This Hit TV Show's Actors Are Using Their Mega Fanbase to Do Some Good

Young people have a reputation for being all about selfies, but they’re clearly using technology for more than themselves. They’re also harnessing the power of social media to move the needle in a positive direction.

A group of actors from The CW’s hit show “The 100” have proven this since they came together to help spread the word about The 100 Charity Project, created by actor Devon Bostick and crew member Layne Morgan. Bostick told The Mighty the project’s initial goal was to simply get people to tweet “I’m in” to create a sense of togetherness amongst fans to show support for a different charity each month.

“Since then we’ve raised thousands in donations and hopefully inspired others to fight to better the future in the process,” Bostick said in an email. “The 100 Charity is about unity because we only have one earth and need to start acting like it.”

During offseason from the show, Morgan helped Bostick spearhead this month’s focus on Mental Health awareness. The most recent charity is for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).

“Mental illness was ultimately the reason my older sister took her own life several years ago, so it seemed like we couldn’t open up conversation about mental health without also addressing suicide and the lives that mental health struggles can take,” Morgan told The Mighty.

Anxiety and depression are the most common mental health conditions — affecting more than 60 million Americans each year, according to Mental Health America.

“Mental health is so important. People’s minds and hearts are what makes them people,” Morgan said. “That part of them has to be protected, saved and cared for just as much as their bodies.”

The cast and crew have drawn connections between the popularity of their sci-fi show and the popularity of awareness toward urgent, real-life issues.

“Dystopian films and novels, apocalyptic stories like ‘The 100’ are incredibly popular right now and that isn’t coming out of nothing,” Morgan said. “It’s coming from a reaction that society is having right now to the realization that we absolutely have to do something, fast.”

Through May 28, you can now buy a custom T-shirt, with all proceeds going to the AFSP. You can follow The 100 Charity’s next project on Twitter.

If you or someone you know needs help, please visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Head here for a list of crisis centers around the world.

Homepage image of “The 100” cast members — Pictured (L-R): Bob Morley as Bellamy, Marie Avgeropoulos as Octavia and Devon Bostick as Jasper — Photo: Katie Yu/The CW 2014 The CW Network, LLC. 

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