It’s no secret my book is about mental health. It is something I have struggled with. It something the people around me have struggled with.
I want to talk about charity. From the day my book launched, I have been partnered with the Canadian Mental Health Association. I pledged a portion of sales from the first quarter my book was avaiable. Ultimately, it wasn’t as much as I had hoped, but it also wasn’t nothing as we managed to generate $420. Now I have made the decision to make my book free but you, the reader, can still donate. If you do grab a free copy of my book, then go check out some local charities on your end that help with mental health. I have set up links on my website to the GoFundMe I am running for the Canadian Mental Health Association or donate directly to a charity yourself.
The Canadian Mental Health Association is a community resource anyone in Canada can access. Here is their mission statement:
“As the nationwide leader and champion for mental health, CMHA facilitates access to the resources people require to maintain and improve mental health and community integration, build resilience, and support recovery from mental illness.”
Another charity that I found recently is The Robb Nash Project. Their mission:
“Our goal is to bring hope to those who feel like they’re worthless, alone or unloved; to those who are struggling with addiction, depression and suicidal ideation. Through the intrigue of a rock concert, we show that it’s okay to talk about our struggles and our pain and to reach out for help. Our goal is to start those conversations and to bring awareness to the struggles that so many are facing. We work closely with local resources, both at the school level and health-care professional level to ensure that follow up help is available. We have partnered closely with national services that provide additional resources such as Kids Help Phone.”
What Robb is doing is amazing. He is bringing mental health awareness to the youth of today in a way that is very digestable. Some of these topics are not easy to stomach. Bringing art into the equation makes the conversation a little easier to start. If we can get our teenagers talking about mental health, imagine the progress we will see 10 years down the road. What about 20 years from now? Robb…thank you for what you do!!!
I am a Canadian in Winnipeg, MB so these are my charities. They are both amazing, but if you look in your community I am sure you can find something similar!
At the end of the day, I wrote my book to help me deal with some tough spots in my life. Giving it away is my way of letting my lessons help people that might need that help. If you are struggling with something that you don’t understand, now is the time to start your journey. Talk to a friend. Talk to someone in your family. Talk to a volunteer. Talk to a professional. If you are not struggling, partner with a local charity to help the people that are asking for help right now! Sponsor someone. Help someone you know. There is always something you can do!
Keep those minds sharp and happy readings!