I’m sure there will be four sides to the story of the company ‘Bando,’ which is now producing a Mental Health Jewellery line. On one side, you’ll have those who think that the proprietor is exploiting disorders to make a dollar. On side two, you’ll have those who think that the Jewellery being out in the open for people to see will break down the stigma of mental health issues and create a conversation. On side three, you’ll have those that think i theory it’s a great idea but doesn’t think labeling yourself helps you battle your mental health issues. And then there’s the fourth wall, where people will wear their jewelry just to be seen with it on even though they don’t battle the specific disorder they are representing as if mental health was a popular fad.
People love to argue and I’m sure we’ll hear it when it comes across our Facebook page, but for now, we’ll just report you the story as is with no bells and whistles.
Jen Gotch, founder and chief creative officer of ban.do, a lifestyle and fashion brand based in LA, has created 14k yellow gold necklaces that read “anxiety” and “depression.”
“I have struggled with mental health issues for most of my life, and I know how challenging it can be both personally and professionally,” she writes on her website.
“It’s so important for us to open up a dialogue about how we are feeling and get to a place where we are comfortable asking for and receiving help.”
Jen hopes her creations can help people by becoming a conversation starter which will eventually help other people open up as they view the person in front of them as someone going through the same thing as them.
And like the point we brought up before about cashing in on mental health, Gotch is a true mental health warrior and donates 100 percent of her proceeds to the non-profit organization Bring Change to Mind, which is dedicated to changing the way mental illness is perceived.
Currently, these necklaces are sold out, but when they are back in stalk you’ll be able to purchase one at bando.com
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If you or a loved one you know is having any mental health struggles, please do get the help you need. If you need to talk to someone now, you can talk to one of the many fantastic therapists at Better Help by CLICKING HERE.
This post was created with the help of Grammarly.