Mental Health Awareness Week: Campaigns and Projects

October 12, 2018 0 By admin

There are many people and organizations bringing awareness to mental health these days. Campaigns and companies are run by celebrities and normal people just like you and me. For today’s post, I am going to share with you some of my favorites!

Always Keep Fighting Campaign

The cast of Supernatural has done a lot for mental helath with their campaign (Jensen, Jared, & Misha)
The cast of Supernatural (Jared, Jensen, and Misha)

Jared Padalecki, an actor on the long-running TV show Supernatural, has his own mental health battles. He created the Always Keep Fighting campaign after having friends commit suicide. They sell shirts surrounding the show which come out every so often. All three actors on the show came together to creat the most recent design. Many organizations benefit from the sales including To Write Love on Her Arms.

To Write Love on Her Arms

TWLOHA came about after a man shared a story about a woman’s struggle with depression. He put the story on MySpace, and started selling shirts to help pay for her treatment. “To Write Love on Her arms is a nonprofit 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.”

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project started from the short film “Trevor” about an LGBTQ character. It ensured LGBTQ youth had somewhere to go in its creation in 1998 and has been going strong ever since. Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van-Ness recently featured the CEO on his podcast “Getting Curious” so make sure to give it a listen.

Trans Lifeline

This trans run organization offers emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis. And by trans run, I mean all crisis hotline operators are transgender individuals (the only service in the country). The Trans Assistance Project has started working with them to give grants to individuals for name changes and update government documents. The company will also advocate for undocumented and incarcerated trans individuals.

This Is My Brave

Jennifer Marshall shared her story on the internet and had no idea it would lead to such a movement. This Is My Brave is a project that allows people to tell their stories of living with mental illness on a stage to hundreds of individuals. The campaign recently made it to Australia where they had their first event in Europe.

Here is a link to the previous posts in the series!