The fashion industry hasn’t always been the kindest towards mental illness. On one hand, clothing can drastically change your mood and make you feel better about yourself. But on the flipside, the pressure to look good and keep up with what’s cool can also be overwhelmingly exhausting. And when we see influencers, celebrities, and sometimes even our own friends never repeat the same outfit on social media, it’s hard not to feel bad or think negatively about our self-image. Throw in trying to #adult properly, date, get that promotion and juggle your social life all at the same time, and it’s a wonder if any one of us can keep our heads on straight.
And if you feel that way, the good thing is you’re not alone. Mental health has been something that’s been pushed to the forefront of late, thanks to many Gen Zers and Millenials seeing the importance of being open with their issues, and candidly sharing their experiences online. Thanks to this cultural shift, many are attempting to de-stigmatize mental health issues by talking about them openly, with some advocates taking the next step by creating brands that support mental health awareness.
These purpose driven companies aim to help by creating products that help to normalize it. Suffering from a mental health episode can be isolating, and these brands are trying to do their part to in showing that you’re not alone, and in turn, build a community through their customer base.
If these are issues that you hold dear to your heart, here are eight brands where you can support. Many of them also contribute proceeds to mental health organizations of their choice so scroll through to see how you can shop with a cause.
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Additional Reporting: Nicholas Chan
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