Jared Padalecki Launches a T-Shirt In Support of Mental Illness

Jared Padalecki, TWLOHAJared Padalecki, who we all know as Sam Winchester on the long-running show Supernatural, has launched a t-shirt to support mental health issues.

He made the announcement on Twitter, where he wrote,”Launching my 1st ever t-shirt for a cause thats super close to my heart. I hope you like it!” He has launched the shirt through Represent, a web site that allows people to design their own t-shirts.

The shirt features Padalecki’s Supernatural character, Sam Winchester, with the words “Always Keep Fighting” across it.

The description of the shirt reads, “When life beats you down, NEVER give up. Proceeds from my FIRST EVER limited edition shirt will go to “To Write Love On Her Arms”, to help people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.”

Jared has also posted a message with the story of how he became involved with the organization and why mental health awareness is such an important cause:
On New Years Eve, my dear friend lost his battle with depression. This, unfortunately, wasn’t the first time i lost a personal friend to suicide, and it hurt me deeply, in a way that only a personal experience with suicide can. Though he wasn’t the first friend I’ve lost to suicide, I sure hope he’s the last. I wish i had the chance to go back and tell them what they meant to me. I wish I had the chance to beg them to seek help, to keep fighting. I wish they knew that they were surrounded by countless others who struggle on a daily basis.

I hope that this campaign, while raising money for a wonderful charity, can also raise awareness about issues that affect more people than we know. I hope it inspires people battling depression, addiction, mental illness and suicidal thoughts to be vocal about their struggles. I hope it helps people realize that they shouldn’t be ashamed of what they are going through, and I hope it helps people meet and find new friends that they can relate to. I hope it helps people take pride in the fight that they have been fighting, and gives them a push to never give up or give in. I hope it helps inspire people to keep fighting. no matter how hard it is.

For people who deal with mental illness, depression, addiction or suicidal thoughts, every day can bring about new struggles. Every hour and every minute can seem to bring insurmountable odds of happiness. I hope that the simple message of “always keep fighting” can help to bolster somebody through a tough time. I also hope this campaign can help alleviate some of the stigma that the terms “mental illness” and “depression” sometimes evokes.

Everybody has either dealt with these issues themselves, or had a loved one who deal with them. It’s time for us to put these issues front and center and not be ashamed of the path we are walking. If you’re out there and need help, please seek it. Be proud of your valiant day-to-day struggle. There is no shame in needing support. I hope this campaign will help you be vocal about your own struggles, or vocal in your support of those who might need a helping hand. Most of all, when life seems to want to beat you down, I hope you Always Keep Fighting.

To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement, “Dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.”

Please support TWLOHA by purchasing a t-shirt!

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