Just when you think that you could love Supernatural star Jared Padalecki even more, the actor-turned-mental health activist launches yet another Always Keep Fighting fundraiser with an emotional and candid video celebrating the campaign’s first year anniversary with its most powerful message yet.
The video was broadcast live via his Facebook page on Thursday, and after he wished his dog Sadie a happy 13th birthday, and adorably using ‘y’all’ a lot, Padalecki, a native Texan, candidly spoke about what his campaign—which combats the stigma of depression, self-harm and addiction as well as raises money for various charities through limited tee-shirt sales—has meant to him. "I feel so loved and so supported from everybody out there. A year ago today we launched the first Always Keep Fighting campaign, and it kind of my socks off. A lot of us couldn’t believe just how awesome it went. It’s just been really special,” he said.
The new fundraiser sells a specifically designed apparel bearing the slogan: Love Yourself First.
“I've had my lowest low of my 33 year and some odd month life in the last 12 months but I've also had the highest high. I've done a lot of introspection with family, friends and professionals. One of the things I’ve learned about fighting…It doesn't matter if you're alone or around a million people. It doesn't matter if you lost your job or got your dream job. It doesn't matter if you're in a relationship with your special somebody or still looking for that person, no matter the situation if you don't love yourself, it becomes really difficult to always keep fighting," he explains.
The shirt is a reminder for Padalecki and to fans to do the same. As always, you can buy a shirt through the Always Keep Fighting website through March 21.
In March 2015, the Always Keep Fighting campaign is a movement he started in hopes to de-stigmatize mental illness, addiction and self-harm. Padalecki does so through raising money, and speaking candidly about his own battle with depression. Proceeds go to a PACK Fund benefiting various charities, including the The SPNFamily Crisis Support Network.
In the past, Padalecki has championed To Write Love On Her Arms, which helps people fighting depression and self-harm.
Supernatural returns with new episodes on March 22 on The CW.
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