If you know me, you know I’m passionate about mental health. And now, when you buy from TOMS.com, you can select the cause you want TOMS to donate to, including mental health. Join me as I #StandForTomorrow. Use promo code: STANDFOR10 for $10 off your next purchase.
Mental health is often shrouded in secrecy, taught to be hidden away. From a young age, we were made to feel embarrassed about our struggles. Today, I take a stand to declare that it’s perfectly alright to have mental health problems. I vividly remember being told to keep my moments of depression to myself, but that only led to my own demise. Holding in your problems and suppressing your feelings places an immense burden not only on your shoulders but also on your mind and soul. Without the ability to express what was happening internally, I began to deteriorate from the inside out. However, after a long and arduous journey, I finally found the courage to speak up for myself and proclaim, “I’m Depressed, and IT’S OKAY.” Opening up about my own experiences with depression, reaching out, and declaring, “YOU ARE NOT ALONE,” made all the difference.
Did fear consume me? Absolutely. Did I lose followers for expressing my thoughts? Most definitely. But you know what? I also received an outpouring of messages expressing gratitude, with people saying, “Thank you so much, I thought I was alone,” and “Finally, I can talk to someone without fear because you understand.” Losing a few followers became inconsequential when I realized that I was building connections with individuals who, like me, struggled with their mental health. It created a safe haven where I could openly discuss our lows with friends and find ways to support each other in pursuit of happiness. I am incredibly proud to collaborate with www.TOMS.com, championing this cause and many others. As individual human beings, we must stand together to foster mentally safer spaces for one another. TOMS, renowned for their “buy a shoe, we donate a shoe to someone in need” initiative, now offers the opportunity to “buy a shoe and choose a cause for us to donate to.” With every purchase, we take a stand for a better tomorrow.
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