Sun Jan 19 - Half Marathon (run Hope Xchange will be participating in!)
The registration fee is $150 per person with no discounts for annual pass holders. Run Disney Tinkerbell also requires a $600 fundraising commitment by Jan 6.
To JOIN the event on Hope Xchange's Facebook, CLICK HERE.
Also if you are unable to actually run, consider assisting our Hope Xchange representative, Jen Silverwood, in getting her fairy wings and supporting us in attaining our personal $600 fundraising goal. For information about Hope Xchange's collaboration with Team AFSP at the Tinkerbell/Disney event, how to register, and how to donate, watch our event page on Facebook for updates. You can also contact Jen via EMAIL with any questions.
Please also note that the Sunday Half Marathon conflicts with another event Hope Xchange is participating in, the Tri-City Carlsbad Marathon (see below for details) on Jan 19 to benefit International Bipolar Foundation. Kerry Martin will be heading up Team Hope Xchange at the "Stigma Busters" event in Carlsbad, and Jen will lead Hope Xchange's collaboration with Team AFSP at the Tinkerbell Half Marathon in Wonderland.
We recommend the Disney event for families or Disney lovers and the Carlsbad event for those of you with more training who are looking for a more serious event specific to the bipolar cause.
Note there are limited spots left for participating at both events, so do act quickly.
Love light and hope,
Kerry Martin & Jen Silverwood
Jan 19, 2014 - "Stigma Busters" Carlsbad Marathon to Benefit International Bipolar Foundation
When it comes to mental health conditions, silence is not golden. We invite you to be part of the "Stigma Busters" Hope Xchange team and walk hand-in-hand with us to help erase the stigma of mental illness while supporting our friends at the International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF).
IBPF is sole benefactor associated with the Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon, taking place on January 19th, 2014. Over 10,000 runners and walkers from all over the United States and the world are expected to participate in this year's race.
Whether you will be in San Diego or not, you can still be part of our "Stigma Busters" team! You can walk and fundraise anywhere in the world! Check out the options below.
IN SAN DIEGO W/ HOPE XCHANGE STIGMA BUSTERS TEAM Walk or Run in the HALF marathon or FULL marathon. Click here for more info. (Note we are in the process of setting up our own Stigma Buster's team webpage and will post that link very soon so if you want to walk / run with Hope Xchange, hold up on registering for a wee bit; we'll have our link posted every soon!)
IN SAN DIEGO BUT NOT A WALKER / RUNNER TYPE If you're not a walker and/or runner, consider volunteering at the IBPF Mile to support those who choose to walk or run. Click here for more info on how to get involved in volunteering.
LIVE OUTSIDE SAN DIEGO BUT STILL WANT TO HELP Walk or Run in your community in support of IBPF as part of "Global Stigma Busters." Click here for more info.
Don't forgot to also let our team know you're joining us. Click here to visit our Facebook Event page and click on JOIN to participate in our event. Thank you for your support and all that you do.
Nov 23, 2013 - American Foundation of Suicide Prevention's International Survivors of Suicide Day
According to the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP), every 40 seconds someone in the world dies by suicide. Every 41 seconds someone is left behind to make sense of it.
We've said it before -- 20% of the bipolar community is lost to suicide and this is 100% too many -- and we will keep saying it until the statistics change in our tribe's favor. With that said, we have to be involved in AFSP's Survivors of Suicide event.
We want to be sure that we're not duplicating the efforts of other organizations as we continuously strive to support organizations that are encouraging open dialogues, remembering those we have lost and shining light on hope.
We are also sensitive to the emotional roller-coaster that this event will likely become -- exhaustion, elation, grief, connection, understanding. Therefore, we have decided to encourage each of you to locate (or host) an event near you (directions below). We've also included below a form for uploading and sharing thoughts, documents, photos, etc from your participation in this event. Perhaps after a few days or even weeks, we will be ready to share our experiences. Together, we will find hope and offer one another comfort and solace.
From AFSP's event page, a description of their sponsored day follows below, with a special video preview from AFSP on Vimeo to the right (trigger alert).
"Every year, survivors of suicide loss gather together in locations around the world to feel a sense of community, to promote healing, and to connect with others who have had similar experiences.
