End the Stigma
Organized by: Emily Amber
On September 22, 2015 I lost my best friend, Erin, to liver failure. She was a generous, kind, open and fun-loving person. She defined what it means to be a true friend. I could tell her anything and she was never judgmental. Along with her gentle nature, she was extremely sensitive. This made her prone to anxiety and depression, and she had a difficult time coping. Although she was receiving medical care and was prescribed a large variety of medications, her doctors failed to see what her real needs were, and she fell through the cracks. Her death is a tragic loss. There are millions of people like Erin, who suffer from anxiety, depression and unresolved emotional trauma, never receiving the therapy they need to recover. Instead many are either over-medicated, or self-medicate with drugs or alcohol, while their real needs are never met. As many as 80% of people never even seek mental health treatment because of the stigma associated with mental illness. And others don't seek treatment because of the cost. My goal is to provide scholarships to individuals who suffer from depression, anxiety or trauma, and who have limited resources to pay for therapy. My hope is that even one scholarship could represent a life restored to health. Our fundraising goal of $3,000 will provide a series of therapy sessions to 3 people in need. If we collect more, then more people will be served. We appreciate any contribution you can make to this cause.