Please join us in welcoming our new member Katie Mottram.
Katie is an Author, Speaker, Campaign Founder, Film Producer and Project Coordinator with a background in mental health.
Katie was drawn to work in the mental health field after her mother’s suicide attempt, but the negative conceptual framework led her to try to take her own life due to the feelings of shame and unworthiness it generated. She was then led to seek a different perspective when she experienced a profound spiritual awakening during a meditation in 2012.
She was one of the Founding Directors of the International Spiritual Emergence Network, providing a collaborative platform for the global networks that exist to support people going through the spiritual emergence process. Her personal story is featured in the publication by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Spirituality and Narrative in Psychiatric Practice: Stories of Mind and Soul, 2016, and in her own book; Mend the Gap, 2014.
Katie founded the International anti- stigma campaign in support of those experiencing a difficult transformation process; #Emerging Proud: www.emergingproud.com which became a film in 2017, and the Emerging Kind; a project training Peers to hold ‘Safe Space’ support groups. This project has developed into ‘Support Source Community Sharing Circles’, which Katie is excited about introducing into Project Positive Change with her colleague Linda Allen (also a Project Positive Change Changemaker).
Katie’s other current project is the ‘KindaProud’ series of ‘Pocket Books of Hope’ for people experiencing different themes of mental distress. KindaProud empowers passionate Peers to tell their stories and be validated in doing so by a growing community that values authenticity, vulnerability, equality and honouring of differences. This helps build confidence and reciprocity of support. The project is empowering Peers to bravely speak out, own their story, and in doing so offer HOPE of not just recovery, but transformation to themselves and others.