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A social media challenge giving people a million reasons to live

Thursday, 22 November 2018 Angela

Angela explains why she has started the #WhyNotChallenge to help suicide prevention by giving people a million reasons to live.

Angela has lived with mental illness for many years, and started this campaign to help others.

Throughout years of living with mental illness and helping those who are also mentally ill, I’ve found that making a list has mostly been an effective and successful activity for me. Whether it’s a list of reasons to live, goals, or reasons you love yourself. It puts our lives into perspective and clears our heads by making all that clutter focus on one task.

"Whether it’s a list of reasons to live, goals, or reasons you love yourself, It puts our lives into perspective and clears our heads."

As a mental health advocate, I wanted to start a movement that would offer a more personal, active method to help suicide prevention that went beyond just passively posting helplines. Everyone right now can take part in this movement and the best part; every person can add their own unique touch to it!

"The goal is to be able to look up the hashtag and see a million unique reasons why life is worth living."

Make a list of 11 reasons why not to go and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #WhyNotChallenge. It is a non-aggressive, proactive, and reflective exercise that anyone can do. The goal is to be able to look up the hashtag and see a million unique reasons why life is worth living. Lots of people die by suicide because they run out of reasons to stay, so let’s give them more reasons to live.

"Help give someone hope. Together, we can save lives one list at a time."

I need your help to make a million reasons why to live for the people who can’t think of even one reason by themselves. Take a moment, make your list, and help give someone hope. Together, we can save lives one list at a time.

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