I think everyone experiences depression a little differently. But we forget sometimes that there are people who can understand the feelings you have and what you’re going through because they’ve gone through it as well. I often get so lost in my own thoughts and emotions that I forget to reach out to professionals or just other people that have felt something similar. Back in early October of 2019, I was emitted into a hospital after a failed suicide attempt. It was there that I realized that I wasn’t alone at all, I was surrounded by people who could explain and understand the things I was going through. I can’t tell you how much of a relief that was knowing that others could understand my pain and wouldn’t judge me for it. What I thought was going to be a terrible time, ended up being one of the best experiences of my life. I know that not all hospitals are the same and that not everyone who gets emitted into one has a good experience. I believe, however, you can have that same good experience through other means. Going to group therapy sessions near you, or finding friends that can relate and help lift you up will make a world of a difference.
That is one of the reasons I wanted to center this clothing brand around mental illness. We want to start a community of people who can relate to one another. A community that helps lift each other up instead of tearing one another down because even in our darkest moments, we can still be kind to each other. The goal is to create clothing and art through words and illustrations that can relate to, teach and empower people for good. None of the three of us working on this brand are licensed psychiatrists or professionals in any way dealing with mental illness. But we want to share insights from our experiences and direct you to studies that can impact and help change your perspective from intrusive depressing thoughts to healthier and brighter thoughts.
It is strange to say, but a place I get inspiration from is hobos. The 1930s hobos were men and women moving from one place to another looking for work and any way to survive. They found comfort in solace in each other's hardships, they were able to band together and create entire communities! In these communities all were welcome, there was no judgment, and they took care of each other, it was a place for people who were just doing their best in this life. Hopefully, we can revive this mindset among people and be like hobos, working hard and honest, as well as spreading good vibes.