“Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.” – Mother Teresa
ERIN STARTED A FOUNDATION, “FROM PAIN TO PROMISE,” TO EMPOWER AND HELP GIRLS, YOUNG WOMEN, SINGLE MOMS & WOMEN IN NEED.
IN THE UNITED STATES, SUICIDE IS THE SECOND LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH AMONG PEOPLE AGED 15-34 YEARS. AMONG YOUNG ADULTS AGED 18-25 YEARS, 8.3 PERCENT HAVE HAD SERIOUS THOUGHTS OF SUICIDE.
MANY OF US THINK OF COLLEGE AS A WONDROUS TIME OF NEW EXPERIENCES AND GREAT FREEDOM TO EXPLORE NEW IDEAS AND FIND ONE’S TRUE SELF.
IN RECENT YEARS, HOWEVER, DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY HAVE AFFLICTED COLLEGE STUDENTS AT ALARMING RATES. AS NOTED IN THE LATEST CENTER FOR COLLEGIATE MENTAL HEALTH REPORT, ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION ARE THE TOP REASONS THAT COLLEGE STUDENTS SEEK COUNSELING.
RESEARCH SHOWS THAT NEARLY 1 IN 5 UNIVERSITY STUDENTS ARE AFFECTED WITH ANXIETY OR DEPRESSION.
OFTEN, A BREAKUP WILL PRECIPITATE A BOUT OF DEPRESSIVE FEELINGS. RISKS OF DEPRESSION RELATED TO A BREAKUP INCLUDE INTRUSIVE THOUGHTS, DIFFICULTY CONTROLLING THOSE THOUGHTS, AND TROUBLE SLEEPING. AS MANY AS 43 PERCENT OF STUDENTS EXPERIENCE INSOMNIA IN THE MONTHS FOLLOWING A BREAKUP. STUDENTS ARE LIKELY TO BECOME DISTRESSED AFTER A BREAKUP, THEY CAN EXPERIENCE FEELINGS OF NEGLECT AND INSECURITIES. SOME ARE LEFT FEELING BETRAYED,AND UNPREPARED FOR THE BREAKUP.
THE PRESSURES OF SOCIAL MEDIA AND NOT FEELING ENOUGH CAN OFTEN LEAD TO EATING DISORDERS, CUTTING, SELF HARM & UNFORTUNATELY MORE SELF HATRED.
STUDENTS THEMSELVES ARE OFTEN RELUCTANT TO SEEK HELP DUE TO SOCIAL STIGMAS.
COLLEGE IS A STRESSFUL ENVIRONMENT FOR MOST YOUNG PEOPLE, THEREFORE IT’S ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT FOR PARENTS, FRIENDS, FACULTY, AND COUNSELORS TO GET INVOLVED AND TO SPEAK WORTH INTO EACH AND EVERY STUDENT.
BELOW IS A LINK TO AN ENLIGHTENING ARTICLE ABOUT WHAT OUR COLLEGE STUDENTS ARE GOING THROUGH.
STATISTICS ABOUT SINGLE MOTHERS: INFORMATION RECEIVED FROM HARVEST HOUSE PUBLISHING
DID YOU KNOW THAT THERE ARE 15 MILLION SINGLE MOTHERS IN THE UNITED STATES, RAISING APPROXIMATELY 25 MILLION CHILDREN?
DID YOU KNOW THAT THEY OFTEN FALL PREY TO STAGGERING STATISTICS AND A SENSE OF EXHAUSTION AND OVERWHELM THAT ONLY A SINGLE MOTHER COULD KNOW?
DID YOU KNOW THAT THERE IS NOT ONE SINGLE MOTHER IN MAINSTREAM COUNTRY OR THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY WHO IS A SINGER/SPEAKER AND ADVOCATE FOR SINGLE MOTHERS?
I grew up singing in church from the age of four. Since then, I have sung all over the world, and I’ve watched in awe at how music bonds people in such a profound way.
It is rare if a day goes by where I am not emailed or messaged by a young girl, single mother, single woman who is pain: messages of crippling fear, depression, loneliness, and anxiety; messages from those who are cutting themselves, someone struggling with suicidal thoughts, body and eating disorders, addictions; heartbreaking stories of abuse, abandonment, overwhelming pain and unfortunately so much more. These beautiful souls are searching for another woman who has a story like theirs. They want to feel seen, and not alone. Through my story, these women, of all ages, are bonding with us in a profound way. We receive emails from women of all walks of life saying that, because of the songs or message, they feel loved and they are finding their worth. Because of these women and their stories, I am beyond committed to touring as many colleges, towns, cities, states and countries as possible. I feel that we are called to use our stories, our songs, our hearts to show that we can go “From Pain To Promise.”
We believe that going out directly to the people is the most effective way to love and serve them. It is my goal that everyone who comes to our shows knows that they are chosen, loved and more than enough. To walk away knowing how incredible they are and how bright the future is for them. We want to team up with local companies to help as many women as we can. We also want to come out and help women who are working hard to take care of themselves and others, but are in desperate need of the essentials (groceries, gas, bills, health and dental, and much more.)