I had the opportunity to do a photo shoot that I’ve been wanting to bring to life for quite some time. It represents living with mental illnesses/mental health issues. Check out the gallery and the story behind this shoot. https://somethingbeautifulbenefit.com/photo-shoot/

I’ve partnered with YES! Youth Eastside Services a local nonprofit organization dedicated to helping youth and their families. I’m very excited to be working with them and am thankful for what they do for our youth as well as their families.

Why & How

Something Beautiful was started to raise awareness for suicide, prevention, and mental health issues. As a suicide survivor it’s very exciting to see Something Beautiful continue to grow and to be able to continue to raise even more awareness.

I used to be so desperate to die and not cause any more pain to everyone around me.  My last suicide attempt was horrific and I was discharged from the hospital with deep cuts in both my wrists.  At first, I was so ashamed and embarrassed of these deep healing cuts in my wrists. I knew when people saw them, they would immediately know what happened.  After some time, I finally realized that these scars are beautiful and a reminder that I survived.

I decided to call the organization Something Beautiful because I fully believe so much beauty can come from so much pain.  I want people to see it’s okay to struggle with mental health issues and that there is hope.

Thank you for your support as we attempt to reach as many people as we can.

Julie Baird

Photo by Cody Gray