Everyone knows someone who is struggling with something. The Hope Project is aimed at crisis prevention by skilling and equipping people better everyday, to not just exist or survive but to thrive in life.
The Founder Kate Seselja noticed that it is not that people can not identify or admit their struggles, the escalation of pain occurs when they have lost hope in the outcome for their life changing. Entrenched hopelessness occurs due to two factors, either the person has put their hand up for help and it hadn’t worked, or they have never been modelled an alternative or the opportunity for genuine vulnerable exchange – human to human connection.
No one should ever be judged or chained to the guilt pain and shame of the past. As a society we should be encouraged and supported to reclaim our unique lives and contribute positively to society – Restore Hope and Kindness Follows.
Kate knows this firsthand because she was driven to total despair in 2012 when the mother of 6 almost took her life, after battling an addiction for over 12 years. She researched and observed and saw the gaps in the human experience and developed a system for living a life of sustainable mental health called AWAKE derived from her own journey. The only way to stop the constant flow of people into struggle that they get trapped in, is to skill and equip people proactively.
Kate delivers AWAKE workshops in workplaces, universities, schools and community groups and is a sought-after speaker by courageously modelling vulnerability as her gentle authenticity transforms audiences. AWAKE the self-guided resource is a valuable toolkit and the online course will be available soon.
Kate has also obtained a license for a powerful documentary, Resilience – The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope. If you’d like to host a screening with your community register your interest.
The Hope Project is changing the way society views struggle, destroying stigma and challenges the systems that cause human harm. Human struggle is a global issue so Kate –an Ambassador of World Kindness Australia and a certified United Nations Advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals targets SDG #3 Good Health and Well Being for all, has worked both here and abroad.
HOPE stands for Help Other People Everyday with a focus that no one gets left behind.