Mental health is a cause that is very close to our hearts. We were all shaken by the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. For me personally, the news hit too close to home. Not only has Kate been a true inspiration to me in my business, but also, just weeks before, I lost a family member to suicide. It pains me to know that he was suffering, that he was that sad to take his own life. I can’t help but feel for everyone that is in this much pain and I want to do whatever we can to help, even if it is talking about it on our little blog.
Even though the news has died down, we want to keep the conversation going. With my team and my customers, I have an open-door policy. I urge you—beg you—to reach out if there is ever something heavy going on, that you can’t handle on your own. Thru the end of the month, proceeds from your purchases will continue to benefit the Crisis Text Line. Our goal is to raise $1000 towards 30 hours of training for suicide-prevention counselors. Keep reading for some reasons why mental health is so important to some of our tribe members.
Marissa (Moon), LG:
On a very personal level, I grew up with an uncle that endured two severe brain traumas as a result of two separate car accidents. Miraculously, he survived both but remained mentally and physically disabled. A few years ago, he attempted to take his own life and, thankfully, failed. No one knows exactly why his attempt was not successful, however his doctors believe that he tripped that day—one of his legs is a full inch and a half shorter than the other leg, due to the first car accident. My Uncle Brian is a beautiful, kind soul. He’s always cheerful and who would give you the shirt off of his own back if you were in need of it. The world would be a darker place without him, and I am grateful he is still here, every single day.
- 1 in 4 people in the world will be affected by mental health issues.
- Around 450 million people in the United States currently suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability.
- Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States.
I also have family members that struggle with their mental health. Even as a young girl, I feared some of them might take their own life. I’ve always been very empathetic and could feel—sometimes even absorb—their pain. It’s difficult to watch people you love suffer from depression and not being able to help or do anything about it. However, it’s guided my path and is one of the reasons I decided to become a yoga teacher. I believe mental health is just as important as physical health, like diet and exercise. I’m grateful to work for PRIM, where Missy genuinely cares about helping others and making a difference, however she can.
Shop our annual Backyard (Sidewalk in LG!) SALE this Saturday—proceeds will benefit Crisis Text Line—and stay tuned for more wellness events at PRIM.