4/13/20 | Education

A Letter From Joe

As someone who has struggled with anxiety and depression throughout his entire life, mental health has always remained close to my heart. Today, as our world faces many unknowns, I feel that we are being provided with a new opportunity to address this pertinent topic. Each of us is witnessing, on nearly a daily basis, how our thoughts and beliefs can spread as quickly as this virus, and so we at Cured are pledging to show up by contributing to the spread of greater awareness and relief on a mass scale.

We founded Cured with a mission to share the true healing powers and wisdom of nature. Unfortunately, and for a variety of reasons, this understanding seems to have been lost over the years. As a result, the structures and systems we currently have in place often overlook one of the biggest truth’s underlying our existence as a human species: nature speaks to us. It reminds us of its power in countless ways, and especially during times of struggle when we are most likely to look away or throw in the towel. When we experience these moments, whether individually or as a collective, we are nudged towards new paths and perhaps even new forms of help.

Eight years ago, I found myself on the ledge of a bridge, just inches away from completely letting go of my will to live. I was standing in precisely this type of emotional crossroad: deeply struggling, yet not sure where to look for support. The path I followed eventually took me out of complete hopelessness and into genuine stability; across new tools, techniques, and therapists that provided layers of self-exploration that I wouldn’t have otherwise encountered.

As we watch the heroic efforts of our nation’s healthcare workers in response to COVID-19, we are overwhelmed with gratitude for those risking their lives to protect the most vulnerable members of our society. Still, if we take an honest look at the true extent of what is happening, I think we would all agree that our current healthcare system has no shortage of pitfalls. Outside of this current crisis, we continue to lose the battle in regards to adequate and accessible mental health resources. While I was fortunate enough to afford therapy when I needed most, this isn’t the case for many others wading through the depths of their own struggle.

So, what do we do?

Cured believes that facilitating these types of conversations is the first step. Without open and honest dialogue, we have no ground to stand on. The next step is providing the actual resources needed to spark change, and that is where Khesed Wellness comes in. Khesed is a national non-profit organization with a very clear objective: to make outpatient mental health and wellness services available for individuals who are either underinsured or uninsured. They accomplish this by establishing meaningful partnerships with licensed professionals who are qualified to offer assistance and hold space.

From today and through the end of this week, 5% of all tincture sales will be donated to Khesed. We know that this is just the start of a much larger movement, but even so, banding together now to support this cause will have a lasting impact on how we engage with and treat mental health. Raising just $60 covers an entire session for someone in need. I think we can do even better than that, and I look forward to watching this community make that happen. Thank you.


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