Since 1949, the United States has observed Mental Health Awareness Month as a way to encourage education, awareness, and outreach resources across multiple outlets and organizations.The oft-associated green ribbon serves as a reminder and a symbol of support for those suffering from mental illness, as well as a way for organizations to share a message of compassion and understanding for such conditions. Those organizations also serve as advocates to offer resources and to mitigate the stigma often tied to mental illness. From suicide prevention to many other causes, groups of people across the United States are working to further their causes.
“Our daughter, Patty, in the center of the picture, was nine when she was bullied nearly to death, leaving us a suicide note. Thankfully, we found it, pulled her from the school, got her into counseling, and started our #PattyStrong campaign.”
Teresa, Patty’s mom, has since used the anti-bullying wristbands to get the message out about bullying in our schools and the damage it can cause. Some 13 million kids are bullied in US schools each year. This is one mother’s efforts to shed light on an ongoing threat to kids and how it affects them and their families. Using various hashtags, Teresa has been able to make quite a push in spreading the word to stop bullying. Through supportive messages of solidarity and positive reminders, her campaign has made a difference.
“We probably ordered from you eight times,” said Teresa, who also says she has been able to distribute bracelets to hundreds of kids in her area’s schools.
To learn more about Patty’s story and others, head over to thebullyproject.com to see how you can help the cause. If you’d like to use awareness wristbands for your own campaign against bullying, check out our options for custom bracelets and ideas to get started.