SHARE YOUR STORY with us and speak about the issues you most care about. Unite with others and tell us how you are #SpeakingOutLouder for 2017
The organization's Rise Together, Crave21, and Soul Stamps have announced a social media campaign designed to raise awareness surrounding mental health and addiction recovery. The #SpeakingOutLouder movement which started during September’s National Recovery Month.
This unique campaign aims to create awareness and conversation about mental health, substance use, and suicide prevention by encouraging everyone to share why #SpeakingOutLouder is important in 2017. The partnering organizations hope to use this hashtag campaign to assist in breaking the silence around bullying, suicide, self-harm, drugs, and alcohol.
In order to participate, an individual just has to share why they are #SpeakingOutLouder on social media channels and encourage others to do the same.
Many influencers have already joined the #SpeakingOutLouder movement, including advocates Alicia Cook, Ryan Hampton, Nikki Dubose, Bryan Edmund, and addiction & mental health recovery organizations like Faces & Voices of Recovery, Facing Addiction, She Recovers, I Hate Heroin, The You Rock Foundation, National Safety Council, Sober Nation, Substance for You, Sober Evolution, McShin Foundation, Stop Heroin Now, WI Voices for Recovery, and Spread Hope Like Fire.
We are encouraging friends, families, young adults, and those in recovery to share why they are #SpeakingOutLouder in 2017.
Over 40 Million Americans Today are Addicted to Alcohol, Nicotine, or Drugs. Every year, 1 in 4 youths self-harm. Over 3 million students are bullied. 44,000+ suicides take place annually. It is the partnering organizations’ collective mission to educate and empower everyone to make healthier choices and live free from addiction.
By taking a united front we are looking to reach millions of people across the nation and beyond. We are collectively #SpeakingOutLouder to help curve the world’s addiction epidemic & save lives.
When people share their story, it shows others that they are not alone and that recovery is possible! Sadly though, it is when people stay silent that we experience death.
According to the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report, Facing Addiction in America, 1 out of 3 households are impacted directly by addiction, only 1 in 10 people receive treatment, and substance misuse costs America over $400 Billion every year.
Our next generation is at great risk. Thousands of children are now growing up without parents, siblings, and loved ones directly to addiction.
Stand up. Speak Out. Break the Silence. Let us hear your voices. Inspire recovery all around the world. Save a Life.
Other ways to support our campaign
- Encourage Loved Ones to Ask for Help: One of our priorities is to connect those who are struggling with resources. Reaching out to our friends over at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-8255, contacting the Crisis Textline by texting HELLO to 74174. Please visit the Addiction Resource Hub: to help people find the independent, local support you or a loved one are looking for
- Wear Your Support: We have partnered up with Substance for Youth to offer you some fresh swag to help spread the message & raise awareness as you walk around in your community! (ORDER HERE)
- Raise Money to Help Prevent Addiction Locally Donate $$ to your local addiction recovery community or mental health organization. Even $1 can go a long way.
Having a hard time telling your story or talking about an issue on your mind???
While we are offering you a chance to let your voice be heard we know that sharing your story isn't always easy to do. After speaking to 100,000 + people we are offering a couple tips and pointers below. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
- Are you a person in long-term recovery from addiction? Mental illness? Or do you have a loved one that may has battled with suicidal tendencies, cutting, burning, depression, drugs or alcohol?
- How did you or they overcome those challenges?
- What were the steps you took to get where you are at now?
- Do you have any helpful tips of your own or tools that you may use in your life today that you find helpful?
- What main points are you trying to make? Hope? Purpose? Think of how people may benefit from you sharing.
For poetry, video, artwork, spoken word, or music submissions: please include background information on your piece and what it is about.
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Huge shout-out to our friend Shane Ramer "That Sober Guy" and putting together this spoken word!
Storytelling through poetry by HS student