The Kindness Rocks Project

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The Kindness Rocks Project, founded by Megan Murphy, is about discovering the beauty and profound possibilities of hope in acts of kindness, and has become a grassroots movement. Megan Murphy is the author of A Pebble For Your Thoughts and goes on to explain her work in her website: https://www.thekindnessrocksproject.com.

This entry in Mental Health Affairs honors the work of The Kindness Rocks Project and the work of Megan Murphy. A project with a heart warming story, no pun intended, inception began in the quiet torment of despair and unanswered questions needing resolution to move forward in peaceful healing, recovery or any plight surrounded by the toxic wake of negative emotions or energy. The Kindness Rocks Project deserves our attention because it puts gratitude ahead of illness, and love ahead of the chaos that could easily consume us all in the wake of negative energy in the world and our lives.

I first learned about The Kindness Rocks Project on Facebook. The project has a page which popped up on my newsfeed, as so many things do, when friends have similar interests. While not all all pages are worth looking at, this page is certainly worth your attention. That was when Megan Murphy did what she’s best, reaching out to me, forging yet another connection, and inspiring me to keep writing and speaking my message.

After speaking with Megan Murphy, I truly learned how The Kindness Rocks Project not only illustrates our feelings, making them accessible to the touch on rocks, but also creates a space where hope can continue not only persist, but grow in our hearts and minds when we so desperately need inspiration and encouragement. There is no question that this project inspires me, and everyone vested in its work.

Working with schools, hospitals, social welfare networks and charities, The Kindness Rocks Project, is accessible in the most critical environments where illness, doubt, and crisis intersect our lives. Intersection, and as the Kindness Rocks Project refers to it in their movement, as building connections. This project is simply about spreading a message of joy in the spaces where people least expect it. A simple message, but deeply profound, and one that resonates deeply with this writer.

In fact, the project’s message cuts to the very core of my beliefs in communication, giving and receiving empathy, and the importance of non-violent communication. Connecting across differences is what this whole thing is about, here at Mental Health Affairs, and everyone who reinforces and creates a new way of speaking so passionately about love where it is needed the most.

There is no healing without love. Either loving yourself, your body, and your mind, or loving your fellow person; love is what is needed to create a culture capable of supporting healing, respect for others and their needs, and understanding the needs of all people. I truly respect the Kindness Rocks Project, and all projects, which put compassion ahead of personal gain, and joy at the forefront of health and healing.

About the Author

J. Peters

J. Peters is the Editor-in-Chief of Mental Health Affairs.

Award-winning book author and Bold 10 Under ten award recipient J. Peters, LCSW. Through his work as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Mental health therapist and disability rights advocate Mr. Peters fights for those without a voice in various care systems, such as the New York City Department of Social Services, the New York State Office of Mental Health, or the city's Department of Corrections.

Mr. Peter's battle with Schizophrenia began at New London University in his last semester of college. Discharged from Greater Liberty State Hospital Center in July 2008, Jacque's recovery was swift but not painless and indeed brutal after spending six months there.

He has published several journal articles on recovery and mental health and three books: University on Watch, Small Fingernails, and Wales High School. He is also a board member of the newspaper City Voices. Mr. Peters currently sits on the CAB committee (Consumer Advisory Board) for the Department of Mental Health and Hygiene in NYC and the Office of Mental Health (OMH) as a peer advocate.

Owner of Recovery Now in New York, a private psychotherapy practice, Mr. Peter's approach is rooted in a foundation of evidence-based practices (EBP). Jacques earned a master's degree in Social Work from Binghamton University and worked as a field instructor for master's and bachelor's level students in NYC.

He is blogging daily on his site mentalhealthaffairs.blog, Mr. Peters regularly writes articles relating to his lived experience with a mental health diagnosis.

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