So this week’s post is a little different.
I’ve written before about the dangers of social media, the comparison and the fake bullshit, but actually, it’s not all bad. For me, Instragram is one of the more positive spaces especially if you consciously choose who you follow. Through my It’s Character Building account, I’ve been able to pick only positive accounts that are spreading uplifting, motivational messages. Gone are the days of following vacuous celebrities or stupid meme accounts (although, there is a place for those in moderation).
What I want to do is spotlight and celebrate some of my favourite Insta friends and so periodically, I’ll be introducing you to people who are doing something good. The first being Kirsten who founded Pro Kind Project and most recently Pro Kind Campaign
I spoke to Kirsten about what she’s doing and why:
Why did you start the project?
I started Pro Kind Project because I want to spread awareness about mental health and kindness in the world. I’m not a therapist, nor a qualified psychologist. I’m a girl dealing with life struggles, similar to others. My main goal in life is to help as many people as I can that are struggling with mental illnesses such as: Eating Disorders, Self-Harm, Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and more. The Pro Kind Project is a pro-recovery blog for all ages that are struggling with mental health issues and body image. I want to stand up and speak out loud about mental health and how it affects so many individuals.
What’s your goal?
My overall goal for this project is to help people feel less alone in the world to remind them that it is possible to have a full life with a mental illness.
How has social media impacted your mission? (either positively or negatively)
Social media has helped blossom my project into something bigger than myself! I am so pleased that I can share my project with the world and be a “doer” in eliminating the stigma surrounding mental health. I have met incredible people in the mental health community and they encourage me every day to keep going.
What’s your long-term plan?
This will remain a passion project because it gives me the courage to never give up on my life or myself. I am not sure where I would be without Pro Kind Project so I am very thankful for it. I might want to transform my blog into a business in the future, but as of right now, I am happy the way it is.