Ashley Sargeant, founder of Don’t Stop Sargeant, has released a new music video for anyone struggling with mental illness. Sargeant, through her website, has created a network of support for early-returning missionaries and those fighting mental illness. After nine months serving as missionary in Brasilia, her own mental health challenges left her unable to complete her mission. She now seeks to provide resources for others. Her first music video, especially for early-returning missionaries, has over 30,000 views and has been shared around the world.
The new music video, which can be viewed above, features Sargeant and her brother John sharing empowering messages while the song “Hold on Tight” by Greg Holden plays in the background.
Sargeant explained the video on her website:
Last night I saw the new “Cinderella” movie (for the seventh time) with my Dad in celebration of the six month anniversary of Don’t Stop Sargeant. Knowing that this new music video would be launched today, this quote from Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother at the very end of the movie definitely hit home: “This is perhaps the greatest risk any of us will ever take: to be seen as we truly are.” When I heard this statement again for the seventh time I suddenly understood it in a whole new way. It made me think of something I read in Brene Brown’s powerful book called “Daring Greatly”:
“When we spend our lives waiting until we’re perfect or bulletproof before we walk into the arena, we ultimately sacrifice relationships and opportunities that may not be recoverable, we squander our precious time, and we turn our backs on our gifts, those unique contributions that only we can make… Rather than sitting on the sidelines and hurling judgment and advice, we must dare to show up and let ourselves be seen. This is vulnerability. This is daring greatly.”
“HOLD ON TIGHT: The Secret to Thriving on the Roller Coaster of Mental Illness” is perhaps the “greatest risk” my brother John and I have ever taken — “to be seen as we truly are.” It’s not easy to put ourselves, our illnesses, and our message out there. Vulnerability requires courage, and this project has required a lot of that from both of us. We want the world to know that it is possible to thrive with mental illness.
How do you hold on tight in the face of mental illness? Do you struggle with mental illnesses and want some support. Check out the Church’s official page of resources.
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.