Mental Health Awareness, Not Just October and a New Cause Calendar

It’s hard to believe that October is already here. I find the rest of the year always goes so fast after Halloween. This past year I decided to forgo many of the usual get-togethers and celebrations I have held in the past to focus on more personal matters.

I have posted less, trying to focus on quality not quantity; what has been happening in my life has had a lasting and permanent impact on my life, so that influenced my writing and point-of-view, prompting me to adjust the look, feel of my site a few months ago and resolve to a new site mantra: today is a gift, that’s why it is called the present.

So the in honor of Mental Health Awareness Week—a cause near and dear to me—I have added a new page, an Awareness Calendar, listing all (or many) of the days, weeks and months dedicated to social advocacy and social responsibly for a variety of causes. This lives in a new section called Resources where Anniversaries, Birthstones and annual Holidays still reside and new ones may surface (stay tuned).

I hope you find these resources useful and informative and if I have failed to include one that is meaningful to you, please tell me, you can find places to reach me here.

Even though Mental Health Awareness Week ends tomorrow, one can still show #IAmStigmaFree and #IWillListen support and pride all year round (and still look pretty awesome). Here are some pretty amazing items that support organizations working to end the stigma associated with mental illness. If this is something that speaks to you, check them out–and I am not only touting some links, I have purchased many of these goods…you can see my own photos in the footer.

Bravelets
Be Brave Jewelry: $10 from each item will be donated to National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

WearYourLabel:
Bring awareness to a variety of causes from ADHD and general anxiety to bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Read more about the founders and their story here.

Philosophy Beauty
Read about the initiative and start shopping now.

I am personally a fan of the Philosophy micro delivery peel (in-home vitamin c peptide peel $40). It’s a real game-changer in terms of skin-care.  Your complexion will thank you and your friends and family will take notice.
And these are photos of me sporting my MHA gear–and, for the record, these weren’t taken in October.

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Semicolon Project necklace

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WearYourLabels bracelets

Related Links
Awareness Calendar
Subway Acts of Kindness
Some Gifts Leave You Speechless
Mother’s Day Resolution

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