A couple of months ago, I received an order for 25 Orange Bead Bracelets from a remarkable young woman named Emily Ponte. She expressed her excitement over the OBC movement and wished to give the bracelets to her swim team at school. I was instantly moved at the thought of an entire team banding together to support such an important issue that affects 1 in 10 people in the United States. Not only that, but they were willing to break the ice in their college and home towns through the wearing of these bracelets in order to jump start a meaningful conversation about Mental Illnesses. This, in itself, takes so much courage and I realize that. I am so thankful to the Truman State University's Swim Team and wish them all a peaceful and mindful 2016. Here is the statement sent along with their team photo:
Going away to school can be really hard. You don’t know many people and you are out of your element. Moving from Chicago to Kirskville, MO really tested my independence. Joining the Truman State University swim team was probably one of the best decisions of my life. The TSU swim team is a family, home away from home, and the most amazing support system. Life can get really challenging during this time in every swimmer's life. The Bulldog family has been effected by Depression and Anxiety but we all stand together and lean on each other when we need it. My sister battled Depression and has become a stronger, happier, and healthier person after it all. I am so proud of her. Also some close teammates have had some battles of their own.
We all have each other’s back. Team members ordered the Orange Bead Collection to show our support and the understanding that no one is alone in this life, especially when you’re a Bulldog. We thank Bree and support her movement to help spread awareness and understanding of depression and anxiety. We are Bulldog strong and we stand together and fight together.
“Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.”