This morning I jumped on Facebook as I do frequently for my job. However, today I received a notification giving me the option to have a fundraiser for a cause close to my heart in honor of my birthday. For my birthday this year, I’m asking for donations to Project Semicolon. I’ve chosen this nonprofit because, as you know, mental health awareness has a special place in my heart and I think it is a disease that it too often shamed and not taken seriously.
The Project Semicolon represents suicide and mental health awareness. To remind people that they do not need to end it, period. That they can keep going; that there is hope.
I am always looking for a way that we can continue to get the word out and raise awareness of the serious side effects of mental health diseases, make people feel like they can share their stories without shame, and hopefully even helping someone in need. Helping others truly helps me and gives me hope.
Every little bit will help me reach my goal. If you don’t have the monetary means, I just ask that you become a little more aware and gentle with yourself and others.
I challenge you this: ask someone how they’re doing and LISTEN. Listen to their thoughts and hurt, no matter how large or small they may seem to you. Then LOVE. Love them so much that they can truly feel like that can confide in you and that you actually do care. Finally, LEARN. Learn how they feel and how you can help That might be giving your insight, it may be a shoulder to cry on, or it might even just be being there.
If you’re currently in that dark space, share your story or reach out to someone, I promise it will be worth it and I promise people care. I care.