Thank you!

Words cannot do justice to the amount of appreciation and gratitude we have for everyone who has contributed to BSP. Whether it was in the form of a financial donation, buying a t-shirt, or simply sharing your story with us, YOU are the heart and soul of this project.

In May of this year I will be running across the great state of Minnesota. The purpose of the run is to raise awareness around the topic of mental health and mental illness. We want people to know that they are not alone and to help those who might be hiding in the shadows of depression or other mental illness to step out into the light. An important first step in breaking the stigma that persists around mental health and mental illness is awareness and education. Our journey will take us from small, rural communities to large, suburban areas; we will be making multiple stops along the way to engage with various sectors of the local community including schools and businesses. Our hope is that this run will be the first of many.

We need your help to pull this one off and to make it a success; in the coming weeks and months we will be working hard to promote the run and to finalize logistics including gear, lodging, etc. please consider supporting BSP through one of the following:

Mental illness is very real and requires treatment just as any physical illness does. In addition to supporting the run, your contributions will help those in financial need to access much-needed treatment and therapy. Thank you in advance for your support!

Less than 100 days!

Whoa! we are just over 100 days to run across Minnesota! It was just a few months ago, it seems like when our good friend Mr. John Storkamp said to me that “in a year from today you are going to be crossing the State buddy.”

One of the biggest doubts I had starting this project/dream was not about running this route, I would walk it if I have to, and I am sure I will do just that in some occasions, but if the project is going to have any impact in people’s lives, if it was going to make any difference in our communities, is this worth it? I hope it is. I hope that at the end of this journey, someone has chosen to improve her/his quality of live, just like I did myself. When I get to the end of the journey, I want to be able to look back and smile and at least in a way know that someone made the right choice to give life a chance, just like I did. Break the Stigma is here to stay and my dream is that it will continue to inspire people and make a positive mark in our societies around the globe.

I have decided to be as open and honest with my own Mental Illness and battles to hopefully inspire others that we are not alone and there is nothing, not one damn thing, to be ashamed of for having a condition that in no way determine who we are, and never will, unless we let it.

Even when I was struggling with my running just a month ago, I knew that sooner or later I would pick it up and I will be just fine for this run. I think I’ve done more progress with my running in the last 2 weeks than in the last 12 months. Funny, but I do feel alive. I love to run for the first time in 3 years.

Thank you everyone who has come along the ride from the very beginning, or just started to follow us and help us be who we are now. From Beth, whom with only two weeks of this project’s being launched, offered her professional help with articles and anything that I asked from her. To each one of the Board Members who have seen how difficult it is to work with a person like me at times, THANK YOU!

To everyone who volunteered to help us in our races’ aid stations, promoting the project and most importantly, to promote our message. Everyone who has taken the time to talk to me at the events that we have been in the last year, thank you for taking the time to share your experiences and passion for mental health awareness, and to every person wearing our gear. I am not going to lie; it does feel amazing to see people wearing something that promotes breaking the stigma of mental illness/health in public. All who have donated, including my 9 year old who once gave me ½ of his tooth fairy money for the project.

Last but not least: Break the Stigma has received many inquiries on how to get involved? Well, you can now contact us at contact.us.bsp@gmail.com to learn more about ways to help.

THANK YOU EVERYONE!

Julio

New Merchandise is now available

We want to thank all of you who have supported BSP by making a donation or purchasing merchandise.

We are # days away from the BSP run across Minnesota and our excitement is growing every day! Without your support, the run, nor the project as a whole, would not be possible. Consider supporting us by checking out our newest apparel options. 100% of the profit will directly support the run, which we hope will blaze a trail of mental health and mental illness awareness and compassion across not just Minnesota, but across the globe.

Most sizes are available – some of the pages have a link to the size chart as well.

Please mail orders to:

Please make checks payable to Break the Stigma Project.  Thank you
2001 Wentworth Ave.
So. St. Paul MN 55075

Checks please, if possible.

 

T-shirts Unisex $20 or $25.00 with S&H

https://www.sportswearcollection.com/Item.aspx?site=XQIJYERCRG&ID=1441

T-shirts Women’s Cut $20 or$ 25.00 S&H

http://www.bodekandrhodes.com/cgi-bin/barlive/site.w?location=olc/cobrand-product.w&category=&prb=&srb=&mill=&shade=&color=&product=B8413&frames=no&target=main&sponsor=000001&nocache=57513

Unisex Hoodies $40 or $47 with S&H

http://wholesale.alternativeapparel.com/b2b/Men/Hoodies/Product-Details/09595F2-ECOGH.htm

Hoodies Women’s Cut $30 or $37 with S&H

http://wholesale.alternativeapparel.com/b2b/Women/Long-Sleeves/Product-Details/01928E1-ETAZ.htm

Break the Stigma Headbands $10 – includes S&H.

Ordering is available online, here: http://www.tranquilforcegear.com/?product=break-the-stigma

Available in Black, Hot Pink and Green – in men’s and women’s styles!

Our new friends from New Zealand!

Please welcome our new friends from New Zealand:
High Five-O Challenge for Mental Health.

Check out their FB and website and learn more about them. Besides you may recognize an trail running legend on their photos ( Anna Frost).
To climb 50 Peaks & run 50 off-road marathons in just 50 days. Back to back. No rest days.
To raise at least $250,000 for the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.

These are the goals that Kiwi adventurer & fundraiser, Mal Law, has set himself.
His 7-week long odyssey, which starts in Auckland on January 31st 2015, will visit virtually every corner of wild and beautiful New Zealand.

On every day of his epic journey he will be joined by a fresh group of support runners, each of whom will be also be raising funds for the cause. Together they hope to bring the issue of mental health out of the shadows; to remove some of the stigma that surrounds the subject; to send out positive messages about the role of exercise and goal setting in managing our mental well-being; and to raise a massive amount of money to help the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand carry on its critically important work.

Please get behind Mal and his team. Get involved at:

http://www.high50.org.nz/

Happy New Year!

If you haven’t already, take some time to check out the Break the Stigma Project (BSP). You will discover a wonderful community of people who are passionate about educating and inspiring people around mental health issues.

Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, the stigma around it shames us all. Mental health deserves the level of acceptance and resources that physical health currently has in our society. Just as you would not be afraid to seek treatment or talk openly about a broken leg, people experiencing mental illness should not be shamed into suffering alone, in silence.

Join the movement by having the courage to listen, learn and share. ‘Like’ BSP on Facebook, follow  us on Twitter (@bsprun) and Instagram (bsp_run), and consider donating to this very worthy cause.

Thank you everyone for a great 2014 for Mental Illness and Mental Health awareness- Let’s continue breaking the stigma in 2015!