This event is like none other. Talking about mental health and suicide is so important as a community. Supporting each other in loss, talking, learning and growing as a supporting and loving community. We talk about things and mourn after but what are we doing right now? Preventative care and just simply talking about things openly could change a life, or more, it could save it.
This is a Safe space to talk, listen and paint. We would like to invite people of all backgrounds. Even if your life has not been directly impacted we as a community need to work together to support each other.
Resources and learning tools will be available at and during the painting session. All of the proceeds of this event are going to a nonprofit foundation for kids in crises.
More information is to come and if you would like to just make a donation please click this link.
The Foundation we have picked to sponsor is one that we know will impact our (Council Bluffs and surrounding area) COMMUNITY.
History of the Eric Letz Memorial Foundation-JoAnna Letz
Erik was the sweetest, most fun loving, kind hearted, compassionate and troubled soul you could ever meet. He was born on August 28, 1998 and left us on September 15, 2018. He touched so many lives in his 20 short years, and filled them all with love and laughter. His smile was as big as his heart and it was always on his face. His smile was contagious. He lived his life to make others happy and to feel good about themselves. All the while he was feeling tortured on the inside. His mission was to help anyone that needed it and he excelled beyond words. Unfortunately he could not do the same for himself and took his own life 3 weeks after his 20th birthday.
In the depths of our grief we feel the need to continue Erik’s mission of helping others. We want to help all of the Erik’s in the world that walk around with smiles on their faces but inconceivable anguish in their hearts and minds. No child should have to live in such pain and despair. They need to be able to find happiness and become the beautiful flourishing adults that they are meant to be.
In loving memory
The painting that we have picked for the night is a semicolon, we are going to do some bright and amazing textures for the background. The teacher will show you how to do your painting step by step and you will leave with an amazing finished project and leave feeling inspired.
The meaning of the Semicolon: It represents the fact that you have complete power over yourself, and can choose to keep fighting, even if you feel like giving up at times. The entire movement aims to bring people together, to empower one another and show that we can all overcome the obstacles we face, no matter the size. You can always rewrite your story, start a new chapter, and recreate your life even if you feel you have nowhere to turn. Your story doesn’t have to end if you simply believe in your ability to create new beginnings.
People with mental illnesses often feel embarrassed to talk about their issues or feel like they will become a burden to others by voicing their problems. Many of these people suffer in silence, not knowing who to go to or where to turn. Project Semicolon invites people from all over to share their stories with one another, and wear the tattoo on their skin to show that they’ve committed to their lives and will keep marching onward despite adversities.
The movement also aims to increase compassion toward mental health issues, and “envisions a community that comes together and stands together in support of one another.” It should encourage people to start conversations with others about their mental health issues, rather than resorting to self-harm, drugs, alcohol, or other destructive behaviors that do not serve people’s best interests.