PRESS RELEASE: London Photographer Rebecca Nash Dedicates 2017 to speaking up and reaching out to support Mental Health
Tuesday January 31st 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Local Photographer Rebecca Nash announces a dedication to donate to donate 10% of all sales in 2017 to support mental health in London and beyond. Going even further, Rebecca Nash Photography will donate a gift certificate for a portrait session to the fundraising efforts of Mental Health organizations in London and surrounding areas for each session or wedding booked before the end of January (session does not need to occur in January).
Celebrating her 8th year in business in September 2017, Nash decided it was time to really give back in a bigger way to the community that welcomed her.
“Some of my earliest memories are of time spent with my family supporting our community. I remember days spent outside the Sobeys in our small town helping to sell car draw tickets. I remember easter mornings helping set up the Easter Egg Hunt in our town. I remember riding on the float or, when I was a little older, handing out Hot Chocolate in the Santa Claus Parade. I remember being a Kin Kid.
My parents were dedicated members of the Kinsmen and Kinette Clubs of Grimsby. We raised money for Cystic Fibrosis in every way we could to give back and held local events that supported our community too. Community service was just part of what our family did, of who we were.”
This new initiative is the culmination of Nash’s experiences, her desire to give back to her community in a meaningful way, and provide support (and a voice) to a cause that is important to her.
Nash has begun to share her own experiences and struggles with mental illness that inspired this new dedication to supporting Mental Health organizations in her community.
“Not long after my daughter was born I was diagnosed with an Anxiety Disorder. There was no major event leading up to the diagnosis. No massive panic attacks, no episodes of hiding from the world crying...it was just life as usual as far as I knew but someone recognized things might be the norm for me but there might be something more to it. I will never be able to thank Kay, my college program coordinator, enough for recommending I go for learning disability testing.
I went through what seemed like a million hours of testing (I think it was actually only 8 hours) and came out thinking “I’m going to look stupid, what was I thinking - there’s nothing wrong with me I’m just a lazy procrastinator and too sensitive to everything”
I still remember sitting in the office waiting for the results a few weeks later. There was a huge lump in my throat, I couldn’t sit still, I felt like I was on fire from the inside. One of the people who had tested me walked in, a smile on her face, and told me we had some things to discuss. I wasn’t just silly for thinking I didn’t do things or learn like other people - I had a reason. I have learning difficulties and a general anxiety disorder.
At first I didn’t know how to react. What does this mean? Am I going to be able to finish college? Does this mean I’m going to fail? Do I have to go to a special school?
I cannot even begin to express the sense of relief that washed over me in the next few minutes. The woman came around the desk, sat down next to me and said ‘don’t worry - we have a plan to help’. We spent the next few minutes going over exactly where my learning difficulties and anxiety were, what they meant, and what could be done to support me so I could continue on in my program just like everyone else.”
Nash is excited to connect with organizations in the London community to get even more involved.
CONTACT: Rebecca Nash-Emerson, Creative Director - Rebecca Nash Photography
226-973-7115 or firstname.lastname@example.org