Open Sweat Co-Hosts #SweatToStopStigma Event

Open Sweat Co-Hosts #SweatToStopStigma Event

This past Saturday, during National Mental Health Awareness Week,  the Open Sweat team joined actress Kate Mansi to co-host a #SweatToStopStigma workout at YAS Fitness in Silverlake, CA.

Kate has opted to ‘give up’ her last few birthdays to raise awareness and funds for a cause that resonates with her. This year, she chose to host an event that benefited the nonprofit Bring Change 2 Mind in hopes of starting the conversation about mental health.

Over 40 people came out to take part, with many more donating online, raising over $1600 for BringChange2Mind, who will use the donations to help fund programs, PSA’s and informative materials to educate about mental health.

“This year, I have chosen BC2M to be my birthday charity because of the brave people who reached out with their personal stories about mental illness in response to the three mentally ill characters I played this year,” Kate said before the event.

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“I live with anxiety and depression and I wanted to host this event to initiate honesty, starting with myself. If 20% of Americans live with some level of mental illness, why are we still so ashamed to talk about it? If the best solution is honest communication, then let’s all start talking!”

As guests entered the event Saturday they were asked to sign the LIVE A GREAT STORY board with their name and one word that best describes their personal life story. LIVE is also showing continuous support for the cause by donating 20% of proceeds from their apparel and products available online, to BC2M.

Open Sweat had water bottles on each bike and before the class began, Kate explained that there were 12 green bottles randomly placed among the 46 bikes to symbolize the 1 in 4 statistic of Americans living with mental illness.

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Following the energetic spin/yoga combo class, led by YAS Fitness instructor Tracy Palmer, guests enjoyed post workout smoothies by VEGA and a complimentary gift bag with items from sponsors such as : Sprinjene, Corrective Skincare, Pata Salada, Glaze Studio, Ogee, DNA Renewal, Sun-Min to name a few.

Thank you to everyone who came out as well as those who donated online. The event was so successful that we’re considering extending until Dec 30th- stay tuned for details!

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“Every year there’s at least one person who reminds me why I’m doing these events,” Kate shared. “This year that person is Carlin Putman who donated $400 yesterday with this caption: “In memory of Christine Brady. Left us too young. I lost my beautiful little sister to suicide because of mental illness.”

If you missed the event, there is still time to donate on the event’s Crowdrise page, HERE. And check out these great photos from the event, taken by the brilliant photographer Howard Wise.

 

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