#GivingTuesdaySeries: Why I Chose Project Semicolon (New Merch Product Reveal) #EndTheStigma

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US for all ages. (CDC)

Every day, approximately 123 Americans die by suicide. (CDC)

There is one death by suicide in the US every 12 minutes. (CDC)

Depression affects 20-25% of Americans ages 18+ in a given year. (CDC)

Suicide takes the lives of over 44,965 Americans every year. (CDC)

The highest suicide rates in the US are among Whites, American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Only half of all Americans experiencing an episode of major depression receive treatment. (NAMI)

80% -90% of people that seek treatment for depression are treated successfully using therapy and/or medication. (TADS study)

An estimated quarter million people each year become suicide survivors (AAS).

There is one suicide for every estimated 25 suicide attempts. (CDC)

There is one suicide for every estimated 4 suicide attempts in the elderly. (CDC)FB_IMG_1574286804756

I was recently diagnosed with anxiety and depression but have battled it my entire life. At the age of 12, I attempted suicide, and have had recurring episodes of suicidal thoughts since. I also battle symptoms of anxiety and have suffered multiple panic attacks. It can be crippling and you almost feel as if you can’t discuss it.

Most sick days I’ve ever called out of work have been mental health days.

Yet, it’s not yet globally accepted to use a sick day for your mental health.

One thing people don’t know about me is I suffer with social anxiety. In public places, I hate calling attention to myself. And if I have to address groups of people it makes me anxious. I believe I have always suffered this since I was young but started noticing it while in college which makes sense because I actually had a lot of people emotionally abuse me and socially reject me in some sense while I attended school there.

We should end the stigma.

Every purchase of this backpack will benefit Project Semicolon which is a great cause that uses a semi colon to show that your story has not come to an end…you can keep fighting.
We have to help people everywhere understand that help is available, mental health is vital for well-being, and suicide is never the answer.

You can purchase a backpack here and 100% of profit goes to Project Semicolon.

I am also running a Facebookfundraiser that you can donate to and all money raised will be donated by Facebook to Project Semicolon.

#HotOffThePress: A Brand New Cookies For A Cause design

Third Design from Bookish Merchandise Line Benefits The Christina Grimmie Foundation

May 24, 2019—-Straight from the start, every new design within this merchandise line will benefit an even bigger cause. Publicist Chelsea DeVries chose a cookie jamming out to the music playing within it’s Beats as the design to benefit the Christina Grimmie Foundation. Music was Christina’s greatest talent and something she used to reach people who were struggling with self-confidence, being different, standing out, and always spreading a message of leading with love.

Whether you are a female drummer, skateboarder, or punk rock enthusiast, socks are a staple of everyone’s wardrobe. And in the winter, they keep your feet warm. Why not rock out with these music loving socks on?! Each pair of these socks donates $5 to the Christina Grimmie so get a pair for you, your girl or guy, your mom, your dad, your uncle, your cousin, your aunt twice removed, turn up the volume on the soundtrack to your life and rock your socks off no matter what day it is. The socks retail at $15.99 (plus 3.99 s&h) and are available in bold and bright colors for all forms of expression.

Also available are active leggings to work out in or perfect for dancing around the house in. leggings These retail at $44.99 and support the services and operation of the Smart Cookie Philes.

Being that it’s close to Memorial Day, that is the universal signal that summer is right around the corner. Beach towels are also available so you can keep it rockin’ while at the beach or the pool. They retail at $30.99 and benefit the services and operation of The Smart Cookie Philes.

All 3 new products are available here Rock Your Socks Off!  

Keep the tune on replay and spread the word!

For all Cookies For A Cause merch, please visit the storefront here.

If interested in partnering with The Smart Cookie Philes on an upcoming design, please email Chelsea at wittywriterpoet26@gmail.com

 

 

#BirthdayBonanza: Happy Smart Cookie Day!

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To celebrate our third year, I am giving away my EXCLUSIVE merch line Cookies For A CAUSE and the only designs being used within the giveaway are the products that benefit various causes that matter to me and are making a difference in the lives of children with the gift of reading and education, and soon to be announced a third cause that is musically inspired but benefits both those affected by gun violence as well as those affected by breast cancer.

t-shirt 1 person wins a T-shirt that benefits Bess The Book Bus.

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One person will win a Tote Bag that benefits Adopt A Classroom.

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One person will win my BRAND NEW PRODUCT before it is launched!

And if you would like to give a gift to The Smart Cookie Philes, you can always donate here or purchase something other than the products mentioned above to benefit the betterment and maintenance of The Smart Cookie Philes.

Thank you for making my third birthday a total success and as always, please feel free to keep espresso-ing yourself however you choose!

So much love,

Chelsea DeVries

Author and Publicist

The Smart Cookie Philes

Calling all supporters of The Smart Cookie Philes…

I am putting together a testimonial video and would love to feature YOU if you’ve been positively affected by this community.

Whether we’ve worked together directly because you are an author or musician, or you are just an avid reader of my posts here, and supporter of this community, please send me:

  • A 1 minute video telling everyone how the Smart Cookie Philes provided you with a sense of community
  • OR a quote about The Smart Cookie Philes.

Email either option to wittywriterpoet26@gmail.com and you could see yourself in my video or your kind words.

Deadline for this testimonial is March 16, 2018.

 

Happy Birthday to The Smart Cookie Philes!

Today, we are two years old. Wow, how fast time flies!

Some people are unaware of the origins of this site and how it came to be so I figured it was appropriate to share the birth story of The Smart Cookie.

Not being able to find a job once out of college was part of it.

Not being able to find a job that was my dream job and also accepted all of my idiosyncrasies was also part of it.

The Smart Cookie Philes was born on MLK day 2016 because like the GREAT changemaker, I too had a dream, and it wasn’t one dimensional or going to be abc-123 easy to achieve.

So I decided that the right opportunity doesn’t wait for no man, so I created the opportunity for me and many others.

To the untrained eye, this looks like a simple book blog and that was the original intention behind it.

Yet, I am a vivacious reader who also loves everything that music does for it’s listener. How it soothes the soul, makes you feel less alone, and connects people.

I realized then that books and music both connect people in similar ways even though they are entirely different mediums, they both start from the same origin: out of the heart and mind of a creative soul who wants to affect change some how some way in a wave, in a ripple, in a surge of hope.

Yet, I also wanted this to be a site where all people not just writers and musicians could feel welcome because society really provides a heavy load with it’s labels and pressures if you don’t exactly mirror every other person that has gone before you.

So this is a community for the rejects, for the weirdos, for the over-caffeinated writer who grew up too shy to do anything but vivaciously read and learn all the lyrics to their favorite songs and yet, had trouble finding solace and acceptance among those in their peer group.

This is a community for those who decide to dare to be different and are unafraid and unashamed to walk a path not yet walked so that by chance, they can lead the way for others who come after who feel the same way.

This is a community for those who become a part of it to ESPRESSO THEMSELVES however that looks no matter what because we only get one life and we should live it in the most genuine and authentic way we know.

Here at The Smart Cookie Philes we are all smart, strong, and enough. After all, when it comes to cookies, flavors and variety always makes for a more delicious experience overall.

THANK YOU for your continued support of my dream and the beautiful works of others.

Here’s to more years being exactly who you were meant to be and expressing yourself authentically.

So much love,

Chelsea DeVries

Creator of The Smart Cookie Philes

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