Word Press Post A Day – The internet has recently been swept up by the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Is there a cause — social, political, cultural, or other — you passionately believe in? Tell us how you got involved — or why you don’t get involved.
I’m a day late on this. I have been taking a bit of a break from blogging as I haven’t been feeling too well. But I have thought about this ice bucket challenge for a bit since it started – seeing the positive and negative comments in response to it.
I think it is great that it has raised so much money towards ALS. I first saw the challenge back in January, by some friends in Indiana. It wasn’t for ALS though – it was for their own personal favorite charities. I thought that was a great idea, since it wasn’t dedicated to a certain charity and it was kind of spread out to whatever they felt passionate about.
I am very passionate about a lot of different beliefs. One thing that I am super passionate about though, which my blog is about, is mental health issues. Being affected by mental illness, I strongly support almost any mental health organization that works towards awareness about mental illness. My personal favorite is NAMI (National Association on Mental Illness), as I have been most involved with them; however, all organizations that are so many that work towards awareness.
So, if anyone out there ever gets nominated for an ice bucket challenge — I am not saying to not donate to ALS, but think about donating to a charity of your choice too — challenge people to think about what they are passionate about and to donate to that. Create some awareness about what you are passionate about. Perhaps create a new viral sensation about your passion to raise awareness?
These are some videos by Sam Kirkegaard. He makes random videos on youtube, but he has a few called Sam Supports Mental Illness. They are silly little videos that bring awareness to mental illness. This is Day 5, which talks about 5 myths about mental illness. I can’t share all the videos on here – so you should go to his youtube channel and check them out! His first one talks about his story though, which is about OCD and his intense anxiety, his 2nd one talks about why he is doing it and that he is raising money for Active Minds. There are 31 days worth of them. I haven’t watched them all, but I will check them out and see how they are, I am sure there is some good and interesting stuff on there.
I have talked quite a bit about NAMI on here. But there are a lot of other good organizations that promote mental health advocacy out there.
Here are a few of them:
To Write Love on Her Arms – I really love this organization. A little bit about it, per their website – “To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and invest directly into treatment and recovery.
To Write Love on Her Arms began in Orlando, FL in 2006 when our founder, Jamie Tworkowski, wrote a story about a friend who struggled with self-injury and addiction and the five days preceding her entry into treatment. The story, which was entitled ‘To Write Love on Her Arms’ went viral, and T-shirts were initially printed and sold as a way to pay for that friend’s treatment. Since then, TWLOHA has become a non-profit which serves as a bridge to hope and help for people facing the same issues.”
Rethink Mental Illness – This is an organization based in England. They help provide advice and information to those affected with mental illness. They provide support groups (150 across England!) and have 200 mental health services. They campaign for policy change and run the Time To Change campaign.
Active Minds – Is a great organization that is developed on college campuses. It promotes those on University’s across the nation to get involved in educating others about mental health and encouraging people to seek help if needed. This organization aims to remove the stigma associated with mental illness by educating the minds of college students and the communities they are in by creating open conversations.
Bring Change 2 Mind – This organization is aimed at ending stigma and discrimination by distributing public education materials which are based on the latest scientific insights.
The Jed Foundation – This organization is aimed toward college aged students by promoting mental health and suicide prevention. They work with the public and those involved in higher education to teach them about the knowledge and warning signs of suicide, importance of mental health, how to encourage help-seeking behaviors, and promote awareness and understanding among them.
Of course there are others too. If you know of some, feel free to leave them in the comments section for others to see and I will add them on here too!