What Brings Me HOPE: I find hope through being part of something bigger than myself.

I found this site through a very unusual “text adventure” called Depression Quest. I’ve suffered through the effects of depression through most of my young adult life and only recently (rounding on 40 years) have I started to feel like I’m getting the hang of things. One of the most important realizations I have had is learning to connect with others (sometimes forcing myself a little) and learning my own value as an individual. I’ve learned to establish assertive boundaries, but continue to find myself dangling on that edge for weeks at a time. My spirituality tells me that I am not alone in the world, not as a human being, or as someone who suffers from depression. I know that isolation is one of the hardest struggles when dealing with my depression and I find that remembering that I am a valuable part of something bigger helps me to maintain perspective. I often find myself counseling others who also deal with depression and hopelessness and I feel called to assist them with this story. This is why I chose to share this little bit here. I believe, if we can find the strength to keep going, we can all be of service to others who suffer through our same condition. Maybe this can offer some inspiration and hope.

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About Kathryn

Kathryn Goetzke has over 30 years of experience in marketing, branding, and strategy. She was recently appointed to be a representative at the United Nations for the World Federation for Mental Health. Kathryn is the Founder of iFred, the International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression, through which she created Hopeful Minds and Hopeful Cities, two programs dedicated to sharing the “how-to” of hope with children, parents, and communities globally. Kathryn presented at Harvard University, the World Bank, the United Nations, and the Never Alone Summit. Hopeful Minds was featured in a documentary by the BBC, and her products and projects have been featured in global media.

Kathryn is a Partner at Innovative Analysis, LLC, where she consults businesses on activating hope in the workplace, and created a college program Hopeful Mindsets, a marketing strategy and course for college students to activate hope on campus. She is the author of the Biggest Little Book About Hope and host of The Hope Matrix Podcast. In her role as Chief Mood Officer at The Mood Factory, she created the first nationwide cause marketing campaign for mental health through her brand Mood-lites, which achieved over 35M in retail sales. Ms. Goetzke serves on advisory boards for FundaMentalSDG, Y Mental Health, Women’s Brain Project, and the Global Mental Health Movement.

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