I have been rock painting for 2 years and found it a great way to cope after the suicide of my brother. No help was available due to my chronic mental health disorders, due to trauma at the hands of my parents. I have a degenerative spinal condition, was paralyzed from the waist down in 2001, have limited use of my legs, but have a reason to move now on my good days and go outside.
KEMP Hospice gave me bereavement councilling and saved my life, I aimed to raise £100 a month painting rocks for them and can see I could help others.
I have self funded from my benefits to date but now have found a specialist private councillor, so funds are very limited. I would like to do fetes, schools, play schemes, nursing homes, parks as well as run regular sessions in lieu of any mental health support locally etc A reason to go outside is all I needed, it was life changing. Anyone can paint rocks, we recycle many things, but need paint pens, a stock of rocks, business insurance and a few adaptions due to my physical disabilities.
To be able to give a pack of pens and a can of varnish to someone struggling would enable them to give a long lasting mini work of art as an eco friendly thank you that doesn't need a tree chopping down, giving them purpose, release and relaxation benefits. A painted rock instead of a card its more eco friendly, gathering rocks means going outside a simple activity thats so hard during the black days. Its a way for those without funds to have something to swap for necessities, not everyone wants a Big Issue.
The random act of kindness, leaving a rock you have painted for a stranger hits the mark, a mark that runs deep as I was bred to give all, its a great way to cope with this desire. To date 4 people have PMed me to say the anti suicide rock they found made a huge difference, I have secretly left them at hotspots for 2 years, as well as happy & funny rocks all over the country. Some finders post a pic on KEMP rocks, its not why we do it, but its great to see your pebble in America of its just completed the 3 peaks. This would be ROCKING Mad forum and website once I have started, with instructional videos and links to the best materials. Their is not very good UK videos currently and yet a huge demand, I am on the main forum which has 96,000 members, all with the same desire of random acts of kindness, raising and sharing smiles, the world needs more than that.