The Band Back Together Project is a group weblog and nonprofit organization that provides educational resources as well as a safe, moderated, supportive environment to share stories of survival. Through the power of real stories written by real people, we can work together to destigmatize mental illness, abuse, rape, baby loss and other traumas so that we may learn, grow, and heal.
All are welcome.
The Band's Debut:
The Band Back Together Project is the brainchild of Aunt Becky from Mommy Wants Vodka.
After Amelia, Aunt Becky's third child, was born was a rare birth defect called an encephalocele, she realized that the blog world was missing what she, on Mommy Wants Vodka, already had. A space to put our stories of survival together. To find comfort and solace knowing that we were not alone. We are none of us alone.
We needed a group blog that we could share our struggles, our stories of survival and our triumphs.
A place to Get The Band Back Together.
The Band was launched mid-September 2010 to much fanfare and acclaim - no small feat in the blog world - receiving thousands of stories and registered users. Aunt Becky had been right: the Internet needed a space to Band Back Together.
The beautiful part of the stories submitted to the site is that they cross so many lines: a post about loss can also mention depression, addiction and abuse. A post about love may mention heartache and divorce.
On Band Back Together, there are no lines.
ALL are welcome.
In February 2011, Band Back Together was awarded one of the internet's most prestigious awards: a Bloggie. The Bloggie affirmed what we, The Band, already knew: we were survivors and we were proud.
The Band Back Together Project is a federally recognized nonprofit organization in the U.S. The Band is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
Plans For The Next Tour:
While World Domination isn't out of the question, the future of Band Back Together will be to tirelessly continue providing hope and support to those who need it, praises and atta-boys for those in the thick of it and resources and education for those who need to know where to turn next.
Band Back Together will continue to seek out the resources that our readers rely on to help them find comfort and answers in their time of need. We will continue to break down the stigmas found among other things not openly discussed.
On Band Back Together, we put a face to things not normally discussed. We are the face of depression. We are the face of baby loss. We are the face of mental illness. We are the face of abuse. We are the face of rape. We are the face of SURVIVORS and we are proud to be here. We wear our scars proudly, like battle wounds because everything we've survived has made us who we are today: better, stronger, and smarter.
It's time to pull our skeletons out of the closet and make them dance the tango.
We will no longer let our secrets fester inside.
We will no longer live in the dark.
We are The Band.