"By attending Anime and Gaming conventions all over the nation we get to start conversations that spark change, raise awareness for mental health and hand out resources to anyone looking for support and community."
At each event in which they participate, they hand out a packet that explains who they are and what they do, a cool bookmark, a bonus Pokemon card (how cool is that?), invaluable links to resources for help and support and of course - a button!!
They have invented characters in the anime and cosplay universe that are not only relatable to those struggling but that also highlight the idea that everyone has an inner, hidden super hero just waiting to make their debut! There is strength and power in everyone! Even if you aren't one of those who struggle, you should really take time to check them out. This program has the ability to bring understanding and teach compassion for those who are suffering and is helping to end the stigma often sadly associated with mental illness.
ABM and Buttons for Change, along with your generosity, are honored to be able to make a donation to this incredible program. Together, we are truly changing the world, one button at a time! Until next time, happy button making!
By Brighid Brown, Director of Blogging and All Things Cool at ABM