This week I came across a pretty awesome website. It’s called Sevenly.com. Sevenly highlights a new charity each week and for 7 days, they donate a portion of the proceeds to the highlighted charity.
With [seemingly] a new teen suicide story every week, it’s heartbreaking that these children are hurting so desperately that they feel suicide is the only answer. To Write Love on Her Arms is “dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide”.
With one kid just entering teenage-hood and another on the cusp, I think a lot about the teenage years. I know I’ve had it easy up until now. I know that their hormones are going to start raging and they may turn into little people that I don’t recognize. My girl, once filled with self love and confidence, may let the words of others tear her apart. My shy, sweet boy may give in to peer pressure and feel like he needs to do some out of character things to fit in. Doubts fill my mind. Have we done enough? Do they have what it takes to make it through the teen years with minimal scarring? Will they be bullied? Will they stand up for themselves…for others? Will they come to me or their father when they are hurting or will they keep it bottled inside, convinced they are alone in their fight?
Depression is the most common mental illness in America and when left untreated, it’s the leading cause of suicide. TWLOHA is not only bringing awareness to a very real problem, but also providing help and encouragement to those who are suffering. My favorite line in their vision statement is…
“You are not alone and this is not the end of your story”
Check out TWLOHA and/or Sevenly.com to donate to a cause while also buying cool stuff. From now until Monday, when you make a purchase at Sevenly.com, they will donate $7 to TWLOHA. Here are some of my favorite items from both.
P.S. my little blog is not even remotely big enough for anyone to pay me to say any of this. Mental illness is something that is close to my heart, so when I found these websites through FB, I wanted to spread the word.