Each location welcomes survivors of suicide loss, providing a safe and healing space where everyone can comfortably participate in a way that is meaningful to them.
Join with others to listen to a diverse group of survivors discuss their losses, how they coped, and much more. Come in person to experience the powerful sense of connection and community that is forged between survivors of suicide loss. You are not alone. This day is for you."
If you've lost a loved one to suicide, please consider attending an event near you to come together with others who have also lost a loved one to suicide. Hundreds of cities spanning 6 continents will be hosting events so I'm sure you'll find one relatively close to you.
The map will display events in your area. Look for the International Survivors of Suicide Day icon -- white handshake against purple background.
Click on the icon, then on "Get Involved" to go to the event page. (Or, in the list beneath the map, click on the orange title of the event you would like to attend).
Once on the event page you want to attend, click on the orange Register button.
Fill out the simple SurveyMonkey form. You will be asked how you heard about the event. If it was from us, let the organizers know by selecting "Other" and entering "Hope Xchange." Don't forget to click on submit! (Hint: you will likely receive a confirmation email from the organizer, but in our experience it's best to screenshot or write down the date/time/location prior to submitting for reference later. Add it to whatever calendaring system you use now as well.)
The next steps are optional, but we would love for you to do:
SHARE the event on your social media channels (e.g., cut and paste this link - https://www.facebook.com/events/1433642926856152/ - into FB or Twitter for example and add a personal note about why you're attending and why you encourage others to do so).
COMMENT and/or link the event you will be attending by posting on the Hope Xchange event page, so we know which areas of the WORLD are covered by our BP tribe members.
ATTEND. Be a participant. Take pictures, video, notes -- whatever you think our BP tribe will benefit from.
SUBMIT feedback, photos, thoughts, stories to us via email or use the file uploader for this event in the form below.
SMILE. You're not alone!
Depending upon the response we receive, we plan to compile the submissions and unveil when we convene virtually to discuss our experiences and next steps at a later date.
We look forward to hearing your stories if you are up for the share and our team will be thinking of you and the beautiful souls we lose every day far too soon.
Nov 15, 2013 - National Philanthropy Week Day of Gratitude with special guest Chad Convis, Pass-through-Philanthropy / Processing 4 Good
What is National Philanthropy Day?
National Philanthropy Day®, November 15, is the special day set aside to recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy—and those people active in the philanthropic community—have made to our lives, our communities and our world.
What makes philanthropy so special is that no one is required to give of themselves. There are no national laws or regulations which mandate that you must volunteer or get involved. Philanthropy is so powerful and inspiring precisely because it is voluntary—that through the goodness of our hearts, through our need to connect, through our desire to see a better world, we come together to improve the quality of life for all people.
Hope Xchange has teamed up to coordinate some special activities during the week to recognize and celebrate a few of the philanthropic partnerships we are nurturing - all of which will culminate in our Day of Gratitude on Friday, November 15.
Please hangout with our team and a very special guest, Chad Convis, on Google Video Chat on Friday, Nov 15 at 4PM PST to discuss how we, as a special bipolar tribe, can join together in the spirit of harmony to raise awareness about bipolar. We look forward to our dialog and would be most grateful for your invaluable input.
[ BACKGROUND ON CHAD CONVIS AND PASS-THROUGH-PHILANTHROPY ]
I'm so excited to introduce you all to Chad. I asked him for a short bio last night and it was late so a couple of drinks were consumed BUT I liked this one he sent v just sending you his LinkedIn profile because it's much more real .. drinks can make ya real like that (in moderation of course). Back to Chad and his shared bio:
"Let's see, I'm a former pro beach volleyball player on the AVP Tour now retired to the mountains with an opportunity to help raise money for charitable organizations. I'm rich with love, friends and fortune and this is my opportunity to help others of all kinds in need from animals, to people, to the planet.
There are so many amazing non-profits doing good work on behalf of those in need I just feel compelled to help and support the people brave enough to dedicate themselves to the benefit of others.
I do this through "Pass-Through Philanthropy" which gives businesses the unique ability to donate real money each month to the non-profit(s) of their choice - for FREE. Absolutely no money is taken from profits!"
