A few days ago my first IMALIVE paintings went up for auction.
You can see them and bid on them here http://www.creationent.com/auctions/catalog.asp?catid=389&n=IMALIVE-CHARITY
This is the test now…the return on investment for both myself and IMALIVE. They’ve never had an artist paint for them before; it was always people with enthusiasm and generosity in the past.
But it’s also a chance to see ROI for me too. I don’t get paid for this work. Except for shipping costs, everything from time to materials is out-of-pocket for me.
I saw what IMALIVE was doing with their art at the conventions and wanted to help them do it better. And I saw firsthand the work they do at the shows. Important, difficult work.
Helping people who are having anxiety attacks, who are depressed, who are in some kind of crisis.
And they don’t just help at the shows. At any time, online, anyone in need can reach trained volunteers and ask for help.
When I was growing up, suicide was only talked about in hushed whispers. It was something we pretended didn’t exist. Signs were ignored. People who reached out for help faced the stigma of mental illness.
I don’t even think we called it mental illness. But I don’t remember for sure. I do know there was stigma and it was unshakable. That was it, for life. You were labelled.
When I had my first baby and went through some pretty severe postpartum depression, there was very little help available. Generally mothers were separated from their babies and medicated.
Right at the same time, there were a few mothers who harmed or killed their babies so, at least where I was living, doctor reaction to signs was swift and extreme.
I never asked for help. I couldn’t ask for help.
I made it through this period through sheer force of will. Mind over matter.
But imagine, if I could have – hell if anyone could have had someone to reach out to. Anonymously. And get help.
Imagine how much faster the healing process would have been.
Imagine how it feels when you realize you are not alone.
Imagine having direction and compassion and help right at the click of a button.
This is why I support IMALIVE as much as I do. With everything I have. Their work makes a difference.
I want them to be there for someone in need. The way no one was there for me.
And if that doesn’t move you, how about this: all my paintings are signed by the four leads of Supernatural. And right now all of them are listed for far less than what I would sell them for. Far, far less.
This is your chance to own once of a kind, original, autographed art that will only go up in value as my career grows.
If you’re not in a position to bid, please signal boost the auction. The more people that see it the better.
Did you know?
Dialogue about mental illness matters. I am thrilled with how things have changed in the past ten years alone.
Having resources available to help matters too. If you, or someone you know, is in crisis go to https://www.imalive.org/