Sunday, October 1, 2017

October Charity

In a blog post last month, I started a way to give back through my writing. What happens is one week out of the month, all the profits from my book sales go to that particular month’s charity. Since we had two major hurricanes hit the United States, I gave to the Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief funds via the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.

During October 1st through October 7th, it is Mental Health Awareness Week, so all book sales will go to the JED Foundation.

My recommendation to purchase is Fragile Nights. This is a book that deals with the concept of depression and anxiety through multiple characters POV, and the plot goes through the consequences of how they interact with the plot, all while weaving everyone together. It's all wrapped in a fantasy plot, in the hopes that if the themes don't grab you, the action will. But as I mentioned before, all books will go towards the donation, so you can choose any that interest you.

The JED Foundation’s statement is as follows, “JED is a nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. We’re partnering with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention programs and systems. We’re equipping teens and young adults with the skills and knowledge to help themselves and each other. We’re encouraging community awareness, understanding and action for young adult mental health.

Not even six months ago, I received a text from a university I went to. It was finals week, and early in the morning, so of course I found it annoying. It stated that student should avoid a certain section of the school until further notice. Well, I didn't have an exam that day, so it was easy for me to avoid the entire campus.

The next day I found out what that notice was about. A student was on campus early in that morning, went about five stories on an outside stairwell and jumped. I knew that stairwell, because it was a place I used to get my legs moving and be away from people. 

It's impossible to tell what's going on with someone beneath the surface. And because most people can't see it, it doesn't exist; it's not "real" to them. So that's my reason for picking this charity this month. I believe if we see others not doing enough, than it's even more important we do something to help.

Thank you for helping.