September 5th starts World Suicide Prevention Week 2016. There is so much stigma around mental health and I believe that is one of the reasons that suicide rates are higher now than they’ve been in the last thirty years. Depression is not easy to talk about. Suicide is even harder to talk about. But it’s real. So many people suffer, but they shouldn’t have to suffer in silence. We have to end the stigma.
The amazing nonprofit To Write Love On Her Arms has started a fundraiser called #IKeptLiving to help raise $85,000 to help people struggling with depression and suicide and to spread awareness of the silent epidemic that is suicide. They are now over halfway to that goal.
I’ve created my own fundraising page to help TWLOHA reach this goal. This cause means a lot to me, because I have been in the darkness of depression and I know how hard it is to get out. I also know that you CAN get out. Any amount of money will go toward helping people, so what do you have to lose? Donate here.