the 1 in 5 sweater
1 in 5 Canadians will experience mental illness in their lifetime, but 5 in 5 Canadians have mental health.
The 1 IN 5 Sweater is created to raise awareness on the realities of mental illness and to end the stigma surrounding mental health. Proceeds from all sales will be put towards the soon-to-launch Living With Foundation.
• 8.0 oz., 50/50 cotton/polyester
• Classic fit (model wearing the 3X, normally wears a M)
• Reduced pilling and softer air-jet spun yarn
• 1x1 athletic rib knit collar, cuffs and waistband, with spandex
• Double-needle stitched collar, shoulders, armholes, cuffs and waistband
life in the 1 in 5
View this post on Instagram
Did you know #1in5 people in Canada are affected by mental illness at some point in their lives? . This sweater by @inasequoia is designed to help raise awareness on the realities of mental illness and to end the stigma surrounding mental health . In my early 20's, I lived in NYC. Don't get me wrong, I had some of the most incredible experiences of life during this time. At the same time, however, something was off with me. To this day it's really difficult to pin point what it was. . Physically - I was tired all the time. I would nap any chance I could. I would sleep in until 1pm the next day if I had nowhere to be. Many days I also felt incredibly anxious. . Emotionally - I felt like I didn't have any emotions to be honest. Here I was, living in one of the most electric cities in the world, and yet most days I felt nothing. No joy, no sadness, nothing. Experience taught me how to respond appropriately in social situations, so I became pretty good at hiding these feelings - or lack thereof. . I saw a doctor about this, proud to take ownership of my health. Thanks to not having healthcare, I was greeted by a man who spoke to me for all of 10 minutes, ran some blood tests and prescribed me anit-depressants. 6 weeks later, I received a bill for 600.00 from the lab that reviewed my bloodwork. Despite the painful bill, at least everything seemed fine with the blood test results. . After confiding in someone for the first time, and having such a dismissive (and expensive) experience, I took the pills and and just continued my life. They made me feel more numb. Was this really the answer? I wondered for nearly two years. . When the conversation of mental health comes up, I am often brought back to that time. What happened? I'll never really know. What I do know, is that I wish I'd had the confidence to speak up to others instead of feeling like I had no support. . I felt I had no one to confide in, because no one else was really talking about this type of thing around me. Megan’s new podcast is an important action in the effort to continue to normalize this conversation. During our chat I talk about what actions I try to take today to stay aligned. Link in bio.