When Nerdy Artists first started, there was something called The Sawyer Collection. It was a series of designs in our Red Bubble store and they were all quotes from a friend of mine. They have since been taken down, but I still have the list on my phone and I got to thinking.
Mental Health Month happens every single May and I want to share the campaign manifesto from the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
There’s a virus spreading across America. It harms the 1 in 5 Americans affected by mental health conditions. It shames them into silence. It prevents them from seeking help. And in some cases, it takes lives. What virus are we talking about? It’s stigma. Stigma against people with mental health conditions. But there’s good news. Stigma is 100% curable. Compassion, empathy and understanding are the antidote. Your voice can spread the cure. Join NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Together we can #CureStigma.
This campaign manifesto reminds me so much of Sawyer. He is very open about mental illness on his social media and because of this, hundreds of people reach out to him for advice and help or even just to talk. He cares about each and every one of them and he strives to make people smile and feel loved. The world could really use more people like him.
With May coming in just a few weeks, I have decided to redo The Sawyer Collection, but way better than before. I have 17 quotes, I probably won't do all of them, but I will be filming all of them for YouTube and uploading them to Red Bubble for you guys to purchase as stickers, tee shirts, phone cases and more.
At the end of the month, proceeds will be divided in half and donated to the National Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health America. I want to paint these with watercolor or draw them in alcohol ink, and the originals will go to Sawyer.
I can remember the first one of these quotes that I ever did. It was "my arms are forever open," and I did kind of this drip watercolor piece. I actually have no idea where the original is, but I have this digital copy of it glued into my bullet journal.
I don't even think I had started the original collection at this point. I just loved how he spoke and I knew that it meant a lot to me.
I hope you look forward to seeing all of these quotes back up on our Red Bubble and maybe even our Etsy store! I'm so excited to start on a new project and I can't wait for you guys to see my work :-)
To learn more about mental heath month, click here for the National Alliance on Mental Illness
You can also click here for Mental Heath America