As some of you may know, I created Beyond Blue Foundation last year, a registered 501c3 public charity (all contributions are tax deductible), that provides support to persons with chronic mood disorders. In the 10 years I’ve spent writing and researching mental health issues, I have received thousands of emails and letters from readers who have already tried medication and alternative therapies, but still feel hopeless. They wake up each day wanting to die.
For six years I lived that way. Only in the last four months have I woken up without those thoughts, and my passion for creating a dynamic, supportive community has been an important component in my healing. So I am asking for your financial help, so that I can help as many people as I can.
I’ve created a support group on Facebook that now has over 3000 people, and I launched an online community, ProjectBeyondBlue.com, last December that already has over 1600 members and over 40 small groups on every kind of topic you can imagine: nutrition & mood, faith & depression, creativity, anxiety, boundaries & codependency, addiction, etc.
I did all this on the cheap, because Eric and I invested our own money. In order to make the site more user-friendly, I am trying to raise $1500.
I have received financial support from the community I’m creating, but I need more.
Which is why I am writing to you.
I figure that if 200 people give $5, then I would 2/3 of the way there! If you know of anyone affected by chronic depression or suicide, please forward the information to them.
Maybe these statistics will tell you why I feel so passionate about this:
*One person dies from suicide every 40 seconds.
*Every year, over 800,000 people die from suicide, exceeding the number of deaths due to homicide and war combined.
*For each adult who died of suicide in 2012, there were over 20 others who made suicide attempts.
Thanks for reading this and considering it!
Donations can be made by paypal and credit cards directly on the site: www.projectbeyondblue.com.