Let the conversation begin.
Blog post by Hope Xchange's #130ReasonsWhyNot social media team, Renee Stewart, Lucia Martínez Rojas, Diana Good and Kerry Martin.
In response to the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why," a fictional drama about a 17-year-old who leaves behind audio recordings explaining why she committed suicide, we launched a daily social media campaign, #130ReasonsWhyNot, to share 130 reasons why not to take your own life.
The driving force was our concern for the teens across the country struggling after watching it and the real potential for copy-cat suicides (which unfortunately did occur). The show also touched close to home, triggering some we mentor in a very negative way and detrimentally impacting our Hope Xchange family.
We are now almost midway through our campaign, with 70 reasons to go. And, while we have hundreds of more reasons we could share, we wanted to ask YOU for your reason!
By entering our contest you can win a fun prize if your reason is chosen to be one of our last five. As an added benefit, you can lift someone up who may be struggling and perhaps even save a life.
How to Enter Our Contest and Win!
1. Check out our previous reasons for the #130ReasonsWhyNot Campaign below as repeated reasons will NOT be selected. Also be sure to follow and like us on Instagram, Twitter and/or Facebook to make sure you're up to date on our latest reasons!
2. Click on our 130 Reasons Why Not Contest link to upload your reason why not and upload an optional background image. In the comments section, feel free to also send us an explanation of why YOU think your reason should be selected. (Not mandatory but encouraged!)
While you're uploading your reason, also feel free to note the # of the reason above that corresponds with your favorite. We will be announcing the top vote getter in our social media channels in a few weeks!
3. Spread the love and share our post to your friends and loved ones. Encourage them to support our campaign and maybe enter our contest too! When sharing, please use the hashtags: #YourReasonWhyNot #130ReasonsWhyNotContest #HopeXchange
4. Submit your reason why not before our deadline, August 15, 2017!
Winners will get an email shout out on August 17 and will be announced through our social media channels, with winning reasons #126, 127, 128, 129 and 130 posted during the final week of our campaign, beginning on September 4th.
Also if you see a #130ReasonsWhyNot that you love, share or RT on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest or LinkedIn. Tag us @hopeforbipolars or @HopeXchange so we can thank you for helping us help others.
In Addition to Making a Difference, What Do I Get If I Win?
Reason 126: Fifth Element
Winner gets to choose a Terrarium from www.eclecticzen.com (designed by our very own Kristin Molinaro, Volunteer Program Coordinator for our free Hope for Mentally Ill mental health advocacy program).
Reasons 127 to 129: Fantastic Fourth, Third Charmer and Runner Up!
Reasons 127 and 128: Winners get a Hope Xchange child, women's or men's t-shirt of their choice from our Shop.
Reason 129: Runner up!
Winner chooses from any Hope Xchange merchandise from our Shop - tanks, t-shirts, long-sleeved shirts, hoodies, and sweatshirts available for children, woman and men.
Reason 130: Our Grand Finale!
Winner gets a signed copy of best-selling author, Natasha Tracy's book, "Lost Marbles: Insights into my Life with Depression and Bipolar," with a personal note from Natasha made out to you.
We gift this book to all we mentor as it's a must read, as our good friend, Julie A. Fast, wholeheartedly agrees:
Note to Those Considering Viewing Netflix "13 Reasons Why"
We echo the sentiments of the JED Foundation and encourage young people to consider whether watching the series is the right choice for them, particularly if depressed. We also highly encourage parents and educators to familiarize themselves with the JED Foundation's Talking Points, developed in collaboration with Suicide Awareness Voices of America (SAVE) to help clinicians and mental health professionals discuss the show with parents, young people and the media. The English PDF version of the Talking Points can be downloaded here and the Spanish version here.