Austin's "Hi, How Are You Day?"
A worldwide holiday of caring and open conversation around mental health issues
We engaged Mayor Steve Adler with our vision of making a difference in the Austin community and around the world regarding mental health issues. He was so inspired that he proclaimed January 22, 2018 (Daniel Johnston's birthday) "Hi How Are You Day" in Austin, TX. We invited friends, family, co-workers and loved ones all over the world to simply check in on one another by asking "Hi, how are you?" --- something that is said a lot, but this time, we wanted people to really ask the question. "How are you really doing today? Are you okay?" Just by listening, being curious, standing in compassion and empathy, anyone can be the catalyst in changing a person's life.
The Day was recognized by media around the world including Spin Magazine, NPR, Vice and all local Austin media.
Hi How Are You Event
A Celebration of Music, Art and Mental Wellness
Hi How Are You Foundation in partnership with SIMS Foundation, City of Austin Music & Entertainment Division, and Mohawk, presented a night of music and art celebrating mental wellness on Monday, January 22 at Mohawk, located at 912 Red River St., Austin, Texas, 78701. The line-up included Moving Panoramas (featuring Laurie Gallardo), Kathy McCarty, Cowboy Diplomacy, Jane Ellen Bryant, Will Courtney, Josh T. Pearson & Jonathan Terrell with Leslie Sisson, and special guests. The musicians performed select songs written by Daniel Johnston, as well as their own music. The event started at 6:30 p.m. with a VIP art sale and cocktail hour with bites by Frank, and featured works by artists Daniel Johnston, David Thornberry, Jason Archer, Miguel Rangel, Michael Sieben and Matthew Rodriguez.
Hi How Are You Foundation donated half of the events' proceeds to SIMS Foundation. SIMS Foundationprovides mental health and addiction recovery services to Austin musicians, music industry professionals, and their family members.
Encouraging people to openly share their mental health issues
Project Match Shep 139
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year olds globally.
On October 19, 2015, Shepherd Mantia took his own life. He was 17 years old. Shepherd was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Despite his family's efforts, Shepherd could not be reached in time. One year later, his family received a check for $139.00 from the IRS. It was a posthumous tax refund for Shepherd. His family donated this check to the Hi How Are You Foundation because they believe in the Foundation's mission to spread awareness and remove the stigma around mental health issues.
Our hope is that, from this day forward, those who deal with mental health issues won't feel shame or hopelessness. Your donation to the Hi How Are You Project goes towards the creation of media, projects and events that advance this very important conversation as well as funding research to improve diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues.
In memory of Shepherd Mantia, we started the "Match Shep 139" fundraising campaign, #matchshep139. We were seeking 1,000 people to donate $139 and to enlist one other friend, family member, or co-worker to do the same.