I met Zachary Reinstatler through Twitter through a shared interest in mental health. Zach is a non-traditional undergraduate student with dreams of becoming a psychologist and his own lived experience with mental health, trauma, and physical disabilities.
Zach and I have talked a lot. He has been so supportive with some of the things I have had to deal with this year, and he is driven and passionate about helping others. The field will be lucky to have him as a psychologist.
Zach has had to distance himself from support sources due to abuse, and he is not able to work full-time while in school due to his disabilities. He has had to rely on crowdfunding to support himself while in school, cover housing, buy groceries, and pay tuition, and for safety reasons, he has to keep his social media private, limiting the reach of his fundraising efforts.
This month, Zach was hit with an urgent bill to stay enrolled in school and prevent homelessness. He needs to raise $9,000 to pay the balance, with about half of that due now. He has applied for and received some emergency aid but still needs to raise more than $4,000 to pay off the balance.
My friend and It’s About to Get Real Unprofessional co-author, Dr. Katelyn, reached out to me last week with a wonderful idea. We should donate all IATGRU royalties for the month of December to Zach. All proceeds from sales until the end of the year will go directly to Zach. (Of course, we spoke with Zach and got his permission before writing this post!)
To break it down, every hard copy sale through Amazon equals $4 total in royalties. Every printable sold on Etsy equals $5 in royalties. So help us sell 1000 copies and pay off Zach’s bill! (Please remember this coloring book is not suitable for children.)
If you already have your copy, IATGRU is a great gift for therapists. Always check with your therapist before buying them a gift to make sure they are allowed to accept it! But your therapist friends will appreciate the stress relief.
If you are unable to help directly, please consider sharing Zach’s story with your networks.