Did you know that 90% of those who die from suicide had an underlying mental illness? 1 in 5 Americans are affected by mental illness in a year. May is Mental Health month, and last week we attended Philosophy’s Hope and Grace luncheon reminding all of us to be #stigmafree. This campaign partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a national effort focused on shattering the stereotypes associated with mental illness. NAMI is the largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
In honor of National Mental Health Awareness month, fashion blogger Rachel McCord and actress Torrey Devitto shared their own stories and battles with mental health wellbeing, and helped shed light on the more than 450 million people worldwide who suffer from mild to serious mental health issues. Another brave guest Jamie Stone with fresh wounds shared how she just lost her sister to suicide due to depression, bipolarity, and her sister’s refusal to get help, although her family tried with little success. The tears and heartache were real listening to each girl’s struggle from crippling anxiety to severe depression. Torrey Devitto reminded us that not all pain can be seen.
The reception was held at Estérel restaurant at the Sofitel Hotel where a room full of girls bonded over lunch and conversation. Philosophy has committed to contributing 1% of their sales to the Hope and Grace fund, and will award multiple financial grants each year to local organizations working to empower women through promotion of mental health and wellbeing, and the prevention and treatment of related issues.
Make a pledge to be kind to all, to not judge others, and to be #stigmafree when it comes to mental health.