Mental Health Awareness
In our effort to make suicide & self-harm things of the past,
we hope to empower a community of educated and empathetic individuals who are eager to show care and demonstrate compassion toward one another.
Given that mental illness can often go undetected, in addition to offering clothing products as conversation starters, we are wanting to provide you all with helpful resources that promote awareness and hopefully strengthen your confidence to engage in difficult yet healing conversations with those in your community who may be feeling isolated.
Read more about our mission here: https://selfcareisforeveryone.com/pages/our-mission
Why is this cause so important?
According to NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, "one in 5 Americans is affected by mental health conditions. Stigma is toxic to their mental health because it creates an environment of shame, fear and silence that prevents many people from seeking help and treatment." As such, SCS proposes a three pronged approach to combat this stigma: Education, Support, and Impact.
Credit: This powerful animation is by the Children's Hospital in Colorado
A central part of our mission is to educate more individuals on mental health issues and to raise awareness around suicide prevention. We want everybody to start having conversations around these difficult topics in their communities so that we can counter the existing stigma and introduce more compassionate ways of coping with the difficulties of life.
Have you lost someone to suicide? Click HERE for practical information for what to do immediately following a loss.
When an individual feels supported they may no longer feel alone in this world, and consequently, the hold of stigma may drastically lessen. As such, we must continue to promote accessible support for everyone in our communities. If such spaces do not currently exist, locating alternate safe settings is critical for the strengthening of hope. Below are a few creative possibilities to consider:
Individual therapy, is one option for a safe space that helps individuals cope with mental health concerns by looking to strengthen an individual's understanding of themselves. In a confidential setting, counseling also provides the space to explore past traumas, problematic behaviors, and other sensitive details in an individual's life.
Another possibility may include attending a local support group or a Meetup Group. Being surrounded by others who may be facing similar challenges can offer a great deal of comfort and understanding, while provide a respectful setting to begin processing your feelings.
If in person connections do not yet feel safe, finding pockets of comfort and understanding online may be a wonderful alternative to consider. One of the largest online communities to visit is Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/mentalhealth
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a major contributor to suicide prevention. By donating 10% of all sales to this organization we are able to better support these crisis centers and the services they provide to help more individuals not be alone in the times that they most need someone in their lives.
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, NAMI and the rest of the country raised awareness of mental health. Each year they fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.
In 2018, NAMI promoted the theme of "CureStigma" throughout all awareness events, including Mental Health Month.