Thursday, May 15, 2008
10 reasons to show me the money
This is your last chance to support yours truly - along with about 2,000 others - in a grassroots attempt to raise awareness about the need for mental illness treatment and recovery programs.
You can do so by visiting this page:
Our walk is in less than 72 hours, and this is my last minute push - and here are the reasons why you should give me even $1 (I'll take anything!) for this cause. (Disclaimer: for family and friends who read this blog who have already given, thank you! This is not a plea for more cash.)
You should totally sponsor me for the NAMI walk because, in addition to the fantastic karma you will be creating for yourself:
1. 100% of the money goes for programs. That's right! 100%!
2. I deserve some sympathy dollars for dealing with John Holmes. In fact, the dollars you donate to sponsor me won't support his branch of the organization! So let's kick some pornographic ass!
3. This event deserves some sympathy dollars because its former director bailed without even confirming our insurance or permits, let alone raising a lot of sponsor dollars.
4. It will be 85 degrees Sunday, and I have 2,000 people willing to spend their time walking on cement.
5. Here's a stat for you: 1 in 5 adults will receive treatment for a mental illness this year - be it anxiety or panic disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, ADD, ADHD, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, etc. Think of all of the people you know - think of 20 percent of them needing help.
6. Here's a scarier stat: 1 in 10 children - yes, children - has a mental illness that is serious enough to need treatment.
7. Education = awareness. We have education programs! Boy, do we have programs!
8. NAMI is a cool organization because it's not all about the money (ironic, I know, for the purposes of this blog.) $35 gets you a state and a national membership; if you're hard up, $3 will get you one.
9. We are a doorstop for people who are in crisis and have been shuffled around the system - and we refer them to HELP.
10. Because you're a good person, that's why!