The causes I champion may not always seem to be connected, but I consistently search out ways to highlight issues that affect me in meaningful ways, whether through injustices I've seen or experiences I've had. During May, which is designated as Mental Health Awareness Month, I feel personally connected to the issues surrounding the conversation about mental health. Most recently Kit Harington is confronting his issues, and I am wishing him and many others the best on their journey to find peace within.
Even successful people struggle with mental health issues
I've been working on a men's line (more on that next week!), which means I've been pouring over images and stories of some men I find admirable and iconic. I found a lot of inspiration among music icons, both past and present, which led me down a bittersweet rabbit hole. Like so many people, many of the musicians that speak to my soul found themselves entrenched in addiction—and many of them weren't able to climb out of that downward spiral.
Bringing attention to MusiCares
As I worked on my men's line, I felt compelled to bring attention to an organization fighting against mental health issues, including suicide and addiction, in the music community. MusiCares strives to provide a safe space for those in the music industry facing their own inner demons. They work diligently to provide assistance in all areas, including financial, medical, and personal emergencies, and I have so much admiration for their work. I love seeing musicians meld together their passion for music with their passion for advocacy.
Jada Jo Jewelry partners with Step Up
Making connections, both personal and professional, helps both ground me and inspire me to reach higher in all areas of my life. Hopefully, by seeing the good being done by organizations like Step Up and MusiCares, you'll find yourself asking how you can help make a difference, too.