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IDONTMIND Promotes Honest Conversations Surrounding Mental Health

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As mental health issues become more and more prevalent in society, many brands dedicated to encouraging conversations and minimizing stigma have begun emerging, including IDONTMIND. Founded by actor Chris Wood and creative Edward Schmit, IDONTMIND is a lifestyle brand that encourages people to talk about mental health issues instead of shying away from the struggles that many face every single day.

The brand’s hope is that wearing their designs will strike up open and honest discussions about mental health, giving everyone an opportunity to speak about what they’re going through.

Your Mind Matters

Hoping to fight stigma surrounding mental illness, IDONTMIND offers a myriad of t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and other accessories to get the conversations started. With trendy designs and comfortable materials, each product reminds customers that their minds matter and they shouldn’t be afraid to talk about their mental health.

The company not only sells stylish apparel, but they also provide their followers with important information about different mental illnesses. They also share resources for those in need, provide encouraging words and publish a journal with real life stories and tips for taking care of your mental health.

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Our #AskATherapist series gets answers to your questions about mental health from real therapists. Keep an eye out on our Instagram story and we’ll open up for questions again soon.⁣ ⁣ Today’s therapist is Aimee Falchuk (@aimeefalchuk). Here’s what she had to say to the question “Is it okay to feel empty sometimes?”⁣ –⁣ Yes. It is okay and common to feel empty sometimes.⁣ ⁣ I think it makes a lot of sense that so many of us can feel empty sometimes. First, we spend so much time trying to get people to like and accept us. We try so hard to be “good enough”. All that energy focused on other people at the expense of ourselves and what we truly want and need can leave us feeling empty.⁣ ⁣ I choose to understand that feeling of emptiness as a knock at the door. A knock trying to tell me that I am disconnected from something really important within me that wants to be out in the open. Oftentimes, it’s feelings that I think aren’t okay to be felt or expressed. If you feel empty, what aren’t you feeling?⁣ ⁣ I think that feeling of emptiness is part of the human experience. And while it can feel really bad or uncomfortable there is this opportunity to get to know it and to listen to what it has to say and what it wants. ⁣ ⁣ Next time you feel it maybe close your eyes and take a deep breath and ask, “what do you want to tell me?” And then just listen for the answer. Also, move your body. Feel your aliveness through movement. It is almost always that it will shift the energy in some way and open the door to some understanding about that feeling of emptiness.⁣ –⁣ If you’re in crisis or need someone to talk to, text IDM to 741741 to reach a trained Crisis Counselor at @crisistextline.⁣ ⁣ Content is for informational purposes only and is not meant to serve as medical advice or to replace consultation with your physician or mental health professional.

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Additionally, IDONTMIND hosts an “Ask A Therapist” series on Instagram, which provides followers with professional responses to their questions about mental health.

Mental Health America

When you shop at IDONTMIND, you’re doing more than just supporting a trendy brand. As an official program of the nonprofit organization Mental Health America, IDONTMIND sells goods and fights stigma. Since its conception in 2017, the IDONTMIND campaign has raised over $350,000 for mental health organizations across the US. Not to mention, 100% of the brand’s proceeds go towards supporting MHA’s cause.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, please call 1-800-273-8255 or text IDM to 741741. Be sure to follow IDONTMIND on Instagram for more resources.

Emily Lentz
Emily Lentz
Emily Lentz is a Los Angeles-based Features Editor, creating content and working towards providing an inclusive space for beauty professionals and consumers.