[ note to reader - we're now switching to LinkedIn cut and paste to give you more info on how he helps charities such as Hope Xchange b/c I wanted to share briefly (hmm this email is wee long!) how he walks the talk ]
With Processing 4 Good, giving is hard-wired into the cost of doing business providing turn-key corporate responsibility that you can share with employees, customers and your (social) network of influence. Monthly statements will reflect your donation metrics (how much given and to whom) for total transparency, tracking and utility within marketing communications.
Giving is great for the sake of giving and it's effect is amplified when you share your goodwill efforts with others in the community as it increases awareness, involvement and promotes giving. Pass-through philanthropy is easy and costs nothing. Donations come from OUR profit out of a necessary expense you already pay. Give on your own terms! Donate to one or more non-profit(s) at a time, change beneficiaries (NPOs) each month/quarter/year, or let your customers/employees vote for who you should give to - it's up to you, and it's powerful!
Note to participate in a Google Video Chat, you must email the event organizer (Kerry @ email@example.com) the email you used to set up your Google+ account. That way I can add you to the event (v you digging around in Live Hangouts to find us). You can also add me to your Google Circle at https://plus.google.com/u/0/+KerryMartin.
The FIRST San Diego person to join wins a free dinner with our founder, Kerry Martin. What are you waiting for SD peeps? :)
Oct 31, 2013 - Trade your Treat for Something Sweet
As we count down to Halloween this year, American's will spend a huge amount of money on costumes, candy, and decorations.
According to Mashable, $8 billion will be spent this year on Halloween. To put that into perspective, the US spends $2.5 trillion on health each year, but only 5% of that goes towards mental health, i.e., $125 billion. This is despite the fact that mental illness accounts for almost 50% of all ill-health in people under 65 years of age.
Hope Xchange Nonprofit would like you to consider exchanging a portion of your Halloween expenses for a donation to empower the bipolar community to help itself.
[ THE HOPE XCHANGE STORY ]
Hi Friends - In 2012, I resurfaced from the worst depression I have ever been through. You see peeps, I am bipolar. Thanks in large part to my parents, my 5 brothers and sisters and some amazing friends, I made it through and am now standing in the light on the other side.
I brought with me some deep thoughts from my dark place and now I'm turning what was depressed intentions into balanced actions. I have started a privately-funded nonprofit, Hope Xchange, for bipolars by bipolar.
Our mission is to empower the bipolar community to help itself. You see my friends, there are so many wonderful, giving and special bipolar individuals in our society today but through no fault of their own, they suffer. They lose hope. And, 20% of them give up and take their own lives, 100% too many IMHO.
Through Hope Xchange Nonprofit, we are setting up 3 programs, all of which have a common thread, enabling bipolars to help each other thereby restored hope:  Xchange - an online bartering community where deposits are made when happy and withdrawals when depressed,  B2B - a mentoring program wherein stable healthy bipolars mentor those who aren't yet there, and  BF2BF - support groups for friends and family of bipolar individuals who want to help but don't know how.
[ THE EVENT ]
Through our Halloween fundraiser, Hope Xchange is currently seeking some seed money to help our team develop a sound marketing foundation for our new nonprofit. We believe in that old adage, failing to plan is planning to fail, and I can assure you, we do not plan to fail ... we have big plans.
We currently have collaborative relationships with other nonprofit organizations, receive professional service donations from some amazingly giving individuals, but are completely bootstrapped via our for-profit partner, Apical Marketing (who will be writing our strategic marketing plan).
Abe Lincoln said "give me 6 hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first 4 sharpening the axe."In exchange for your support, we want to restore hope. In exchange for your financial donation, no matter how small, we shall sharpen our axe and prepare as best we can for this very important battle.
[ HOW CAN YOU HELP? ]
For more information on Hope Xchange and how you can help and/or to make a donation, please visit HELP.
[ ATTEND OUR GOOGLE VIDEO HANGOUT ]
Join us on Google Plus at 8:30 PST.
If our suicide prevention and mental wellness programs align with your corporation's giving back and employee matching programs, please consider joining forces and becoming a Hope Xchange Corporate Sponsor. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the benefits associated with our sponsorship options and which may be the best fit for your organization.