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Moving for mental health 5k

On May 29, I will be participating in a 5k for To Write Love On Her Arms in support of their mission to provide help and hope to those struggling with mental health issues. Read below for more information on why I am moving with TWLOHA and how you can join me in the fight.

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About five years ago as I first settled into college and then experienced the stereotypical sophomore slump, one of the TV shows that helped me through was Supernatural. What kept me hooked on the show for its many, many seasons wasn’t the monsters and folklore, though I enjoyed those too. It was the support networks and connections the fans made with each other and with the cast that made the whole experience feel like a family. And it was through watching Supernatural and following the actors that I first learned about the organization To Write Love On Her Arms when Jared Padalecki ran a fundraising campaign in support of it.

Their stated mission reads as follows:

“To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.” -

Back then I did not know I would one day decide to pursue my masters in mental health counseling. I did not know I would choose mental health as my mission space in life. I did not know who would come into my life or who in my life would open up to me in the years to follow about their struggles. I did not even know what my journey toward better understanding and fighting for my own mental wellness would look like.

But I read the purpose of TWLOHA. I read about their goals and the good work they dedicate themselves to every day. I may not have known how much they would grow to mean to me, or how they would lead me to new possibilities in my life. But I knew what they were doing was important and needed. I knew it could save lives. And I wanted to be part of that. Even if only in the small ways I could as a college student.

So, when I use the mugs I bought from them or wear the shirts designed by people in support of their mission, I remember why I advocate for mental health awareness and accessibility. I remember why I am pursuing the career I am. I remember why I continue to take care of my own mental health in order to better fight for and provide mental support for others.

It’s why I am participating in their Run for It 5k this May. And why I am asking that anyone who is able consider joining me in spreading a little extra hope by donating here. Or signing up to move with me on May 29. Any amount, no matter the size, can help make a huge difference in the lives of those struggling, many of whom feel alone in their fight. Help me let them know they aren’t alone, and tomorrow can get better.


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