Charles Gull

Charles Gull

is creating champions of mental health

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“How did I get stuck here?”

In a traffic jam, in a dead-end job, at our second cousin’s tedious engagement party, it’s a question we’ve all asked ourselves at some time or other. Often, when we’re frustrated we just shrug our shoulders and say, “Can’t fix it now, better just knuckle down and suck it up, It’ll be over soon enough.”

  That's the right thing to do isn’t?

Actually, that’s exactly the wrong thing to do. What if the frustration hangs around? This path leads to disappointment, then to disillusionment, then to depression. Now you're asking “Where is the meaning in my life?”. Worse still is deciding that there is no point in carrying on. All too often, such thoughts lead to a tragic end.

The saddest thing about this is that it is so easily avoidable. All you need to do is appreciate how meaningful your life is. Here are some tips from me.
  • Remember, it’s not about how bad everything else is, it’s about how great you are.
  • You’re not the only person struggling with this.
  • Meet with other people and hear their stories about conquering their demons.
But what if it’s difficult for you to ‘get out there’? That’s easy to work around. Just read about other people re-discovering how meaningful and joyful life is. The more inspiring the stories the more inspired you’ll be. Soon you’ll be back on top and busy helping others to do the same.

It was the same with me. I was in a slump and couldn’t see the way out. Then I read a book about famous people. Did you know that Winston Churchill suffered from crippling depression all his life? Did he give in? Certainly not. Instead, he became a national hero. He saved his whole country from invasion by an evil military regime. It got me thinking ‘If he can beat it, then perhaps I can too.’ I invented a super weapon, a book about my own demons. If I could describe them, then I could fight them. I was determined to not only write but publish the book too. Exposed to the light of day, read by others, my demons would shrivel and disappear. Of course, they fought back. I felt intimidated, frightened, vulnerable, scared and full of self-doubt.

I couldn’t do it!

They were beating me and victory was slipping further away. I had to find a way to make my super weapon even more powerful. Then I had a thought.
  • This wasn’t just for me. It was for everyone fighting the same battle, so I needed to recruit some more warriors to fight alongside me.
  • The demons were too strong for a frontal assault, so we needed to out flank them and attack where they were weakest.
I spoke to others and they agreed to let me write about their struggles too. Then I changed direction on the book itself. To maximise the power of our weapon we weren’t going to talk about us at all. It was going to be just about the demons. By only talking about the enemy we could surround it, parcel it, bundle it and banish it far far away. In fact, so far away that it became trapped in a fantasy world of our invention. A place where we had total control. A place it could never escape.

Still with me? That means you care. Maybe you're struggling yourself, maybe you know someone else who is, maybe you just have an enormous compassionate heart. All that matters is that you do care. Now, I need you to do something for me. The more demons we trap in these books and the sooner we do it the greater our victory.

Join us straight away by selecting a pledge tier on the right. =>

You can finish reading this later. Getting involved is more important. We need your support in the battle right now. =>

Still hesitating? Want to know what happens next before committing? Once you have selected your tier, I shall hand you over briefly to the nice people at Patreon. They shall lead you through everything you have to do to finalise the pledge. It is a simple and straight forward process. If you have any concerns or doubts, please talk to me. I’ll help. However, I can’t if you don’t take the next step. =>

Does your pledge matter? Yes, it does. But even though I shall be sharing the profits with a mental health charity, you don’t have to give a lot. Most importantly, when you sign up, even at the minimum pledge, you are adding your voice, letting others know that they are not alone, that you are fighting beside them, vanquishing the demons.

Go ahead, become a Battle Buddy right now. =>

Finally, if you do happen to be diagnosed with a mental disorder and are really struggling with your finances, DON’T sign up to any pledge tier. I want you to join the battle just as much, but I don’t want your money. I want something even more valuable from you. I want you to speak.

  • Speak Up. Tell your story. Send me a private message. I shall be totally discrete with everything you share. Or, if you feel strong enough, do it publicly in the comments section below.
  • Speak Out. Tell others about this battle. Recruit more supporters. Spread the word. Get other people to make a pledge.
And now, before you finally get actively involved, I shall end with the three most important words of all.

Together it's yes.
Tiers
Battle buddy
$1.21 or more per month
You are no longer simply a spectator but a member of a supportive and active   community.


Access   to patron-only posts and chats here on Patreon.

Shot gun
$3.03 or more per month
You have taken up weapons against the enemy by adding your voice to the campaign.


An advanced copy of the first e-book, 1 month ahead of e-book market release.


[benefits of the next lowest tier]    

Wing man
$7.61 or more per month
You are distrupting the enemy's attack and sending an unmistakable signal.


