Date: 05/01/2015

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: New Work City (412 Broadway, 2nd Fl., Manhattan)

Price: Free

It's so much easier to talk about catching a cold... My little sister Emily had her shit together. She was an independent thinker, an excellent student and ridiculously quick-witted. She was brilliant & beautiful and I admired her. Three months ago I lost my little sister to suicide. Emily was almost 23 and she loved traveling the globe. I had a crush on Rich when I was 9. He was one of my older brother's best friends and became another brother to me. I always knew I could depend on him if I ever needed anything - he was always there to help. In 2005 I lost him to suicide. We spoke on the phone less than a week before he died and he was making plans to travel. I didn't see it coming. Rich was 31 and he loved beach volleyball. I met Kim in high school. She influenced me to become a more outspoken person and tell people what I really think. She was so brave and incredibly outgoing. In 2002 I lost her to suicide. Kim suffered from bulimia, anorexia and depression. She was very open to talk about her eating disorder, but never talked about suicide. I didn't see it coming. Kim was almost 22 and she loved strawberry margaritas & jellybellies. EVERYONE OF US has been depressed at least once in our lives. Just like EVERYONE OF US has caught a cold at least once in our lives. Why is it so much easier to talk about catching a cold? This is so freaking stupid. There is a stigma when it comes to mental health and no matter how much you tell someone to ask for help, there is tremendous fear in talking about it. Suicidal individuals have no one to talk to about their depression, and they have no way of dealing with it. They don't even fully understand it, so how can anyone else? I'm working on a project with a nonprofit ( for a mental health awareness campaign on May 1st. My mission is to hang out with awesome people, create random and fun artwork and encourage others to talk about mental illness and mental health in a positive light. #nostigmas says it all. If you’d like to be a part of this, even for just 5 minutes, come see me this Friday, May 1st, at any (or all) of the following locations. Locations: Civic Hall - Cafe/Library 10am - 1pm 156 5th Ave, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10010 New Work City - Happy Hour 5pm - 7pm 412 Broadway, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10013 And invite anyone and everyone! The best thing you can do to help is spread the word.

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