Katie Houghton is creating hope to those with mental illness
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Hi! Thanks for stopping by! Your support is HUGELY appreciated!!

A little about me!

My name is Katie and I have a website called A Journey To Hope. It is a place that I aim to raise awareness on mental health issues as well as spread a little hope!

I myself  have had a long battle with mental health issues whichstarted with self harm when I was 14 years old, this then in my late teens - mid twenties developed in to anorexia which I battled for a number of years including three hospital admissions. I also have bipolar disorder and this has also resulted in three hospital admissions and so mental health is something that I am extremely passionate about!

I have been free from both anorexia and self harm for approx ten years and while the bipolar will unfortunately never leave me i feel I have grown with it and I have a much deeper understanding of the illness and of myself which enables me to react to it better than I once did. 

I have an etsy shop and I have always made my parcels very pretty with "Happy Post' stickers - I like to think the parcels create a smile before people have even opened their order and so I had an idea to out those pretty parcels to a different use!

I decided to send "Happy Post" to those going through a hard time in their life and to those struggling with mental illness. 

The Website.

My website is the platform for this project where people can request happy post, happy post cards, (these are little cards that people request and leave somewhere for someone else to find, hopefully creating a smiley ripple effect and help those who may find them on a bad day) read my blogs and watch my vlogs on mental health issues. 

I hope to create somewhere where people feel less alone. Mental illness can be extremely isolating and I whole heartedly believe that sometimes it is just the small things that can make a big difference!

I have had such wonderful messages from people thanking me for their happy post, saying how much it brightened their day, made them feel less alone and in a lot of cases made them cry! (In a good way, honestly!)

My happy post usually consists of quote prints, designed by me off the back of my etsy shop and a happy post card all wrapped inside a very bright shiny envelope of loveliness!

I receive some truly sad yet wonderfully inspiring messages from people who are going through some terrible times and just need to know that there is someone there for them, that someone is listening. I also get people nominating their loved ones for post as a surprise which is beautiful.

I am very passionate about mental health, along side running this I am a Mind and Time To Change media contact, I did a BBC news interview some years ago on crisis care and the use of police within mental health treatment and Time To Change have shared my blogs and vlogs and I really hope to continue with these sorts of things to raise awareness too. 

Soooooo......Why do I need to use patreon????

I fund this project myself. I don't charge a penny because that isn't what it's about. I want to make people smile, and I want to make people feel less alone. Even if it's only for the minute that they open their happy post then that is my goal achieved and i don't want to charge for that!

I can't work full time due to my own health (very annoyingly as I have always been very ambitious!) so I fund this project with very limited funds.
I pay monthly for the website, then there is the card, printer ink (which I go through quite rapidly!), sticker paper, foil (to make my shiny happy post stickers!), hard back envelopes, cello envelopes, and of course - the postage!

Materials wise I can get through it very quickly - you'd be surprised how quickly! And the costs mount up quite quickly too!

I do get stamp donations occasionally which is such an amazing help and I am always so grateful for this but the running costs and most of the postage costs are met by myself.

I can't always send to as many as I'd like to, or it can take longer that I would like due to the limitations of my own funds and available money and I am currently limited to the UK as I cannot fund worldwide postage on the Happy Post which I would really like to be able to do!

I would love to grow this project, think of new ideas and where I can go with it next but at the moment I am just too limited on funds to be able to do this. 

Getting your support with this would mean that I can continue to send happy post week in week out, make sure that i can continue to run my website, keep me stocked with the materials i need and also maybe help me build on the project too!



Tiers
A HUGE thank you!!!
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
You are a star!

Thank you! You are helping me keep this project going and for the I am incredibly grateful! 

Thank you!!!! - Take some happy post!!
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
You are a super star!

Thank you! You are helping me keep this project going and for the I am incredibly grateful! 

As a thank you leave your address when you pledge and I will send you your very own happy post in the form of an inspirational quote print that you can frame and keep forever to remind you how awesome you are! 

You must be sent some happy post and a little extra!
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
You are a super star!

Thank you! You are helping me keep this project going and for the I am incredibly grateful! 

As a thank you leave your address when you pledge and I will send you your very own one off happy post to thank you! This will include a little extra gift on top  of the A5 quote print! 

Frame the print to forever remind you of your awesomeness!!

Wow! You are a beautiful human!
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
You are a super star!

Thank you! You are helping me keep this project going and for the I am incredibly grateful! 

