I strongly believe in raising awareness of mental health and the need to increase resources for those who are struggling, so I’m incredibly proud and honoured to be working with Culture Label* to help promote their latest charity campaign.
They’re working with street artist David Shillinglaw on a range of t-shirts, with a new design released every month this year, culminating in an art exhibition. Working in association with Mind, these unique designs will raise money and awareness for the one in four people who live with a mental health problem.
Buy the Piece of Mind t-shirt here
David Shillinglaw is an internationally respected and acclaimed artist, who uses his art to map his own complex thought processes. His art reveals insight into his mental processes and his drive to make sense of them. David wants to inspire others with his work and use it as a means to initiate discussion about important, but often avoided, topics.
“The work for this series is inspired by the struggle to find balance and the quest for happiness. This is an issue I feel affects all of us every day as we attempt to create a peaceful and organised mind. It seems natural at this point to apply aspects of my practice to illustrating and raising awareness of both problems and solutions associated with mental health awareness. Art has the power to create a space to ask questions without necessarily demanding answers. I am excited at the prospect of my artwork being associated with Mind and the work they are doing to support people with mental health problems” – David Shillinglaw, Artist
The t-shirt line is called Open Up and hopefully it will encourage more people to do just that.
It’s Okay to Not Be Okay is the crux of their campaign and I think it’s a great message to share. Just last night I took part in a Twitter chat where we were asked to share something that we love about ourselves. Two bloggers admitted that they’re struggling to answer the question because they’re having a bad mental health day but were still able to come up with a positive statement. I think it’s reassuring that they felt safe and comfortable admitting to their peers that they were struggling and I hope that this is something that continues to be part of everyday conversations.
That’s what’s so awesome about Culture Label’s campaign; it encourages people to talk. There’s nothing like a quirky t-shirt to start up a conversation and I think that wearing something like this also indicates that you are someone people could feel comfortable talking to.
Buy the Beats Matter t-shirt here
The t-shirts are 100% organic cotton and climate neutral – manufactured solely using renewable green energy from wind and solar power. With every purchase, 20% of profits will be donated to Mind, helping them to continue their vital work.
Mind Infoline, available on 0300 123 3393 (lines open 9am – 6pm, Monday – Friday)
*I was sent these t-shirts for promotional purposes but all thoughts are my own.