Why I Created the 1 IN 5 Sweater
I've been struggling with my depression lately.
I don't know if it's just chemical, or if it's from the stress of having recently started a business (it is terrifying after all). It's getting harder to wake up in the mornings and start my day. Getting dressed takes effort.
It's not as bad as it's been - not even close. But it's a reminder that it's there. Constantly. And I'm one of the lucky ones.
1 in 5 Canadians will struggle with mental illness. I am 1 in 5. But the four other people in my life who don't live with mental illness still feel the impact. They are touched by mine.
1 in 5 will struggle with mental illness, but 5 in 5 have mental health. We all need to do a better job at caring for our mental well being, and the well being of those around us.
1 in 5 will struggle with mental illness, but we don't really talk about it. We continue to hide mental illness in the dark. We don't fully understand it, nor do we want to.
I created the 1 IN 5 Sweater to change this. To amplify the conversation. To put the reality of mental illness in people's faces.
I also want to use a part of the sales to start a new-ish foundation. Some of you may remember the Vibrant Lives Foundation? It will be getting a whole new name, a new look, and a new energy. It might take me some time, but it will be worth the wait.
Get your 1 IN 5 Sweater and join me in ending the stigma.