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Minds Anonymous

Woking GU22
Charity and Not-for-Profit

About Us

Minds Anonymous is a newly launched initiative dedicated to increasing understanding and ending the stigma surrounding mental health and has received backing from experts and leading organisations. 

It is the brainchild of 31 year old Louisa “Wizzi” Magnussen, who has herself sucessfully battled bipolar and other mental health conditions. The website allows people, for the first time, to share their mental health stories anonymously and read the stories of others. By giving people a voice, it aims to prove that managing mental health is part of being human and end the shame surrounding mental health conditions.  

Wizzi, now happy and well, explained how she came up with the idea; “I was interviewed for an article on bipolar and found the process of telling my story incredibly therapeutic. However, I was terrified by the prospect of publishing it under my name as there is still so much stigma surorunding mental health. I worried that I’d never be hired again. I was put on furlough and the name Minds Anonymous came to me. 24 hours later I launched the website to give others a chance to go through the process of telling their stories. By keeping it anonymous, each writer’s identity is protected so it’s a judgement free space where people can be honest without feeling ashamed.” 

Minds Anonymous has already had over 3500 views from 1200 unique visitors in over 40 countries and numerous stories uploaded, from tales of depression to abuse and psychosis. The stories themselves are compelling and give a first hand insight into conditions that are widely misunderstood.

Why we're raising money

Mind Anonymous already has a diverse library of stories but is encouraging more contributions thanks to the generosity of MyCognition, an NHS approved app designed to manage mental health. They are sponsoring Minds Anonymous by providing free access to the MyCognitionPRO app for writers.

Wizzi says; “The stories coming in are incredibly powerful. We’ve heard from sufferers of bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, psychosis and more as well as stories that tackle difficult topics such as suicide, grief, redundancy and being from the LGBTQI+ community. Every story I read helps me understand others a little better and by understanding others we are in a better place to support each another. Writers have fedback that when they write their stories, they feel like they have downloaded some of their anguish and are better able to process their experiences. We also have supporting articles from professionals on the site.”

Minds Anonymous is hoping that those who struggle with their mental health, the people who support them, professionals and policy makers will all use the site to improve their understanding of this topic. Minds Anonymous would also like to see fiction writers use the website as a research resource to help end the damaging misrepresentation of mental illness in drama.  

Minds Anonymous enjoys a growing list of enthusiastic supporters from professionals working in mental health who can see the huge impact that it will have on individuals and on society. However support has been in-kind, the initiative is entirely self-funded with growing operational costs which Wizzi is meeting out of her very limited personal resources.

For the site to continue to help people, and to expand the number of people reached, Minds Anonymous needs funding. If you feel you would like to make a one-off donation or even set up a regular monthly contribution, then it would be gratefully received. Every penny will go directly to the “front line”.

£10 = The engagement of a professional proofreader and editor to ensure the quality of a piece of content is publish ready

£15 = The production of an audio book of one of our stories to give more people access to our content 

£20 = Pays the website hosting costs for one month

£30 = Sponsors a voice, giving the opportunity for someone to be interviewed and their story written by our media professional partners at wiz-media.co.uk

£50 = The production of a supporting video asset featuring one of our professional partners

£250 = Covers our website hosting costs for one year

£500 = The design of the website itself

Thank you for taking the time to visit our campaign page.

Active campaigns

Regular Giving

Donations for St Peter & St Paul’s Church, West Wittering

Donations for St Peter & St Paul’s Church, West Wittering, PO20 8AJ.   The primary objective of West Wittering PCC is the promotion of the Good News of Jesus Christ according to the doctrines and practices of the Church of England.
£6,072.50 Raised Ongoing
Regular Giving

Ongoing Support

Your support of our retired clergy is greatly appreciated. The Retired Priests’  Fund is operated by the Diocese of Shrewsbury (Registered Charity No 234025) which continues the mission of the Catholic Church across Cheshire, Shropshire and part of Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Derbyshire.  
£17,786.25 Raised Ongoing
Closed