Opportunity to be a Beta / Sensitivity reader on early drafts of my writing.


A monthly newsletter with significant events and progress on the project, sent to an email address of your choice.


[benefits of the next lowest tier]        

Rear guard
$19.11 or more per month
You are shielding our flanks by making a convincing argument in our favour.


Participate in polls to influence the direction the project takes.


A monthly audio-cast of me talking about the project, my life in general and any random thoughts that might pop into my head, sent to an email address of your choice.


[benefits of the next lowest tier]    

Man at Arms
$48 or more per month
You are swinging your battle axe for us and sending an unmistakable message to the world.


Advanced copies of each e-book, 1 month ahead of e-book market release.


The inclusion of a name and a contact detail [if you should so wish] of your choice in the acknowledgements / dedications section of the first e-book.


Inclusion in the monthly audio-cast of a restricted section with an answer to one question taken at random from all the public questions and comments left on the Patreon account.


[benefits   of the next lowest tier]    

Armoured Knight
$120.57 or more per month
You are charging into the enemy's ranks with commitment to spreading the word.


A pre-recorded video-cast of me reading each e-book, no less than 1 month ahead of each e-book's market release.


Advance copy of the first paper-book, 3 months ahead of paper-book market release including a hand written message.


Inclusion in the monthly audio-cast of a private section with an answer to a question asked directly by you.


[benefits of the next lowest tier]    

Great warrior
$302.86 or more per month
The enemy is falling like skittles as you speak out about mental health.


The inclusion of a name and a contact detail [if you should so wish] of your choice in the acknowledgements / dedications section of each e-book.


A pre-recorded video-cast of me reading each book, no less than 3 months ahead of each e-book market release.


Advance copies of each paper-book, no less than 3 months ahead of each paper-book market release. Books to include a message of your choice [subject to editorial approval] hand written by me.


[benefits   of the next lowest tier]    

Melee master
$760.75 or more per month
We are breaking through the enemies lines with your determined support.


A series of video-linkups [at mutualy agreed pre-arranged times] with me where I read each book live and answer your questions, no less than 3 months ahead of paper-book market release.


A personalised account on my website including consolidated access to all current and past emails / casts and further advance and exclusive text, graphics and video content.


The inclusion of a name and a contact detail [if you should so wish] of your choice in the acknowledgements / dedications section of my website.


[benefits of the next lowest tier]    

War Lord
$1,910.91 or more per month
We are pushing their forces back from the battle field as you champion our cause.


Advance copies of each illustrated collectors' edition box set [combined paper and digital media, provisionaly 8 books per box set], 6 months ahead of each box set market release and including a personal hand written message of your choice [subject to editorial approval] in a location of your choice.


Inclusion, along with the box set, of a full set of high quality collectable merchandising items [at a minimum - one mug, one poster, one item of clothing] with additonal hand written signatures [if you should so wish, in locations of your choice].


A regular video call [on average no more often than once per month, at mutually agreed pre-arranged times] with me to talk about the project, our lives in general, any random thoughts or questions that might pop into our heads.


The   inclusion of a name and a contact detail [if you should so wish] of your choice on the front page of my website.


[benefits   of the next lowest tier]

Grand duke
$4,800 or more per month
Your forces are winning the battle as you make it clear we are beating mental illness.


A series of video-links [at pre-arranged times of your choice] with me where I read the book live and answer your questions, no less than 3 months ahead of each e-book market release.


Advanced copies of each paper-book and a personal visit from me [anywhere in the world at a venue of your organising] where I read the book live to you and a small group of your friends and answer your questions, no less than 6 months ahead of paper-book market release.


A regular video call [on average no more often than once per week, at mutually agreed pre-arranged times] with me to talk about the project, our lives in general, any random thoughts or questions that might pop into our heads.


[benefits of the next lowest tier]

High King
$12,057.05 or more per month
The enemy is falling in your name.


A personal visit from me [anywhere in the world at a venue of your organising] where I read each e-book live to whoever you wish and answer your questions, no less than 3 months ahead of each e-book market release.


Credit as co-author on the first e-book.


Inclusion in each box set of an individual special acknowledgement / dedication pamphlet that presents you personaly and shows what a wonderful person you are [if you should so wish, text and graphics subject to mutualy agreement   and professional editorial approval].


A regular video call [on average no more often than once per day, at mutually agreed pre-arranged times] with me to talk about the project, our lives in general and any random thoughts or questions that might pop into our heads.


A personal visit from me for one day once a year [anywhere in the world at a venue of your organising, at a mutually agreed pre-arranged time and date] just because. I'll bring flowers.


[benefits of the next lowest tier]    

Goals
0 of 500 patrons
10 subsidised patron accounts for people that can't afford the minimum pledge every month.

