Deck of Dreams
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Why is mental health important?
Discrimination around mental illness* is prevalent. Fundamentally, we are all the same, we are all human. We all have dreams and a desire to connect.
The Deck of Dreams aims to inspire dream creation. Imagine a world where the focus is not a person’s illness or mental health history, but a person’s dreams and purpose.
1 in 5 Australians experience mental illness in their lifetime. Suicide is the main cause of premature death among people with a mental illness. More than 10% of people with a mental illness die by suicide within the first 10 years of diagnosis (SANE, 2008). The Deck of Dreams hopes to serve as a visual reminder of the beauty and strength in having dreams.
*I struggle with the label “mental illness”, it doesn’t sit well with me when describing these experiences.
I am privileged to work alongside people at various stages of their recovery journeys. The Deck of Dreams is a wonderful resource to inspire the people I work with to consider what their own dreams are and to create their own vision for a meaningful future. I love the Deck of Dreams, as do all of my colleagues with whom I have shared it.
I have my deck placed on my coffee table. They always get complimented when visitors come over. Love them!
Highly recommended resource to uplift, inspire and make you smile! These cards provide for the perfect reminder to reflect on all that is possible, beautiful and transformative within us all despite our life circumstance.
These cards are fun for my children to look at and enjoy as well as for me to read and gain inspiration from – wonderful!
Jenny has made a dream come alive, for herself and others. The cards are beautifully done and a joy to read. I feel privileged to have been a part of it
I found the insight, courage, dreams and hopes expressed by those who created each card so uplifting that I passed on sets to people I know who would be inspired and supported by their content.
I love my set of cards! They are beautifully made and very insightful with stories and dreams that I found touching and inspirational
The cards also have potential in therapeutic support, mental health, the educational sector and in holistic health fields. I can’t stop talking about the innovation and potential of the deck of dreams. Highest recommendation!
10,400 steps up a mountain in Sri Lanka
It was 2 am and it had just started to rain lightly. I rolled out of bed and got ready for my journey. I was going to climb 10,400 steps, but who’s counting?
This was not my typical morning routine. I was in Sri Lanka, an island country situated in the Indian Ocean on India’s Southern coast, and I was about to conquer (sounds grander than saying climb) Adam’s Peak.
The small lights that trailed up the mountain seemed so far away. That’s because it is far, that little voice in my head muttered. It didn’t matter, I knew that before the sun rose I’d be at the peak gazing down at the majesty below.
What about you, what’s on your life list?
This journey was the seed that allowed the Deck of Dreams to grow from a conversation between climbing companions to a real-life project. It was after the epic climb on the way down that I comprehended the task I’d just achieved.
In my post-conquer exhaustion, I said casually, if only I’d known about this earlier I would have put it on my life list (much more affirming than the popular bucket list) so I could gleefully cross it off. It was then I asked my climbing companion the question that started my inspired brain brewing. “What about you, what’s on your life list?”
He replied that walking amongst the silverback gorillas in the rainforest was something he’d always remember. At that moment I knew I wanted to visually capture dreams, not just mine, but everyone’s.
Wouldn’t it be amazing to have a set of images that represented all your dreams, no matter what size? You could share them with people, and then be inspired to add to or grow your dreams?
It didn’t matter what was said next, I already knew I would make it happen, I just wasn’t sure how.
What resulted is a tangible artistic representation of the dreams of 52 people. I truly hope that the images and words in this collection do inspire you to achieve your dreams.
You can get your hot little hands on them from the mindgarden.me shop
The answer is a big YES! Drop me an email and we can talk
Deck of Dreams Media Features
The Wayside Chapel has been a supporter of the project since 2011. Thanks also goes to Douglas Holmes for his input into the project and to Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre and PlanBig for hosting workshops.
During development, Deck of Dreams was part the Day to Day Living program. Day to Day Living provided people living with a long-term mental health issue with a safe and supportive environment to access educational, social and recreational group-based activities.
During it’s time at The Wayside Chapel workshops were run at various services around the Sydney Inner City area, including Buckingham House (Flourish Australia) and B Miles Women’s Foundation. Workshops have also been run outside this area at Kirribilli and Parramatta.
The Deck of Dreams was produced in partnership with Day to Day Living in the Community funded by the Department of Health with support from The Wayside Chapel. The Deck of Dreams formed part of the City of Sydney Narrative Project funded by Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP Salary Trust.
A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is a reality