Ok, so I am setting up this whole TheFaceasOfDepression.org idea. I put together a webpage (see previous sentence 🙂
The website has my story and the basic premise of the program, but I have to develop things further in order to get ready to go public. I have spoken with a publicist. He thinks it will take off quickly as a non-profit, but he warned me that I will only have one shot when I get on radio or tv. One shot or it’s a bust!
So, I am putting together the corporation papers and applying for 501 (3) (c) status, and filming some video. (editing video was not easy to learn btw) The videos are both professionals giving their opinions on stigmas attached ,how it affects relationships, and some new treatments available, as well as support people like my wife who will talk about what it’s like to live with and be in a relationship with me. (just he medical part, not the throwing underwear on the floor part) My current website is a DIY kind of thing, so I will need to upgrade that at some point.
I also need to have my message down. So I am writing a speech to figure out how I would present my thoughts. First draft…….not so good. Very informative, but not so encouraging. It would have left people depressed if they weren’t already. I am getting closer with my message, but I need to really end it with a “Call to Action”. My current draft has an “everyone wears masks of some kind so we are in the same boat” message. I don’t think that will work because I am trying to make it so that we DON’T need to wear masks at all.
Any thoughts on what to say? Or how to word it? I think I’m going more towards a “if you have a physical ailment you wouldn’t need a mask or be ashamed” message. That’s going to be difficult without sounding whiny.
Look forward to your thoughts!