"I carry my bandana as a symbol, and it means that you matter. It means that I refuse to imagine a world without you. You matter to me! I might not even know who you are. I might be your lab partner. You might be my lecture buddy. Maybe I pass you every Tuesday after our 9:55. That doesn’t matter, but you do. You matter. You are wanted and enough, simple as that. You matter! You are loved, and we need you here with us. Most importantly, you are not alone – look around at all these bandanas! These people care about you just as much as I do. That’s not nothing, and you’re not nothing. You matter to us. I know you’re in pain, and I know you want that pain to end. But please, tap me on the shoulder. Please, ask me for the resources I carry just for you. I’m here for you and I need you here with me. My bandana means that you matter."
During the Fall of 2016 we made it our mission to find REAL people who are fighting the stigmas of mental illness on campus here at UW-Madison. They sport a lime green bandana everywhere they go to show their support for those struggling, to educate our community regarding the resources available to us, and most importantly, to save lives. Why do YOU wear a lime green bandana? We would love to share your story in our Spring 2017 blog series: Humans of The Bandana Project.
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Our authors are the Humans of The Bandana Project who pride themselves in reducing the stigmas of mental illness and promote mental health and wellness every day of their lives.