A public awareness campaign involving a registered Mental Health organisation.
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“How did I get stuck here?”

In a traffic jam, in a dead-end job, at our second cousin’s tedious engagement party, it’s a question we’ve all asked ourselves at some time or other. Often, when we’re frustrated we just shrug our shoulders and say, “Can’t fix it now, better just knuckle down and suck it up, It’ll be over soon enough.”

  That's the right thing to do isn’t?

Actually, that’s exactly the wrong thing to do. What if the frustration hangs around? This path leads to disappointment, then to disillusionment, then to depression. Now you're asking “Where is the meaning in my life?”. Worse still is deciding that there is no point in carrying on. All too often, such thoughts lead to a tragic end.

The saddest thing about this is that it is so easily avoidable. All you need to do is appreciate how meaningful your life is. Here are some tips from me.
  • Remember, it’s not about how bad everything else is, it’s about how great you are.
  • You’re not the only person struggling with this.
  • Meet with other people and hear their stories about conquering their demons.
But what if it’s difficult for you to ‘get out there’? That’s easy to work around. Just read about other people re-discovering how meaningful and joyful life is. The more inspiring the stories the more inspired you’ll be. Soon you’ll be back on top and busy helping others to do the same.

It was the same with me. I was in a slump and couldn’t see the way out. Then I read a book about famous people. Did you know that Winston Churchill suffered from crippling depression all his life? Did he give in? Certainly not. Instead, he became a national hero. He saved his whole country from invasion by an evil military regime. It got me thinking ‘If he can beat it, then perhaps I can too.’ I invented a super weapon, a book about my own demons. If I could describe them, then I could fight them. I was determined to not only write but publish the book too. Exposed to the light of day, read by others, my demons would shrivel and disappear. Of course, they fought back. I felt intimidated, frightened, vulnerable, scared and full of self-doubt.

I couldn’t do it!

They were beating me and victory was slipping further away. I had to find a way to make my super weapon even more powerful. Then I had a thought.
  • This wasn’t just for me. It was for everyone fighting the same battle, so I needed to recruit some more warriors to fight alongside me.
  • The demons were too strong for a frontal assault, so we needed to out flank them and attack where they were weakest.
I spoke to others and they agreed to let me write about their struggles too. Then I changed direction on the book itself. To maximise the power of our weapon we weren’t going to talk about us at all. It was going to be just about the demons. By only talking about the enemy we could surround it, parcel it, bundle it and banish it far far away. In fact, so far away that it became trapped in a fantasy world of our invention. A place where we had total control. A place it could never escape.

Still with me? That means you care. Maybe you're struggling yourself, maybe you know someone else who is, maybe you just have an enormous compassionate heart. All that matters is that you do care. Now, I need you to do something for me. The more demons we trap in these books and the sooner we do it the greater our victory.

Join us straight away by selecting a pledge tier on the right. =>

You can finish reading this later. Getting involved is more important. We need your support in the battle right now. =>

Still hesitating? Want to know what happens next before committing? Once you have selected your tier, I shall hand you over briefly to the nice people at Patreon. They shall lead you through everything you have to do to finalise the pledge. It is a simple and straight forward process. If you have any concerns or doubts, please talk to me. I’ll help. However, I can’t if you don’t take the next step. =>

Does your pledge matter? Yes, it does. But even though I shall be sharing the profits with a mental health charity, you don’t have to give a lot. Most importantly, when you sign up, even at the minimum pledge, you are adding your voice, letting others know that they are not alone, that you are fighting beside them, vanquishing the demons.

Go ahead, become a Battle Buddy right now. =>

Finally, if you do happen to be diagnosed with a mental disorder and are really struggling with your finances, DON’T sign up to any pledge tier. I want you to join the battle just as much, but I don’t want your money. I want something even more valuable from you. I want you to speak.

  • Speak Up. Tell your story. Send me a private message. I shall be totally discrete with everything you share. Or, if you feel strong enough, do it publicly in the comments section below.
  • Speak Out. Tell others about this battle. Recruit more supporters. Spread the word. Get other people to make a pledge.
And now, before you finally get actively involved, I shall end with the three most important words of all.

Together it's yes.

Recent posts by Charles Gull

Tiers
Battle buddy
$1.21 or more per month
You are no longer simply a spectator but a member of a supportive and active   community.


Access   to patron-only posts and chats here on Patreon.

Shot gun
$3.03 or more per month
You have taken up weapons against the enemy by adding your voice to the campaign.


An advanced copy of the first e-book, 1 month ahead of e-book market release.


[benefits of the next lowest tier]    

Wing man
$7.61 or more per month
You are distrupting the enemy's attack and sending an unmistakable signal.


