If I tried to tell about Kate’s rough time right now, I’m sure I wouldn’t do it justice. Our faithful team member Kaleigh nominated Kate, and had this to say:
“One of my best friends has really hit rock bottom as of late. Kate’s a senior at West Chester University and she’s juggling working, a heavy courseload, and depression and panic attacks/anxiety. She’s always had low self-esteem after she dated a boy in high school who really treated her badly and had major anger management issues. She only has a few people in her life she can talk to about her depression and suicidal thoughts–me, our other friend, and her older sister. The problem is she sees all three of us as so much better, almost perfect compared to her.
Lately she’s really just wanting to end her life and she tells my friend that constantly. She was going to have inpatient treatment but was too afraid of what people would think of her, so she’s on outpatient treatment and can’t get the prescriptions she needs to handle her panic attacks. Her own mom’s been completely unsupportive and can’t do anything but yell at her.
What really breaks my heart is how far away from her I am–almost 300 miles–and how little I can do. She really needs a reminder that it’s worth getting better, that her life is worth it, that there is a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. Right now, she can’t see it at all.”
Not many people understand depression and suicide. Heck, I sometimes don’t understand it and I’ve lived through it. Some days are harder than others. What I will say is that I still suffer some days. There are days when I am so down, so upset, but I get an e-mail from one of you guys and it brightens my day more than I can ever express. For that, I thank you. From the bottom of my heart. Thank you.
Kate is struggling through her days. I just want to reach out and hug her and tell her everything will be okay – that the pain now is worth it in the end – to not give up. But I can’t do it alone.
This is one of the biggest Love Bomb’s that we’ve done so far. And I’m counting on our team to make it happen.
What’s the plan?
To send as much love to Kate in as many ways as possible. Blogs. Videos. Letters. Greeting Cards. Messages. Spreading the word.
I know there are tons of us out there. Bloggers, non-bloggers, Corporate Managers, freelance writers, unemployed hopefuls, retired achievers. We all have one thing in common: The power to save a life.
Here are some ways that you can help send some much-needed love to Kate:
What you can do:
For our regular, weekly members who like it simple:
1) Leave a message on this form and they will be compiled and mailed to Kate.
I’ll be writing each message on a card and sending it out to Kate directly. I’m locking myself in my house this weekend and spending it all writing your messages.
(If anyone is local to me in Philadelphia and wants to come over for a write-a-message party, I’ll supply the wine!)
2) For our bloggers out there: Write a blog post dedicated to Kate.
Write a post for Kate. Write a letter to her. Share your experience with going through a tough time. Let her know she’s not alone. Get creative. There are no rules. Just that you write to Kate.
Important: Make sure you add something like: “This post is part of a Love Bomb Mission to send love to Kate, who is suffering from depression. Remind Kate that she is loved and join the mission: http://dropalovebomb.com/love-for-kate-mission)
Super Important! After you publish your post, click here to add your blog post to the master list of posts written to Kate!
3) YouTubers? Video Bloggers? Do a Video Blog with a message to Kate!
Upload it to Youtube, and tag it as #LoveForKate. You can also add that Video to the master list here.
4) Handwrite a letter/card to Kate:
and send it to me at my home address, and I’ll re-forward it to Kate. (shoot me an e-mail @ kmcolihan AT gmail DOT com if you need/want my address for this).
5) Tweet about this with the hashtag #loveforkate
(Sample Tweet: “I’m standing up against depression and sending #loveforkate today. You can too! http://bit.ly/mPtQyk”)
6) Tell your friends on Facebook. Link to this blog post or your blog post, or the form. Whatever!
SPREAD THE WORD. WE CAN SAVE A LIFE.
KATE IS ONE OF US. Kate is a daughter, a friend, a blogger, the girl you see in Starbucks each morning grabbing her latte. And yet, you have no idea what’s going on in her life. This is a chance to let her know that there are people out HERE who care. Who know how she’s feeling. Who believe in her. And are here to help.
We’ve come together for things like this before, guys. Let’s do it again!
PS: I’ll be fronting the money for all stationary and postage for this Love Bomb. If you want to donate to the cause, I’d appreciate it, but totally not necessary!
Here are some pretty badges that you can put on your blog to spread the word. Link ‘em back to this post, okay? Okay! (note: I’m no graphic artist. Haha.)
And last, but certainly not least, here’s a master list of all of the blogs who have contributed to the Love For Katie Mission. You can also click the “enter here” button to add your post/video blog. Woo!