Ah! Tricked ya! No not that kind of blue.
Today I’m not sad blue, I’m actually in awe of what social media is doing in my life and others. If you had asked me one year ago if Twitter could change my life, make me real friends AND help save lives, I would have ignorantly said no.
I know very differently today.
I have friends in real life who aren’t even on Facebook, much less Twitter (yes Nicole I’m looking at you) and prior to last year Twitter wasn’t even on my radar. But I’m so glad it is today.
The power of social media really showed itself to me last week when a lovely mama Pam from the Twitter support group #PPDChat called for help in a tweet and a post she wrote on Band Back Together. If you read her heart wrenching words, you will see she is suicidal. An army of love and support, mostly from people she does not even know, came to her rescue and she checked in for psychiatric treatment on Friday. Thank you social media.
If you know why I started blogging, you know this awe-inspiring situation really touched my heart. I think about Dina. If only my dear friend Dina had called upon the army of social media that night this past December and found a way to fight another day. But what ifs are pointless.
So I fight for suicide prevention in her honor and hope I can have some small part (like maybe I did last week with Pam) to help save other lives. Mental illness sucks. I know firsthand because I have it. Suicide sucks. I know firsthand because I’ve lived through it, more than once. So I’ve found a way to try and help, and social media is coming to my rescue too.
Last week I committed to dye my hair BLUE if I reach $1,500 donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention by Sept 9th. Blue streaks if I hit $1,000. (As of right now, I’m at $788-53% of my goal.)
After my post last Monday I’m Going Blue for Suicide Prevention, donations started coming in, and you know from whom? Women on Twitter. A few I *met* online and then in real life at BlogHer. But the majority I have never set eyes on in my life other than sharing tweets on the Interwebs. $1 $5 $10 $25 … whatever they could do just because they want to help me fight for suicide prevention. Its beautiful and incredible, and I’m so grateful.
A couple of friends have gone even farther than that, so I just had to share with you.
Lynn @ObservantLynn hosted a Tarot Reading fundraiser this weekend and gave 50% of her funds to my AFSP page. She raised $72 for suicide prevention in just a couple of hours.
Tracie @purposefulpract is my partner and co leader for our Out of the Darkness walk for the AFSP. Together we are organizing a Seattle Benefit on Sept 9th at Helle Spa in Georgetown. She has busted her butt to get the location donated (Thank you Chivahn & Helle!), auction items and our musical guest for the evening. She even donated a little somethin’ to my blue hair fund. How awesome is that?!
I just wanted to say THANK YOU THANK YOU! I’m overwhelmed by the support and encouragement.
HOW CAN YOU DONATE? (No donation is too small or too BIG.)
Option 1. Go to my AFSP fundraising page: http://afsp.donordrive.com/participant/ccomes Your donation is 100% tax deductible.
Option 2. <—– See the handy Paypal Donate button in the sidebar. Or the button here in this post. Donate any amount via Paypal directly to me and I’ll transfer 100% to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Ok, now for the important stuff. I have a question for all of you. What SHADE of blue should I do?!? I’m visualizing the goal. I have my hair appointment booked. So this IS going to happen.
But what color!?! Navy, Turquoise, Royal? Please help me decide. I’d love your comments, and advice.