Friday, May 22, 2015

Thrift Finds & Going Green for Mental Health Awareness

A few weeks ago, I attended a thrift sale held by the Goodwill here, in London, Ontario. After arriving at the location, I was slightly unimpressed by their selection. However, a sale attendant eagerly showed me three casual pants that still had their original price tags, with prices that ranged between $280 to $500. After trying them all on, I realized that they were either two big, two small or too long for me. Despite that I decided to take one that was too long for me, because given the price, it was a steal to pay for, especially for a good linen pants. I mean the length was nothing that couldn’t be altered later. So last Sunday, with my new pants altered, I decided to rock full green in honour of mental health awareness.

Riani Linen Pants from Goodwill -  *$8 CAD with an original price tag of $375 (smh)
Jacob top (also thrifted) from Talize - *$5.99 CAD
*taxes not included
Minicci Bag from Payless - price I can't recall
George Black Wedges (also thrifted) from Talize - price I can't recall
Smile ツ - Priceless

 Green for Mental Health Awareness

Across the world, in places like the United States, the United Kingdom and even here in Canada, the Month of May is symbolic with promoting Mental Health Awareness. In addition, the colour green has been selected as the awareness colour. Whilst the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI US) marks the entire month as Mental Health Month, the UK celebrated their mental health awareness week between May 11 and 17, while Canada marked their week from May 4 to 10. It is important to note “mental well-being is bigger than the presence or absence of a mental illness” (1).  It also entails an individual's ability to enjoy life and create a balance between life events and overcoming challenges.

In America, it’s believed that 1 in 5 adults will have a diagnosable mental health condition within any given year, and 50% of all “will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition sometime in their life” (2). With that said, it is sad to know that persons, who suffer from mental health issues, still have to face significant stigma and discrimination.
Early detention is key 
Like any other illness, such as diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure and more, mental health illness is better treated in it’s early stages. As a result, I implore you all to recognize the symptoms and if you identify any in yourself, please remember that it is okay to ask for and seek help. Please also note that mental health illnesses can be managed and “people can and do recover and reclaim their lives” (3). 

Please bear in mind the different stages of mental health illnesses: 

Mental Health Resources

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (US)
1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or Chat Online

1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)

Samaritans at 08457 909090 (UK) or 1850 609090 (ROI)

(876) 928-1380-7

I encourage you to join me and #GoGreen for Mental Health Awareness. 
Have you taken part in any Mental Health Campaigns this month?
What do think about my linen pants, do you agree that it was a deal?
Let me know in the comments below.

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{Goodwill image was source HERE}

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