Shav'n Sav'n

By Jessie Stanners

16 Year old Jessie….

 

She sits in front of her bedroom mirror in disgust…. She couldn’t get her hair to look like she wanted it to…. She cried…she got angry….she hacked at her shoulder length hair with a pair of paper scissors with not a care that they could slip and cut her throat in the process…..

 

Her mother heard the destruction behind closed doors….it was nothing new to hear 16 year old Jessie having a shit-fit fuelled by anxiety and self loathing that her visible appearance was not up to the standards of the world….

 

Mother removed the scissors from tightly gripped and slightly sweaty palms and replaced them with a hug, and pursued to get dad’s clippers and give Jessie the full “Britney treatment” as she stared blankly into the mirror…blank. Blank but broken and full of regret of what her mind had just let her do without even a second thought.

 

28 year old Jessie.

She sits in front her bedroom mirror….smiling….. her hair never sits the way she quite wants it to… but she doesn’t give a fuck.

 

Big grown up Jessie isn’t so worried by the standards the world holds, and is just glad to be passed the days, weeks, years where her thoughts and actions were fuelled by worry, anxiety and emptiness are long gone…kind of..

 

Big adult Jessie is going to sit in front of the bedroom mirror…. And she is going to shave her little noggin…and she is going to smile brighter than ever before.

 

She is going to smile that she is strong, proud, beautiful and powerful.

 

She’s going to smile because she is going to raise a million dollars (maybe a few thousand will do, but ya know, we gotta aim high!) to go to people similar to 16 year old Jessie… the people who’s minds are in what feels like constant battle with their hearts.

 

 She wants the world to know that talking openly and honestly about mental health is not attention seeking….. if you need attention,seek it from every source possible to get you the help you need and deserve…. It is nothing but brave to be able to stand strong and to live and tell stories of hope and survival to the people who need it.

 

THANK YOU to the Mental Health Foundation New Zealand for all you do for the well being of our beautiful country and its beautiful people.

 

LETS SHAVE N SAVE SOME LIVES!

Thank you to my Supporters

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Brenda Stanners

Xo

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Jane Coleman

What a great ambassador for a worthy cause! Go Jess

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Cm

Good on you Jessie - awesome cause!

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Wiggy And Gobs

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Gareth Turner

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Su Macann

From the short dark haired chick with glasses who works for ASL. I never cried in front of a mirror, because I didn't realise society has standards that I couldn't meet. I'm Autistic, my problems are different... but I have a mental disability, all the same. And I appreciate your support :)

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Jill

You go Jessie, we’re behind you all the way! 🤗 keep those happy smiles coming.

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Rachael Roberts

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Angela Lawrence

Love your work Jessie. You are a brave, strong, beautiful woman! Xx

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Nick Johnson

😊

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Lucinda Galbraith

👊🏻🤗❤️

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Jim Banks

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Ruby Mana

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West Coast Mom

So glad you made the decision to stay - love ya 💗

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Marc

Just raised some money for mental health myself so may as well keep it going, hope this helps!!

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Matthew Brown

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Joelene Dormon

Awesome thing to do for a really important cause!

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Kacy Stanners

A dollar for every year I've known your beautiful face. Can not wait to buzz ya Ma Bitch!

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Jakub

Thumbs up! :)

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Jackie Fergus

Woo! Good on you Jessie x

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Leah

Woohoo! You go girl!

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Sue Roberts

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Karyn Corby

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Jeremy Moore

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Tim Goodwin

You have a very proud and wonderful sister who made me aware of your cause. I remember you fondly from your time working at Pomeroy's and wish you every success in your efforts. It is a great cause you are championing. You're the best Jess. Best wishes. Tim

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Emma Croft

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Denise Duane

A very worthy cause Jessie . Well done on your bravery

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Barrie Clark

Excellent cause, good work Jessie!

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Mel Armstrong

Amazing Jessie ! - such a worthwhile cause

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Ernie Hayes

Good on ya Jess!

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Anonymous

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Sam Potaka

Saw this through Kacy and even though I dont know you Im fucking glad you're here. Nga Mihi

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Julie O'brien

Go guuurl!! Such an inspiration 💪

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Franziska

You're an inspiration woman !

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Anonymous

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Sara Mccunnie

Your sister is so proud of you. And we are proud of her. Kia kaha.

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Caro Hill From Lb

Good luck

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Anonymous

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Gerald Reinders

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Emma Musson

Go jessie ! you wonderful human xoxo

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Ana Tamehana

Everything happens for a reason and I’m glad it happened to strong people like us xoxox

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Auntie Janeen

Love alway Jessie Dew Drop