Opportunity to be a Beta / Sensitivity reader on early drafts of my writing.


A monthly newsletter with significant events and progress on the project, sent to an email address of your choice.


[benefits of the next lowest tier]        

Rear guard
$19.11 or more per month
You are shielding our flanks by making a convincing argument in our favour.


Participate in polls to influence the direction the project takes.


A monthly audio-cast of me talking about the project, my life in general and any random thoughts that might pop into my head, sent to an email address of your choice.


[benefits of the next lowest tier]    

Man at Arms
$48 or more per month
You are swinging your battle axe for us and sending an unmistakable message to the world.


Advanced copies of each e-book, 1 month ahead of e-book market release.


The inclusion of a name and a contact detail [if you should so wish] of your choice in the acknowledgements / dedications section of the first e-book.


Inclusion in the monthly audio-cast of a restricted section with an answer to one question taken at random from all the public questions and comments left on the Patreon account.


[benefits   of the next lowest tier]    

Armoured Knight
$120.57 or more per month
You are charging into the enemy's ranks with commitment to spreading the word.


A pre-recorded video-cast of me reading each e-book, no less than 1 month ahead of each e-book's market release.


Advance copy of the first paper-book, 3 months ahead of paper-book market release including a hand written message.


Inclusion in the monthly audio-cast of a private section with an answer to a question asked directly by you.


[benefits of the next lowest tier]    

Great warrior
$302.86 or more per month
The enemy is falling like skittles as you speak out about mental health.


The inclusion of a name and a contact detail [if you should so wish] of your choice in the acknowledgements / dedications section of each e-book.


A pre-recorded video-cast of me reading each book, no less than 3 months ahead of each e-book market release.


Advance copies of each paper-book, no less than 3 months ahead of each paper-book market release. Books to include a message of your choice [subject to editorial approval] hand written by me.


[benefits   of the next lowest tier]    

Melee master
$760.75 or more per month
We are breaking through the enemies lines with your determined support.


A series of video-linkups [at mutualy agreed pre-arranged times] with me where I read each book live and answer your questions, no less than 3 months ahead of paper-book market release.


A personalised account on my website including consolidated access to all current and past emails / casts and further advance and exclusive text, graphics and video content.


The inclusion of a name and a contact detail [if you should so wish] of your choice in the acknowledgements / dedications section of my website.


[benefits of the next lowest tier]    

War Lord
$1,910.91 or more per month
We are pushing their forces back from the battle field as you champion our cause.


Advance copies of each illustrated collectors' edition box set [combined paper and digital media, provisionaly 8 books per box set], 6 months ahead of each box set market release and including a personal hand written message of your choice [subject to editorial approval] in a location of your choice.


Inclusion, along with the box set, of a full set of high quality collectable merchandising items [at a minimum - one mug, one poster, one item of clothing] with additonal hand written signatures [if you should so wish, in locations of your choice].


A regular video call [on average no more often than once per month, at mutually agreed pre-arranged times] with me to talk about the project, our lives in general, any random thoughts or questions that might pop into our heads.


The   inclusion of a name and a contact detail [if you should so wish] of your choice on the front page of my website.


[benefits   of the next lowest tier]

Grand duke
$4,800 or more per month
Your forces are winning the battle as you make it clear we are beating mental illness.


A series of video-links [at pre-arranged times of your choice] with me where I read the book live and answer your questions, no less than 3 months ahead of each e-book market release.


Advanced copies of each paper-book and a personal visit from me [anywhere in the world at a venue of your organising] where I read the book live to you and a small group of your friends and answer your questions, no less than 6 months ahead of paper-book market release.


A regular video call [on average no more often than once per week, at mutually agreed pre-arranged times] with me to talk about the project, our lives in general, any random thoughts or questions that might pop into our heads.


[benefits of the next lowest tier]

High King
$12,057.05 or more per month
The enemy is falling in your name.


A personal visit from me [anywhere in the world at a venue of your organising] where I read each e-book live to whoever you wish and answer your questions, no less than 3 months ahead of each e-book market release.


Credit as co-author on the first e-book.


Inclusion in each box set of an individual special acknowledgement / dedication pamphlet that presents you personaly and shows what a wonderful person you are [if you should so wish, text and graphics subject to mutualy agreement   and professional editorial approval].


A regular video call [on average no more often than once per day, at mutually agreed pre-arranged times] with me to talk about the project, our lives in general and any random thoughts or questions that might pop into our heads.


A personal visit from me for one day once a year [anywhere in the world at a venue of your organising, at a mutually agreed pre-arranged time and date] just because. I'll bring flowers.


[benefits of the next lowest tier]