“1 in 5 people will experience mental illness. But 5 in 5 have mental health.”
Mental illness is a definite reality. More and more people of all ages are reaching out to eradicate the stigma that surrounds mental illness. Still there are those who suffer under the hand of their struggle and feel unable to share their story with anyone, for fear of being judged.
Enter the incredibly inspiring movement that is Wear Your Label.
Aiming to end the stigma surrounding all types of mental illness, Wear Your Label provides bracelets and clothing proclaiming the wearer’s solidarity with those who suffer from mental illness.
“Wear Your Label is a conscious clothing line with the goal to create conversations around mental health and ultimately end the stigma (in style).”
The pieces created by the label is created with care by someone who might be fighting the same battle as you do. Each piece is designed to make you feel connected, and empowered to share your story.
Our stories are what make us, us. And to be okay with your story is to give yourself the power to help others through struggles. Just like the founders of Wear Your Label are doing.
Kyle MacNevin and Kayley Reed are both living with mental illness. Kyle lives with Generalised Anxiety Disorder and Kayley is recovering from Anorexia Nervosa. Still, as they would say, these are just labels.
“Our struggles with mental illness, and our experience working with mental health organizations, are what inspired us to start the brand.”
Wear You Label may still be in its infancy, but is already reaching great heights. To date, the brand has given back over $4000 to various needy organisations and individuals.
The brand is opening a door to a whole new way of thinking about and discussing mental health. It stands for loving yourself and everyone around you; for respecting each person that you encounter and their own unique story – the story that they wear. Now maybe even as part of their outfit.
Support this innovated and inspiring movement for the eradication of all stigma surrounding an issue almost everyone deals with in some way, by visiting their website at wearyourlabel.com.
I am Corlene and I am "sad but rad."