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Funding
Revealing Voices: The Mental Health Podcast
Raising Unanswered Questions; Sharing Unanswered Prayers
Tony Roberts & Eric Riddle
Columbus, United States
$2,830 USD raised by 26 backers
94% of $3,000 
flexible goal
4 days left
Several podcasts touch on mental health. Others bring up topics of faith. We offer a unique faith-based, peer-led perspective. This is a project that has been born out of our own need and a recognition of the needs of others. Revealing Voices will dig deep and share honest stories of ways faith and mental healthcare can work together to promote healing. We also offer humor. We don't take ourselves too seriously. Like the Apostle Paul on lithium or Sigmund Freud at a week-end revival.

Who We Are

We are two men with a firm faith who live with bipolar disorder (bios below). We first met when I (Tony) was launching my book, Delight in Disorder.  We had both fallen on hard times and agreed to meet weekly for prayer and walks, tears and laughter. Out of these gatherings, a mission was conceived. We developed a faith-based, peer-led mental health support group. "Faithful Friends" is still growing strong after three years, without skipping a beat (or a week).

Now, we sense a new mission emerging...

What We Will Do

Many people with mental illness feel alienated from faith communities. Many faith communities fail to understand the value of mental health care. We have lived in both worlds and found both to promote healing. Prayer and pills. Worship and therapy. Bible study and support groups. Revealing Voices (the podcast and website) will build a community where people  listen to and dialogue with others who have been impacted by mental illness and struggle with faith. We don't pretend to have the answer, but we will raise your questions and share your prayers. 

Risks & Challenges

As important as it is to share our struggles with mental health, prevailing stigma discourages us from doing so. People both within and beyond faith communities often see it as an excuse rather than an explanation; a lack of faith, not a chemical reaction; a crime, not an illness.

Eric and I are uniquely positioned to tackle this stigma head-on. We have both revealed our diagnoses to friends, family, co-workers, and the community at large. At times our method of doing this has lacked good judgement, but we have learned even from these trials. We understand the need for wise discretion for when and how you talk about mental health issues. 

What We Need

We need your financial support for the equipment needed to produce a quality podcast, including:

* MacBook Pro

* (2) Shure SM-58 microphones

* Cables, stands, accessories

* (2) Headsets

* Equipment for broadcasting phone calls

* Marketing to make a greater impact in a broader area.

* A portion of donations exceeding our goal will go to NAMI-Faith Net.

The difference you can make.

Studies show that at least 20% of the US population struggles with a mental health issue. Research also suggests that very few pastors and churches are equipped to address the needs of persons with mental illness. Your contribution will foster dialogue that offers hope for people who have troubled minds. Hope.  Compassion. With your gifts, you can invest in this vital mission.

If you are not in a position to make a financial gift at this time, we get it. There are other valued ways you can support our mission:

* Pray. Prayer is not a magical panacea to manipulate giving. Yet, through prayer, needs are met.

* Share. Tell others about our project. We'd be delighted if you'd put it on your social media.

The benefits you receive

We want to express our gratitude for your support, so we are offering a wide variety of bonuses, from a "Making of Revealing Voices" audio recording to signed copies of Delight in Disorder and Watershed. Up to an opportunity to dialogue with us on the show.

The path ahead

In her New York Times best-selling memoir An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness, Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison, writes this:

“I am tired of hiding, tired of misspent and knotted energies, tired of the hypocrisy, and tired of acting as though I have something to hide.” 

We grow tired of not being transparent. We want to share our stories.

Together, let's reveal our voices. Raise unanswered questions. Share unanswered prayers.

 

More about Eric & Tony:

Eric was born in Detroit, MI, grew up in Owensboro, KY, and moved to Columbus, IN in 1996.  Eric received a Hoosier education with a BA in History and MBA in Social Entrepreneurship from Indiana University. Currently, he works as a full-time product developer while supporting non-profits through his organization, Watershed Philanthropy. 


His life took an unexpected turn in 2008 when a devastating flood led him to become a volunteer case manager. After the experience, he wrote a book called Watershed: Service in the Wake of Disaster. 

The lessons in recovery that he learned during that time continue to inspire him today.  To honor the 10 year flood anniversary, Eric is currently working to create a park in a residential area devastated by the flood.

In 2017, Eric accomplished 2 milestone goals.  First, he hiked a marathon distance in one day in Hoosier National Forest.  He also completed his goal of writing 1 haiku per day over a full year.    

Eric’s supports mental health peer recovery through involvement in th National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI,) The Stability Network, and Faithful Friends ministry.  

On a final note, Eric listens to some podcasts at 1.5x speed, so he is more than happy if you listen to Tony and him in chipmunk mode.

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Tony grew up near Indianapolis, Indiana worshiping basketball, with delusions of playing for the Pacers. He went to Hanover College where he obtained a B.A. in English and theology. He then graduated with a Master's of Divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Seminary.

He went on to serve 20 years in pastoral ministry while living with bipolar disorder. In 2014, he published a spiritual memoir, Delight in Disorder: Ministry, Madness, Mission . He has written for a variety of magazines and journals, including Leadership, Presbyterians Today, and Upper Room.

Tony was a keynote speaker at the first "Shattering Stigma with Stories" conference in Lake Oswego (OR), and the co-founder (along with Eric Riddle) of the "Faithful Friends" mental health support group. He is inspired by Americana music; John Prine is his muse.

