I’ve loved the show “Supernatural” from the very first episode. And now I have even more reason to love this long running series. Jared Padalecki, who plays Sam Winchester, lost a friend recently to suicide. He recently opened up about his own battle with depression. The combination of these two things, as well as being inspired to do charity like some of his costars had been doing, led him to begin an awareness campaign called “Always Keep Fighting”. Sales of the shirts benefit To Write Love On Her Arms, which supports people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. He created a shirt with his likeness that stated the slogan “Always Keep Fighting”. And they are very powerful words.
If you or someone you know has suffered from mental illness, you know that it is a daily fight to live. Happiness can be very elusive. And the daily activities of living such as bathing, dressing, feeding the dog or the kids, and going to work can feel like a mountain that must be climbed.
After Jared’s first campaign ended, he embarked on a new campaign. This time, his costar Jensen Ackles joined it. They used the popularity of the show, and nicknames of their characters, to create a new shirt that says “Moose and Squirrel say always keep fighting.” This shirt features both of their likenesses but merged into one person. It’s a great idea and brings awareness to a great cause.
Reading the comments by fans on Facebook, you see just how much these men are respected for their work on their series but also for taking up this campaign.
I just bought two t-shirts myself. I hope they will become a talking point to raise awareness and to help others open up about their own struggles with depression.
You can buy a shirt while the campaign lasts at represent.com/jaredjensen.