Two OG YouTubers Are Leading The Way In Mental Health Awareness

Two OG YouTubers Are Leading The Way In Mental Health Awareness

What was a platform for cat videos and vine compilations is becoming an outlet for mental health awareness.

For those of you who don't know who she is, Grav3yardgirl, better known as Bunny, is a YouTuber with over 8 MILLION subscribers. She is a bubbly, over-the-top, super sassy creator that makes videos ranging from makeup tutorials to the infamous series "Does This Thing Really Work?" where she tests "As Seen On TV" gadgets and doodads.

In 2014, she was the biggest sensation that YouTube had ever seen, and everyone seemed to love her. Surely things could only go up from there, right?

Wrong. Bunny started rapidly losing views. She used to acquire a mind-boggling number of views — tens of millions on a single video to be exact — but last year, her videos rarely received 500,000 views, some getting as low as 150,000 views.

The once super happy and authentic Bunny suddenly seemed to be different. She was making the same types of videos, seemingly being herself, but her followers from the beginning could tell something was off. As internet trends go, instead of sticking around and supporting her, many of her fans left — even some of the ones that were there from the very beginning of her channel in 2010.

It seemed that the end of Grav3yardgirl was in sight until one YouTuber stepped up to give her a second chance out of the goodness of his heart: Another OG YouTuber named Shane Dawson.

Shane Dawson began making YouTube videos in 2008, and also went through his fair share of hard times when people thought his humor went too far. Despite his ups and downs, he is back with one of the best channels on YouTube to date.

Shane's struggles didn't stop at his humor being received poorly, however. Things got a little better in 2015 when he finally came out as bisexual, but he also struggles with body dimorphic disorder. Bunny struggles with anxiety. The two recently did a collab about Bunny's "dying" channel, where many secrets the YouTube star had been hiding were revealed, such as the fact that she practically lives in a mansion and owns a Tesla!

Bunny explains in the first collab video that she has had a really tough time this past year, and she hasn't felt like herself lately. She says she feels like she let everyone down, and thought that other creators were thriving off of her failures.

Shane comments on the fact that since he arrived at her house an hour earlier, she has been so hard on herself, and he tells her that she needs to show more of the amazing person she truly is on her channel (more of the person he had just met and fallen in love with for her personality and quirks).

Due to intense anxiety about thinking people would see her differently if she showed them her extravagant house and belongings, she had been filming in the same room since she moved into her new home (a home that she was able to afford all on her own due to her hard work and successes). Viewers got to see pieces of her life that they had never even guessed were a reality, and they LOVED it.

Anxiety has a funny way of making you feel like the entire world is against you. It tells you that everyone you think loves you really doesn't and that everything you do is annoying, weird, creepy, awkward, and unwanted. It can make you hide silly things and feel like you aren't allowed to be proud of your accomplishments. It can take you from good days of sunshine and happiness right back down to the darkest depths of your fears and insecurities (and when that happens and makes you cry, definitely be sure to sop up your tears with a Beauty Blender).

Bunny is a kind soul who is struggling to love herself. She used to show the raw truth of living with anxiety in her videos, using YouTube as her personal kind of therapy, but eventually, she stopped because she didn't want people to think she was being a downer. She does have a second channel, called Banana Peppers, that she sometimes is more open on, but overall she had shut down.

Living with anxiety has its ups and downs, but after the Shane Dawson collab, Bunny is ready for "Grav3yardgirl 2.0" where she promises to ask for more help making and editing videos to learn how to get better, as well as be more honest about her life and her struggles.

As someone who also struggles with anxiety, watching all of this unfold has been so inspiring, and I know that for many others, her journey will be an example that no matter how bad things get, we can always come back from them if we're willing to try something new (as scary as it may be).

If you haven't heard of Bunny or Shane, I highly recommend looking them up. They are both such great souls, and they show us the realities of dealing with serious mental health problems, as well as encourage and teach everyone to love themselves anyway.

The time to focus on mental health is NOW, and influencers like this could be a huge driving force in showing us just how important this issue is.

Most of all, never forget to be yourself, because who you are is exactly who you were meant to be.

Cover Image Credit: Flickr/Wikipedia Commons

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

Cover Image Credit: Chicago Tribune

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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