DRET Santa Run 2020

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR THE DRET SANTA RUN 2020 HAS NOW PASSED.   BUT THERE IS STILL TIME TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT TO THE THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN PARTICIPATING. YOU CAN MAKE A DONATION TO THE INSPIRATION FUND VIA A RUNNER’S DEDICATED SPONSORSHIP PAGE OR SIMPLY BY CLICKING “DONATE” ON THIS PAGE.   THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE FOR THE RUN!   We're delighted to see the DRET Santa Run for the second successive year! Last year over 2,700 students and staff took part to raise more than £30,000 for the Inspiration Fund.   To start raising sponsorship for you to take part, simply click the "Launch Your Own Campaign" button and set up your very own sponsorship page to share with friends and family. This easy to use platform takes away the need for you to go around collecting cash and signatures for sponsorship, turning everything electronic. It is easier than ever to share with potential sponsors by sharing the link on your page to any social media platform, text to friends and family or send via email.   Remember, to take part, each participant will need to raise at least £1 (non-gift aided) entry sponsorship. Participants raising £5 or more will receive a Santa Hat to run in. Raising £10 or more will get you a full Santa Suit, and £15 or more will get you a full suit AND a medal to remember the day by! The top fundraisers in each Academy will also receive a prize, and the highest fundraiser in the whole Trust will win an amazing Sport or Music prize for their school.   Thank you for participating, and good luck!   You can find out more information on the Inspiration Fund here: https://app.investmycommunity.com/the-david-ross-education-trust-2391  
£23,891.86 Closed
238.92% of target
Regular Giving

St Mark's School Bath - love learning!

#Love Learning: Launching our Spring ‘Love our library - curl up and read’ appeal!Here at St Mark’s School in Larkhall, Bath, we’ve launched a Regular Giving campaign to raise funds to improve the environment and facilities that our wonderful school offers. In support of our school vision:‘St Mark’s vision is to promote self-worth that inspires our students to live well, achieve their goals and be a force for good in their school and in the world.’
£6,417.50 Raised Ongoing
Regular Giving

Beechen Cliff School PTA

We can’t do the following on our own, so we need your help. (Please) Supporting the children and families of Beechen Cliff School. The PTA is proud to launch this crowdfunding appeal to help our school in supporting those families most affected by this pandemic. It will take time for Covid restrictions to be lifted and we have identified three key areas where supporting our school is most urgently required. 1. Mental healthWe aim to raise £5000 to support the mental health services offered to the Beechen Cliff School Community. We would like to support the ongoing vital work for the ‘Solution-Focused Mental Health Programme’. This was launched in June 2020 for families and staff adversely affected by the pandemic. A need has been identified amongst 10% of our parent body who replied in the first wave of communication and are actively seeking support with their own and their family’s mental health. Lessening anxiety and depression within a family setting, will help to improve the pupil’s chance of achieving a good academic education whilst remote learning. 2.  Laptops We aim to raise £5000 to buy laptops and IT equipment. In this way we can provide practical support for our students who still do not have sufficient access to a laptop or adequate connectivity to be effective home learners. The provision of good technical support is essential in developing learning and ensuring that they are able to progress in line with their peers. 3. Clubhouse We aim to raise £10,000 The PTA funded a new all-purpose school clubhouse successfully installed as a shell just before the first lockdown. However, work still needs to be completed including the provision of running water, drainage facilities and electricity. During  September -December 2020 the clubhouse was used as an emergency satellite canteen to feed the masses. Supporting these vital works will bring immediate benefits in covid times and longer term resourcing for the wider community, in both social and sporting terms, as a fully functioning school facility. To ensure a level educational playing field, the PTA is starting this crowdfunding campaign now to help support every member of our community navigate the implications of the pandemic lockdowns and uncertainty. So why Crowdfunding? It’s a great way to achieve a fundraising target through a group of people all coming together to put funds into the same pot and encouraging others to do the same. The larger the group or ‘crowd’ formed, the more money we raise so the key to any crowdfunding appeal is getting the message out there via all of our networks – social media including messaging apps like What’s App. Please help us to make this possible by donating what you feel comfortable giving and please pass on the appeal details on your own social media network to family, friends and your other contacts to help spread our message. This is really important within our local community. Every single donation helps and every single share helps too! To set up a regular donation, please click on the DONATE button. You can choose how much to donate each month, and we can also claim Gift Aid on your donation, boosting it by 25%. This can be cancelled and controlled by yourself, at any time should your circumstances change. Of course, Regular Giving may not suit everyone, so if you prefer, you can choose to make a one-off donation to help fund our vital wish list of projects. Thank you so much for your support of the PTA and for sharing this campaign. 
£17,894.25 Raised Ongoing
Regular Giving

Ongoing Support

Your support of the training of our clergy is greatly appreciated. The Clergy Education & Training Fund is operated by the Diocese of Shrewsbury (Registered Charity No 234025) which continues the mission of the Catholic Church across Cheshire, Shropshire and part of Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Derbyshire.
£14,475.00 Raised Ongoing
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