This May, AE & Aerie are donating $50K to BC2M! We are deeply grateful for their support of our work to end the stigma surrounding mental illness. In addition to the donation, AE & Aerie are also offering customers an opportunity to support BC2M when checking out at your local Aerie and American Eagle stores and online at www.ae.com and www.aerie.com. We hope that you will shop to support BC2M! This funding allows us to strengthen and expand the network of mental health clubs that we have built on high school campuses across the country. Learn more about the importance of this work.
Mental health disorders are truly hidden diseases at times because those of us with them become experts at placing them under a table where only a few know they exist. My daughter, during that time, was no different. We had known about the bullying taking place at her school, and had been advocates for her, but we had thought it was getting better when she stopped talking about it. We were wrong.
For mental health week at my school, there was an anonymous drop box where students could write their stories with mental illnesses. I submitted my story, thinking it would be a good outlet to let out my emotions. My story was read in front of the entire school in an assembly, and I told one girl who I thought was my friend that it was my story. She proceeded to tell the entire grade, and of course, the entire grade proceeded to bully me more.