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Paint. Drink. Live; “Because Your Mind Matters”By: Allison Ryder


“I am fine.” Those three little words are like a loaded gun. Often times, they are the staple to depression.


“I’ve had enough.” We’ve all said it but for someone suffering from mental illness, it’s a reality that they’re unable to escape from.


According to statistics, there are 121 suicides on average, per day. For every suicide, there are 25 people who attempt suicide. Suicide is not a sign of weakness, it is an act committed by someone who is unable to absorb the intense pain that they are feeling in a tolerable way and move forward from it, move forward from various unimaginable circumstances and heartache. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention provides a safe haven for those who have lost someone, or those who have tried or who are contemplating suicide. They implement scientific methods to better assist in preventing this extremely common tragedy.


It’s easy to overlook someone’s emotions because we all have our own that we deal with on a daily basis but it’s not easy to overlook those statistics.


This is a cause that is near and dear to my heart and to all of us at Pinot’s Palette. Miss Staten Island, Allison DeLuca, is an advocate of “Because Your Mind Matters,” bringing awareness and support to those suffering from mental illness or those who have lost someone to mental illness. She is hosting a fundraiser at Pinot’s Palette North Shore where $15 per painter will be donated to the cause. The event is on Tuesday, March 21st beginning at 6:30pm. Tickets are priced at $45 per painter and can be bought via our website or by calling and making a reservation.


You cannot be there every day of someone’s life nor can you be responsible for every decision those you love make but you can be there for them through their suffering. You can offer a hand to help or an ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on. You may not be able to pinpoint all those who are silently suffering but you can stand with them. You can make a difference with your support, your time, and your generosity. Mental illness is a darkness and darkness can only be driven out with light. Anyone who comes to this outstanding display of support is a form of light, a symbol of hope. Unified, we can raise awareness and prevent future attempts by creating mechanisms and safe havens so suicide is no longer the only visible option in times of despair. This is a cause that needs people who will fight for recovery, who will not give up, and who have a strong support system helping them to light the way.


So put away those bad days, pick up a paintbrush, and join us on March 21st to help those who are suffering, make way to a brighter day.