I recently put my ranting pants on and had a big cry about suicide prevention days because that is the kind of jerk that I am. But then after that, I did nothing. And then I started thinking about whether that makes me worse than the days I was touting as tokenistic, and I decided that it does. I am worse than tokenistic days.
Do you know what mental health needs? Money. It pays for research and for campaign development and maybe sometimes it even subsidises treatment for people who can't afford it (because the government only gives us 10 subsidised sessions a year, and even then that can make them $100+). I'd like an organisation that I think is doing good stuff to have some more money. They get quite a lot already, it's true, but I like the way they use it. I'd like them to use some more.
So the excelllent and wise Alex Kidman suggested that in lieu of any "saleable" vices (drinking, smoking, injecting hard drugs, kidnapping, going on holidays), I could sell my reluctance to Nanowrimo. I don't want to. Really. I can't think of anything I would rather not do than write 50,000 words in November. But maybe I can, if it means beyondblue will get some dosh in their wallets. Is that where NFPs keep their dosh? I'm not sure.
For every 10 cents donated, I will write one word in November. If you donate $5, I will write 50 words. If you donate $1000, I will write 10,000 words (and find you and kill you). It's a mental story, about mentals. When it's over, I'll finish it off and one day maybe it will say something useful about mental illness, through literature. Either way, someone will give the money to beyondblue and they can do that thing where they make people feel a bit less shit.