Ben Harthun

Meeresvogel Magazine- A Book to Inspire Hope

Meeresvøgel is a nonprofit creative project with the goal of invoking hopefulness and inspiring others to be more creative, introspective, and active with their surroundings.
We strive to help others reflect and to push through the darkness that creeps into the light of our daily lives, highlight perseverance, and feature the benefits of wondering as a positive experience. There’s more light in the surrounding of your life than you may think. Slow down. Breathe in. Notice life in everything.
The book was originally created back in 2014 to combine travel photos, writing and journaling as a personal reminder to persevere. Over the years, we continued to explore this idea through places traveled, finding ways to push the design, the writing, and how it could possibly be digestible to a wider audience. It was first created so it could lend hope when things felt hopeless, slow-down when life felt it was going too fast, and help others gain new perspective. So here we are in 2020, and I think you'll enjoy how far we've come.
The Issue:
As mental health becomes more of a transparent issue, it's still stigmatized and pushed under the rug as a taboo topic. Yet 44 million people suffer from a mental illness (anxiety, depression) in the US alone (almost 1 in 5 Americans) and yet no one talks about it. Twenty-percent of your co-workers, your loved ones, the people you know around you are possibly and likely dealing with things they don't talk about because of this ongoing stigma.

The Cause & The Impact:
As a continued effort to push the topic of Mental Health towards ubiquity, we will be donating 100% of our net-proceeds of the book to The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

How far your contribution will go:

NAMI is offered in thousands of communities across the United States through NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates, their education programs ensure hundreds of thousands of families, individuals and educators get the support and information they need.

They provides volunteer leaders with the tools, resources and skills necessary to save mental health in all states.

They provide a toll-free NAMI HelpLine allows us to respond personally to hundreds of thousands of requests each year, providing free referral, information and support—a much-needed lifeline for many.

NAMI also holds public awareness events and activities, including Mental Illness Awareness Week and NAMIWalks, successfully fight stigma and encourage understanding. NAMI works with reporters on a daily basis to make sure our country understands how important mental health is.

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