I have been thinking a lot about how I can include those people who do not skateboard in the common goal to raise awareness of mental illness. I want to help people pursue their passions to cope with their issues. That is the central goal of #skatetofight.
Admittedly, I boxed myself into a corner when I developed the site. I really never thought many other people would have much interest in the site so I focused purely on skating. Now I realize there are many others following my site. I want to try and develop a way for all people to connect with others who share their passion and use it to fight depression and other mental issues. I think social media is the easiest way to do so.
I propose that regardless of what you use to cope, you use the hashtag. Maybe you use writing to deal: #writetofight.
Or perhaps service: #servetofight. The uses are unlimited. My dream for this is for people to tag their photos and posts with #skatetofight and then their own hashtag. I am aware this post may just be a flop, but I see incredible potential. I see people making friends who have the same interests and problems. I see unity and love being spread on a global scale. There is no doubt it takes courage. But you never know, you might have a life changing impact on someone.
Here are some people who are using their own hashtag.
"Climbing is my escape from my own head. It's a way to move beyond my illness and deeply focus on the task at hand...not falling." #climbtofight
"Running really helps my anxiety. Getting out in the fresh air with my music blasting, my heart pounding. I hate it! But I love the way it helps me and makes me feel. Even my husband says there is a difference when I go running."