I've got an important share today. It might just save someone's life, so please read on.
Have you heard of the Crisis Text Line?
This is a fairly new (started in 2013) and rapidly growing non-profit organization that blends innovation and empathy to make a profound impact on people in crisis.
When I first heard about Crisis Text Line from my dear friend and faithful volunteer Alex Frost, I was deep in the creation process of the 2018 calendar.
I'd been pondering how I could make a bigger difference this year. There had to be more I could do. More of an impact the calendar itself could make. The need for love is so great.
I mean, I LOVE hearing how much it helps uplift and inspire people on the daily, but what about when things are feeling super rough and the daily messages aren't cutting it?
We're living in such a big time with lots of compounded stress that leads to anxiety and depression and... you get the picture, I'm sure.
Through some wonderful conversations and the golden hearts of a few of my favorite humans, we decided to add the Crisis Text Line information to the back of the calendar this year AND donate 400 2018 calendars to the Crisis Text Line volunteer event held in Atlanta, GA.
Watch this video to see the volunteers receive the calendars (so moving)!
The amazing Alex, who orchestrated this wonderful collaboration and created the video shared this:
"Watching 400 crisis counselors open theirs up and discover the love and heart Sarah pours into these had me well up with tears.
They stand for love every single day. 2am, 3am, lunch, after school, after work, you name a time in the day, and I'll name a few dozen volunteers who are putting their life on hold, waiting on the line to help a complete stranger. Why? ...because they stand for love too."
"Thank you for seeing how important our work is. Thank you for supporting us. Thank you for adding Crisis Text Line's info on the back of the 2018 calendar - everyone needs a lifeline."
YES! This totally had me in tears.
How it works:
1. You text 741741 when in crisis, available 24/7 in the United States.
2. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds quickly.
3. The Crisis Counselor helps you move from a hot moment to a cool calm to stay safe and healthy using effective active listening and suggested referrals - all through text message, using Crisis Text Line's secure platform.
Watch this inspiring Ted talk now to learn more.
You can become a volunteer, too!
Check it out HERE.
All you gotta do to feel better in this crazy world is give, show up, lend a hand. Help someone going through a hard time. It feels amazing to help.
We are all in this together, my love. We're going to get through this when we lean on each other and trust that there truly is support out there.
Because it's not all butterflies and rainbows, but IT IS rich with opportunity, awakening and love!
Thank you to the volunteers at Crisis Text Line. Thank you to all who are there to help their fellow beings in need.
Thank YOU for being alive!