As a thank you leave your address when you pledge and I will send you your very own happy post ONCE A MONTH!

quote prints, cards, surprises!! whatever it is you will have your very own super shiny happy post envelope dropping through your letter box once every month to rend you of your awesomeness!!!

How AMAZING are you right now?!?
$30 or more per month 0 patrons
You are a super star!

Thank you! You are helping me keep this project going and for the I am incredibly grateful! 

As a thank you leave your address when you pledge and I will send you your very own happy post ONCE A MONTH!

quote prints, cards, surprises!! whatever it is you will have your very own super shiny happy post envelope dropping through your letter box once every month to rend you of your awesomeness!!!


You will receive at least two things in your happy post per month!

OMG!!! You are literally an amazing human!!!
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
You are a SUPER star!

Thank you! You are helping me keep this project going and for the I am incredibly grateful! 

As a thank you leave your address when you pledge and I will send you your very own happy post ONCE A MONTH!

quote prints, cards, surprises!! whatever it is you will have your very own super shiny happy post envelope dropping through your letter box once every month to rend you of your awesomeness!!!


You will receive at least 4 things a month in your happy post!!

I'm out of words for your amazingness right now!
$70 or more per month 0 patrons
You are a SUPER star!

Thank you! You are helping me keep this project going and for the I am incredibly grateful! 

As a thank you leave your address when you pledge and I will send you your very own happy post ONCE A MONTH!

quote prints, cards, surprises!! whatever it is you will have your very own super shiny happy post envelope dropping through your letter box once every month to rend you of your awesomeness!!!


You will receive at least 5 things a month in your happy post!!

I'm actually lost for words....This doesn't happen very often!
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
Wow!!!!!!!! You are a SUPER star!

I can't thank you enough!

 You are helping me keep this project going and so much more!!!! For the I am incredibly grateful! 

As a thank you leave your address when you pledge and I will send you your very own happy post ONCE A MONTH!

quote prints, cards, surprises!! whatever it is you will have your very own super shiny happy post envelope dropping through your letter box once every month to rend you of your awesomeness!!!


You will receive at least 6 things a month in your happy post!!

Goals
$0 of $150 per month
When I reach $150 per month I would like to start sending happy post further than the UK and start taking requests worldwide.
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Hi! Thanks for stopping by! Your support is HUGELY appreciated!!

A little about me!

My name is Katie and I have a website called A Journey To Hope. It is a place that I aim to raise awareness on mental health issues as well as spread a little hope!

I myself  have had a long battle with mental health issues whichstarted with self harm when I was 14 years old, this then in my late teens - mid twenties developed in to anorexia which I battled for a number of years including three hospital admissions. I also have bipolar disorder and this has also resulted in three hospital admissions and so mental health is something that I am extremely passionate about!

I have been free from both anorexia and self harm for approx ten years and while the bipolar will unfortunately never leave me i feel I have grown with it and I have a much deeper understanding of the illness and of myself which enables me to react to it better than I once did. 

I have an etsy shop and I have always made my parcels very pretty with "Happy Post' stickers - I like to think the parcels create a smile before people have even opened their order and so I had an idea to out those pretty parcels to a different use!

I decided to send "Happy Post" to those going through a hard time in their life and to those struggling with mental illness. 

The Website.

My website is the platform for this project where people can request happy post, happy post cards, (these are little cards that people request and leave somewhere for someone else to find, hopefully creating a smiley ripple effect and help those who may find them on a bad day) read my blogs and watch my vlogs on mental health issues. 

I hope to create somewhere where people feel less alone. Mental illness can be extremely isolating and I whole heartedly believe that sometimes it is just the small things that can make a big difference!

I have had such wonderful messages from people thanking me for their happy post, saying how much it brightened their day, made them feel less alone and in a lot of cases made them cry! (In a good way, honestly!)

My happy post usually consists of quote prints, designed by me off the back of my etsy shop and a happy post card all wrapped inside a very bright shiny envelope of loveliness!

I receive some truly sad yet wonderfully inspiring messages from people who are going through some terrible times and just need to know that there is someone there for them, that someone is listening. I also get people nominating their loved ones for post as a surprise which is beautiful.

I am very passionate about mental health, along side running this I am a Mind and Time To Change media contact, I did a BBC news interview some years ago on crisis care and the use of police within mental health treatment and Time To Change have shared my blogs and vlogs and I really hope to continue with these sorts of things to raise awareness too. 

