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Our Manifesto, Our Why - get to know Be the Light Campaign



MISSION:

To empower and encourage Mental Health Warriors and Allies. We promote mental well-being in our communities through conversations, stories, resources and programs.


MANIFESTO:

Where experiential design meets mental health awareness.


We explore the dynamic between the Mental Health Warrior & Ally. Knowing that a more knowledgeable, empowered & compassionate support system makes our communities stronger.


We aren’t afraid to challenge societal norms & stigmas. We ask questions and ruffle feathers to push Mental Health progress forward.

We are 100% volunteer-based and make every decision with heart. Join our team & be a part of Mental Health progress.


FOUNDER’S NOTE:

"Be the Light Campaign exists because I don’t want others to feel as alone as I once did. I don’t want their support systems to feel as confused, overwhelmed, and helpless as mine once did.


When I was 19 I attempted to take my own life. This was followed by years of therapy and trying out different medicines to see what would work. Everything was hidden behind the veil that everything was ok and it was not discussed, even with my close friends. I tried to pretend that it never happened and thought that it was a one-time low point in my life.


In 2015 I hit rock bottom. The veil was pulled back and I couldn’t hide my pain and struggle anymore. I was hospitalized, missed work (so my coworkers knew), and my friends had to bring me clothes as my family didn’t live near me. I was humiliated and hurting. After a few days I was transferred from inpatient therapy to an outpatient program. One evening, the program hosted a “family group session” and I asked if my friends could come in place of my family who lived 10+ hours away. My friends showed up and were hungry to understand “what was going on inside my head” and wanting direction on how to help. Their curiosity and support made me feel confident opening up. And me opening up gave them clarity and sympathy for those struggling with mental health. Realizing this, I knew I had to do something to foster these open conversations, that feeling of true support, and empowering the general public to become a better support system.

Be the Light Campaign has always been about the conversation, the dynamic, between the Warrior (person struggling) and their Allies (support systems)."


PROGRAMS:

  • Mental Health Awareness & Education

  • Acts of Kindness

  • Mental Health Exhibit Design

  • Be the Light Cards (mental health cards)

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