Over 100 years ago, our founder, Clifford Beers said:
“I must fight in the open”
Beers used those words to respond to critics who suggested he start his mental health movement anonymously.
Today, we choose to fight in the open – and we hope you will too.
Mental Health America (MHA) has partnered with Booster.com, a free crowdfunding platform that helps organizations raise awareness and funds online through the sale of customized items to launch its first campaign to inspire individuals to FIGHT IN THE OPEN.
Take a selfie with your t-shirt and tag Mental Health America on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram with the hashtag #FightInTheOpen to join our community!
Wearing a t-shirt about mental health may not seem like much, but sometimes a conversation starter is all someone needs to know they are not alone. We embrace Clifford Beers’ message of sharing our stories and experiences to help others know that they are not alone – thus creating a movement to FIGHT IN THE OPEN.
The t-shirts will be printed and shipped in time to be worn during Mental Health Month in May.
Your courage will inspire others to speak out against stigma.
We encourage you to take part in this campaign by purchasing a FIGHT IN THE OPEN t-shirt and wearing it during Mental Health Month in May.
About the Designer
The t-shirt design was created exclusively for MHA’s FIGHT IN THE OPEN Booster campaign by Cleveland-based artist Derek Hess, who openly shares his experience with mental illness and chooses to FIGHT IN THE OPEN. Both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the world-famous Louvre in Paris feature Hess’ art in their permanent collection.
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