Edited by AZI Staff
Over 40,000 Americans die by suicide every year. In an effort to spread awareness and educate the community, two local women are preparing to launch a photo-based movement called The Commit Campaign. Its mission is to break the stigma associated with mental health and mental illness.
On Friday, September 25, at Boondocks Patio & Grill in Scottsdale, the campaign will host the Inaugural Commit Campaign Fashion Show beginning at 7 p.m.
Led by Christina Tetreault and Kelsey Oney – both survivors of suicide loss – Commit Campaign members strive to create a community that can speak freely on topics related to mental illness. The movement aims to educate through social media platforms, community networks, and events by sharing educational material and personal stories of those who are survivors of suicide loss and mental illness.
“We wanted to do something far beyond our normal networks,” says Tetreault, who is the current Miss Maricopa County. “Our vision is to provide a space where people find hope, and no longer feel alone with their current struggles.”
The fashion show will be the beginning of the conversation on mental health issues. That evening, the runway will not only shine a spotlight on local fashions but the models themselves will be comprised of survivors of suicide loss, women from the Miss Arizona Scholarship Organization and a group of Arizona influencers.
“Our goal is raise enough funds to plan a second fashion show in Nashville this spring, which would launch our annual remote fashion show series and grow this campaign on a national scale,” says Oney, who also serves on the board for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
For tickets and information visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-commit-campaign-fashion-show-tickets-18412195372