Today I wanted to chat about something very close to me. And I’m just gonna dive straight into it.
I’m an AKF campaign supporter.
As a sufferer of anxiety, depression & supporter for the campaign there isn’t anything else I’d rather talk about right now.
‘AKF’ if you aren’t aware, stands for ‘Always Keep Fighting.’ It’s a campaign sponsored and directly influenced by Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins and the rest of the whole SPN Family. Not only are these guys awesome in one of my all time favourite TV shows – Supernatural, but they are involved in something even more incredible than that. (Who knew that was possible!?)
The AKF campaign is an awareness, support and encouragement towards the fight against mental health problems. Since 2015, they have been encouraging people of all ages and genders to reach out and seek the support they need.
I can’t really express how amazing this campaign is to me. They are heroes to so many people. I don’t think they quite realise just how amazing they are.
It’s effected me to an extent that even I’m shocked. I struggle to put my feelings into words at the best of times, and I think I’m still in some form of denial cause I just don’t like admitting my “other side”. I keep saying “I’m fine, I’m just ‘down in the dumps'” and for years I’ve been trying to support myself, trying to open up to people but backing out. Waking up in the morning and repeating to myself “I can do this.” When I feel the complete opposite.
I’m going through some things at the moment, and although I can deal, I’m sure. Some days are worse than others. So the campaign for me is like a safety net to keep me going and sometimes a jab in the side that I need to remind me “Oi, stop what you’re thinking, you are enough.”
The show, the campaign, heck, the whole SPNFamily, have put such an impression on me, that it might seem a bit bizarre to people who don’t quite get it or don’t feel the same way. I’ve also always been a big family person and in some ways can relate to them regarding their feelings on family. So I can’t help but feel a little awed if I see them talk live on Facebook/Youtube.
I haven’t met Jared, Jensen or Misha, but If I did, I would probably just spazz out and start hyperventilating anyway. …Cause I’m cool like that.
I’m also a disaster in social situations/meeting new people, especially if those people are famous. But if this post gets to them, (highly doubtful) I just want them to know that they are doing an amazing thing. Even though I’m sure they get told everyday how awesome they are, that they are great actors (and human beings) and that they have such a huge fan base that adore them etc etc. Oh and that they are hilarious. Let’s not forget that, that’s very important! But I just wanna say this: thank you for giving me something to keep me going through the tough days.
I didn’t intend to advertise their campaign that much… As usual when I write, I never quite know what will happen until I start tapping away!! I just had the urge to write something about AKF. Hell this post could have easily just been: “AKF, that is all!”
Anyway, I would advise anyone who is in a difficult place right now to just… look at their stuff. Yeah, haha. And reader, stay you, stay strong. And when the
shit hits the fan and you feel too tired to do those things?
Reach out. Seek the support you deserve. Know you are not alone in this. You are enough.
Until the next time~