A year ago, my old site, You, Me & Emetophobia, did it’s very first Mental Health Awareness Fundraiser. I sold arm knit scarves in a variety of colors, and the entire purchase went directly to two charities that I had selected. Last year we raised $220 for charity, and I was blown away by the response the scarves received.
That was really the only major MHAM event that You, Me & Emetophobia did, and in hindsight I wish I had done so much more. So, this year, #Fearless is taking it to an entirely new level, and making MHAM a big, month long event for the #Fearless community!
Beginning May 1, #Fearless will be transitioning into a mental health megaphone, and we’re pretty excited about it. Here is a list of all the wonderful things we have planned for the month of May that we can’t wait for you to get involved in:
T-Shirt Fundraiser. This May, instead of trying to convince people that a arm knit scarf is a perfect for them, despite it being 90 degrees outside, #Fearless is going a little more practical: selling t-shirts. The fundraiser will be done through Teespring.com, and 75% of the profits will be directly donated to The Trevor Project, an organization that focuses on crisis intervention and suicide prevention in LGBTQ+ youth. The other 25% will be used to help cover the costs of running and maintaining #Fearless.
The quote I chose to be on the shirt is But Still I Rise, and if you read my Finding #Fearless post, you understand why this quote is important. There is so much struggle that comes with battling mental health issues, but despite all that could break you down and keep you there, you all still rise each day. This shirt and quote should serve as a reminder that no matter what happens, or how many times you think this is the breaking point, that you will still rise; stronger than you were before.
The t-shirt sale starts on May 1, and continues until May 31 at midnight MST, so check back next week for the link to purchase these wonderful shirts!
The overall design was created by Allie Dearie, and you can see more of her work on her website, www.alliedeariephotography.com. You can also follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @alliedearie.
21 Day Anxiety Challenge by PopSugar. Because I spend my days on Pinterest, I discovered a very cool anxiety challenge that was created by PopSugar. It’s 21 days of activities that are supposed to help you reduce anxiety and better your mental health. It only seemed fitting that we partake in this challenge during the month of May!
Each day we’ll do the designated activity and post it on our Instagram account. Then each Monday after a week of work we will do a recap article here on #Fearless. This article will brief you on all 7 days of activities we completed, as well as preview the next week of activities!
Want to do the anxiety challenge along with us? Just follow #Fearless on Instagram, and then show us how you’re doing the 21 Day Anxiety Challenge by using the hashtag #FearlessAnxietyChallenge. At the end of each week, we’ll find our favorite photos and feature them on the site and social media platforms! Not on Instagram but still want to share your photos? You can also use the hashtag on Facebook and Twitter, or just email us your photos directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Just make sure your subject line reads: #Fearless Anxiety Challenge Photo Submission – Day (whatever the day number is).
- Finding #Fearless Throwback Thursdays. Every Thursday throughout May, our #TBT will be the parts of Finding #Fearless series that involve mental health! There are four mental health stories, and four Thursdays in May, so we figured it was a perfect fit! Reread one of the most popular series on #Fearless, and get to know more about what makes me who I am today.
- Mental Health Facts on Instagram. Every Saturday throughout the month of May, we will post 3 facts about mental health. It’s usually our down day on social media, but in honor of being one of the most important months of the year, we’ll make an exception. Facts will be posted at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. MST, so make sure you’re following us on Instagram for all the MHAM facts!
- What To Expect When You Start Therapy Stories. Last, but certainly not least, all throughout MHAM, #Fearless will be sharing stories that aim to inform and educate people on therapy options. We will be covering topics like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, ERP and more! These stories will help you know what to expect before you start therapy or if you just started, and allow people to make educated decisions on what treatment methods are best for you.
#Fearless is extremely excited to be using this month to bring awareness to mental health, and aid in ending the stigma that people have regarding anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses.
How are you getting involved for Mental Health Awareness Month? Sound off in the comments!
If you would like to email #Fearless, you can send any questions, concerns, comments or suggestions to email@example.com. We do our best to respond within 48 hours, but if for some reason we cannot get back to you in that time frame, we promise we will always respond as soon as possible. You can also find us on any of the following social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram!
Lastly, we run an Emetophobia Support Group on Facebook. Emetophobia is the intense and irrational fear of throwing up, and it is one struggle we are passionately engaged in. It is a closed, by request only group to help facilitate sharing and support by all members. It is also private, meaning that the posts you and others make will not show up publicly in your newsfeed.