Perks
$10
USD
$15 (33% Off)
Delight in Disorder Book Deal
As a special holiday deal from Dec. 7 to our campaign close on Dec. 20, we are offering Tony's "Delight in Disorder" book for a donation of $10 or more. This devotional memoir details Tony's struggle with bipolar while serving in pastoral ministry.
Items included:
  • Delight in Disorder book
2 out of 50 claimed
Estimated January 2018
Estimated January 2018
Get this perk
$10
USD
The Making of Revealing Voices
Give at this level and hear the brilliance and idiocy, the foibles and flaws, the energy and lags that go into the creative process. Also, just as a baby coos before she speaks, we Ummmed and Ahhhed. We aren't professional, but we sure are cute.
Items included:
  • Creative Process Recording
  • Unaired Pilot Episode
1 claimed
Estimated February 2018
Estimated February 2018
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$25
USD
Delight in Disorder Book
"Delight in Disorder: Ministry, Madness, Mission" is Tony Roberts's spiritual memoir of his years of service as a pastor with bipolar disorder. At this level you will receive a signed copy of the book directly from the author.
Items included:
  • Creative Process Recording
  • Unaired Pilot Episode
  • Delight in Disorder book
2 out of 30 claimed
Estimated January 2018
Estimated January 2018
Get this perk
$50
USD
Watershed book
"Watershed: Service in the Wake of Disaster" is Eric Riddle's personal account of Columbus, Indiana's recovery following the historic 2008 flood. Give at this level and receive a personalized signed copy.
Items included:
  • Creative Process Recording
  • Unaired Pilot Episode
  • Delight in Disorder book
  • Watershed book
3 out of 20 claimed
Ships to: United States
Estimated April 2018
Estimated April 2018
Get this perk
$100
USD
Your Question/Prayer on show
If you are supporting this project, you likely have unanswered questions to raise, unanswered prayers to share. You aren't looking for quick, thoughtless answers. You want to be taken seriously, not discounted. Give at this level and we will address your question or prayer in a 2018 episode.
Items included:
  • Creative Process Recording
  • Unaired Pilot Episode
  • Delight in Disorder book
  • Watershed book
  • Your Question/Prayer on show.
1 out of 10 claimed
Ships to: United States
Estimated April 2018
Estimated April 2018
Get this perk
$250
USD
Dialogue on Show
In honor of giving at the highest level, we invite you to join us for a show in 2018, We want to hear more what motivates you to promote faith and mental health. You can ask us questions. We'll ask you questions. We'll engage in a genuine dialogue over topics that matter.
Items included:
  • Creative Process Recording
  • Unaired Pilot Episode
  • Delight in Disorder book
  • Watershed book
  • Your Question/Prayer on show.
  • Dialogue on Show
1 out of 5 claimed
Ships to: United States
Estimated April 2018
Estimated April 2018
Get this perk
Several podcasts touch on mental health. Others bring up topics of faith. We offer a unique faith-based, peer-led perspective. This is a project that has been born out of our own need and a recognition of the needs of others. Revealing Voices will dig deep and share honest stories of ways faith and mental healthcare can work together to promote healing. We also offer humor. We don't take ourselves too seriously. Like the Apostle Paul on lithium or Sigmund Freud at a week-end revival.
Perks
$10
USD
$15 (33% Off)
Delight in Disorder Book Deal
As a special holiday deal from Dec. 7 to our campaign close on Dec. 20, we are offering Tony's "Delight in Disorder" book for a donation of $10 or more. This devotional memoir details Tony's struggle with bipolar while serving in pastoral ministry.
Items included:
  • Delight in Disorder book
2 out of 50 claimed
Estimated January 2018
Estimated January 2018
Get this perk
$10
USD
The Making of Revealing Voices
Give at this level and hear the brilliance and idiocy, the foibles and flaws, the energy and lags that go into the creative process. Also, just as a baby coos before she speaks, we Ummmed and Ahhhed. We aren't professional, but we sure are cute.
Items included:
  • Creative Process Recording
  • Unaired Pilot Episode
1 claimed
Estimated February 2018
Estimated February 2018
Get this perk
$25
USD
Delight in Disorder Book
"Delight in Disorder: Ministry, Madness, Mission" is Tony Roberts's spiritual memoir of his years of service as a pastor with bipolar disorder. At this level you will receive a signed copy of the book directly from the author.
Items included:
  • Creative Process Recording
  • Unaired Pilot Episode
  • Delight in Disorder book
2 out of 30 claimed
Estimated January 2018
Estimated January 2018
Get this perk
$50
USD
Watershed book
"Watershed: Service in the Wake of Disaster" is Eric Riddle's personal account of Columbus, Indiana's recovery following the historic 2008 flood. Give at this level and receive a personalized signed copy.
Items included:
  • Creative Process Recording
  • Unaired Pilot Episode
  • Delight in Disorder book
  • Watershed book
3 out of 20 claimed
Ships to: United States
Estimated April 2018
Estimated April 2018
Get this perk
$100
USD
Your Question/Prayer on show
If you are supporting this project, you likely have unanswered questions to raise, unanswered prayers to share. You aren't looking for quick, thoughtless answers. You want to be taken seriously, not discounted. Give at this level and we will address your question or prayer in a 2018 episode.
Items included:
  • Creative Process Recording
  • Unaired Pilot Episode
  • Delight in Disorder book
  • Watershed book
  • Your Question/Prayer on show.
1 out of 10 claimed
Ships to: United States
Estimated April 2018
Estimated April 2018
Get this perk
$250
USD
Dialogue on Show
In honor of giving at the highest level, we invite you to join us for a show in 2018, We want to hear more what motivates you to promote faith and mental health. You can ask us questions. We'll ask you questions. We'll engage in a genuine dialogue over topics that matter.
Items included:
  • Creative Process Recording
  • Unaired Pilot Episode
  • Delight in Disorder book
  • Watershed book
  • Your Question/Prayer on show.
  • Dialogue on Show
1 out of 5 claimed
Ships to: United States
Estimated April 2018
Estimated April 2018
Get this perk
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