"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."
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.