Challenge the Storm


Challenge the Storm is an idea, a mission. Mental illness is no joke, and we strive every day to motivate, inspire, and provide the tools to not only overcome your own struggles, but to support others in their journeys as well. We believe that we all have the power to change one life – and in the process – we’ll change the world.


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WHAT WE DO


Two-thirds of people who suffer with mental illness will never seek treatment. Learn the signs, help yourself, help others. At Challenge the Storm, we provide tools and education to do just that.

  • HELP YOURSELF
  • HELP OTHERS
  • BECOME BETTER EDUCATED

THE POEM THAT INSPIRED IT ALL


A swift breeze grazes my cheek
Ominously forewarning of the imminent storm
In the distance, a stark wind howls
Unrelenting rainfall so dense it canvasses the horizon
So persistent it dims the distant sun behind a gray haze;
Steadily marching ever closer

A sudden gust of wind, unexpected, robs me of my breath
I reach for my chest to save what little air remains,
But it escapes my grasp
I race for shelter as the storm gallops forward,
mercilessly swallowing everything in its path
But then, a Voice rings out,
with a seemingly impossible request:
“Be still. Do not fear the storm.”

Still breathless, I halt, trustingly obliging
With the shelter in reach, I obey, holding steadfast
“Do not fear.” resounds the Voice. “Challenge the storm”
The storm so close I can taste the salty danger
My obedience is tested with each crashing droplet

I stand firm, challenging the storm
Surrounded by darkness, the clouds black out the summer sky
“Do not fear,” I am reminded. I wait.
Resilient, my fearless conviction illuminates the darkened sky
Now here I stand, triumphant, having victoriously challenged the storm

The Voice returns, now with a deep, lasting echo
“Success is not found in the outcome.
Success was achieved the moment you accepted the challenge.”
Remember: always Challenge the Storm

WHAT WE DO


Two-thirds of people who suffer with mental illness will never seek treatment. Learn the signs, help yourself, help others. At Challenge the Storm, we provide tools and education to do just that.

  • HELP YOURSELF
  • HELP OTHERS
  • BECOME BETTER EDUCATED

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