Why do you SW4MH?

Hey readers,

I know why mental health awareness is important to me, but why is it important to you? Your story makes all the difference, breaking stigmas starts with you. #SW4MH

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#SW4MH Poem for Donor: Lizzy Kalmanek

Heeler

Inside the recovery room, my head pounds

like an angry mob. 3 a.m. and I am still awake,

leaned over my patient with a witch of a fever,

he’s burning at the stake. Until at last, he stirs,

 

and his heart falls into a steady purr.

Thump-tha-thump-tha-thump-tha-thump.

His eyes flutter open, and I smile as his tail

waves gently like a flag, holding strong.

 

The moon grows tired, but the sun rises up

like a puppy bounding to his owner.

 

*Thank you so much for your generous support!

I am now only $395 away from my goal! When I leave work this afternoon, I will be wearing my funky #sw4mh hat around Chicago and onto the train! And, now we’re even closer to seeing me dye my hair NoStigmas green!

To join in on the #SW4MH campaign, please visit http://bit.ly/1i59lx9! Remember, every donor will receive a poem (you can leave a topic idea for the poem in your donation comments).

Thank you again for helping ensure no one faces mental illness or suicide alone! For more information about how your donation impacts NoStigmas, please visit https://nostigmas.org.

 

#SW4MH Poem for Donor: Jimmy & Dar

Digital Age

I.

Technology is the mind’s gas station,

a lulling mug of warm cocoa

topped with instant gratification.

The cocoa’s side effect: addiction.

Translation: frustration. We crave

the web, this neurotic sedation.

II.

The computer flashes tiny pixels

like a neon sign, but the screen

is a window, information trickles

both ways faster than the wind

But just open the windows,

to brighter pixels in a star’s twinkle.

III.

Sun shines through window shutters,

while outside a grass blade quivers

as a dragonfly pauses to rest,

a computer knows no difference

from the aroma of dew and rain

on wheat-filled, corn-filled, bean-filled plains.

*Thank you all for your generous support! I am now only $415 away from my goal! After another $15, I will wear a funky #sw4mh hat around Chicago, and once I reach $500, I will dye my hair NoStigmas green!

To join in on the #SW4MH campaign, please visit http://bit.ly/1i59lx9! Remember, every donor will receive a poem (you can leave a topic idea for the poem in your donation comments).

Thank you again for helping ensure no one faces mental illness or suicide alone! For more information about how your donation impacts NoStigmas, please visit https://nostigmas.org.

 

#SW4MH Update

Hello All!

NoStigmas has already raised over $3,000 and I am just $490 away from my personal goal. With just 3 weeks left, we are eager to raise $10,000, but we can’t do it without you.

As a one time offer, if you can help me raise $150 or more today, I will dye my hair green for mental health awareness tonight!

Please follow this link: http://bit.ly/1i59lx9  to join me in helping NoStigmas ensure that no one faces mental illness or suicide alone. Every donation, no matter how small, makes a difference.

Thank you so much for your support. And don’t forget, as a thank you, I will be writing personalized poems for everyone who donates. 🙂

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Share Wealth 4 Mental Health Campaign

Hello everyone!

For those of you who don’t know me, mental health awareness has been a huge part of my life for many years. I’ve personally dealt with mental illness and the stigmas associated with it, and I’ve also done service projects to bring mental health awareness to my community. I couldn’t have been more excited when I landed an internship with NoStigmas, a non-profit that strives to ensure that no one faces mental illness alone through mental health resources, a peer-2-peer support program, and Stigma Erasers.

NoStigmas is currently competing in the Art Van Million Dollar Charity Challenge for a chance to win $75k towards furthering their organization. This is huge and can do leaps and bounds to further NoStigmas, but they can’t do it alone, which is why I’d like to as you for your help.  Every donation, no matter how small, is crucial to help NoStigmas.

As an added incentive, I will be completing challenges for every mini-goal that I meet in my $500 overall goal for NoStigmas. If I surpass this $500 goal, I will complete another to-be-determined challenge (you can vote on ideas in the comments!).

For more information about NoStigmas and how your donation will further mental health awareness, please visit https://nostigmas.org/.

To donate and learn more about my challenges, please visit https://www.crowdrise.com/nostigmas-avf/fundraiser/amandareimer.

Thank you for your generosity and support! And please remember to share NoStigmas #SW4MH campaign with your friends and family!

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