Soooooo......Why do I need to use patreon????

I fund this project myself. I don't charge a penny because that isn't what it's about. I want to make people smile, and I want to make people feel less alone. Even if it's only for the minute that they open their happy post then that is my goal achieved and i don't want to charge for that!

I can't work full time due to my own health (very annoyingly as I have always been very ambitious!) so I fund this project with very limited funds.
I pay monthly for the website, then there is the card, printer ink (which I go through quite rapidly!), sticker paper, foil (to make my shiny happy post stickers!), hard back envelopes, cello envelopes, and of course - the postage!

Materials wise I can get through it very quickly - you'd be surprised how quickly! And the costs mount up quite quickly too!

I do get stamp donations occasionally which is such an amazing help and I am always so grateful for this but the running costs and most of the postage costs are met by myself.

I can't always send to as many as I'd like to, or it can take longer that I would like due to the limitations of my own funds and available money and I am currently limited to the UK as I cannot fund worldwide postage on the Happy Post which I would really like to be able to do!

I would love to grow this project, think of new ideas and where I can go with it next but at the moment I am just too limited on funds to be able to do this. 

Getting your support with this would mean that I can continue to send happy post week in week out, make sure that i can continue to run my website, keep me stocked with the materials i need and also maybe help me build on the project too!



Recent posts by Katie Houghton

Tiers
A HUGE thank you!!!
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
You are a star!

Thank you! You are helping me keep this project going and for the I am incredibly grateful! 

Thank you!!!! - Take some happy post!!
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
You are a super star!

Thank you! You are helping me keep this project going and for the I am incredibly grateful! 

As a thank you leave your address when you pledge and I will send you your very own happy post in the form of an inspirational quote print that you can frame and keep forever to remind you how awesome you are! 

You must be sent some happy post and a little extra!
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
You are a super star!

Thank you! You are helping me keep this project going and for the I am incredibly grateful! 

As a thank you leave your address when you pledge and I will send you your very own one off happy post to thank you! This will include a little extra gift on top  of the A5 quote print! 

Frame the print to forever remind you of your awesomeness!!

Wow! You are a beautiful human!
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
You are a super star!

Thank you! You are helping me keep this project going and for the I am incredibly grateful! 

As a thank you leave your address when you pledge and I will send you your very own happy post ONCE A MONTH!

quote prints, cards, surprises!! whatever it is you will have your very own super shiny happy post envelope dropping through your letter box once every month to rend you of your awesomeness!!!

How AMAZING are you right now?!?
$30 or more per month 0 patrons
You are a super star!

Thank you! You are helping me keep this project going and for the I am incredibly grateful! 

As a thank you leave your address when you pledge and I will send you your very own happy post ONCE A MONTH!

quote prints, cards, surprises!! whatever it is you will have your very own super shiny happy post envelope dropping through your letter box once every month to rend you of your awesomeness!!!


You will receive at least two things in your happy post per month!

OMG!!! You are literally an amazing human!!!
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
You are a SUPER star!

Thank you! You are helping me keep this project going and for the I am incredibly grateful! 

As a thank you leave your address when you pledge and I will send you your very own happy post ONCE A MONTH!

quote prints, cards, surprises!! whatever it is you will have your very own super shiny happy post envelope dropping through your letter box once every month to rend you of your awesomeness!!!


You will receive at least 4 things a month in your happy post!!

I'm out of words for your amazingness right now!
$70 or more per month 0 patrons
You are a SUPER star!

Thank you! You are helping me keep this project going and for the I am incredibly grateful! 

As a thank you leave your address when you pledge and I will send you your very own happy post ONCE A MONTH!

quote prints, cards, surprises!! whatever it is you will have your very own super shiny happy post envelope dropping through your letter box once every month to rend you of your awesomeness!!!


You will receive at least 5 things a month in your happy post!!

I'm actually lost for words....This doesn't happen very often!
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
Wow!!!!!!!! You are a SUPER star!

I can't thank you enough!

 You are helping me keep this project going and so much more!!!! For the I am incredibly grateful! 

As a thank you leave your address when you pledge and I will send you your very own happy post ONCE A MONTH!

quote prints, cards, surprises!! whatever it is you will have your very own super shiny happy post envelope dropping through your letter box once every month to rend you of your awesomeness!!!


You will receive at least 6 things a month in your happy post!!