"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."
"I joined The Bandana Project because I am a firm believer that the body cannot be healed until the mind is. As a future nurse, I realize that my ability to heal is not fully utilized until I make the mental health of my patients, and myself, a PRIORITY. I have spent a lot of my time in nursing school studying and working with those struggling with their own mental health, while working through experiences of my own. I believe that everyone's experiences and feelings are unique- but more importantly, they are REAL. I wear my bandana to show that I believe in, support, and will advocate for the awareness and support of the mental health of all of those around me- both as a student and a future medical professional💚"