Monday, 3 August 2015

Offensive Mental Health Merch?!


I actually can't believe I am going to do this post. I had a nice, happy, normal post set out for today until I was brought to the attention by the Youtuber Sarah Hawkinson, who made a very alarming video about ' Mental health merch' You can watch that video HERE. I had no idea this was a thing and was utterly disgusted that it was. 

Offensive Mental Health Merch?!


Offensive Mental Health Merch?!

Shops and brands- well known or small, are selling clothing, makeup and other merchandise, glamourising mental health disorders, which can be seen in the photos above. I'm sorry but who in their right mind, would go around wearing a top that says ' eat less' or ' depression' when they probably know a minimum of one person who suffers or has suffered with some kind of mental health disorder in the past. Its utterly degrading and dam right disgusting to make fun of any mental health disorder. 

Not only is it offensive to the people who know someone who has suffered/ suffering from a mental health disorder but its mocking the people who do suffer from it or suffered. These people don't have a choice whether they suffer or not but I know certainly that anyone suffering would not go around wanting to parade the fact they suffer from such a debilitating mental struggle on a daily basis. You have choice not to buy and wear these clothes, so don't do it..

Its like walking around with a top making fun of cancer, you would not do it! No one is that sick or twisted. Its the same for mental health. But its seen okay by big brands to make these tops and merchandise because its ' cool' or ' tumblr' inspired, but that gives no one an excuse to wear such a rude and offensive top. For the likes of makeup brands like Obsessive, compulsive cosmetics, I understand its a play on words and isn't suppose to be malicious or harmful, but it is because it indirectly is targeting something that people have and making a brand and money out of it.

I personally have never suffered from any mental health disorder, but I still think that I am qualified enough to arise this point with you. I have a creative outlet, which I can use to inform and educate you about things I think are important, and this is one. Even though these tops may have been withdrawn from the shops for now, I have no doubt in saying that there will be plenty more in the future. Think twice, before buying slogan t-shirts etc. and see if there is actually anything that could be harmful within the text. Read between the lines and don't just presume because it is sold by a well known company or is a fun play on words, its okay! ITS NOT!

Thanks for reading x

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  1. It's shocking that anyone would think that these designs are okay. The 'Depression' is one in particular that’s a slap in the face to those suffering and minimizes it as a medical term. There's enough of that going around already and it doesn’t need to be further encouraged! And the ‘Eat Less’ one is just disgusting. Great post. I'm glad that there are people like you around who realise how harmful this stuff can be and are drawing attention to it, even without having gone through the illnesses yourself :)

    Amani xx
    www.amanilyrical.com

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    1. Thank you, I want more people to realise that this isn't okay, and I don't think its spoken about enough, it definitely is a slap in the face

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  2. It's so sad that this even has to be pointed out in the first place, it's as bad as people claiming to have bipolar or OCD just to seem different or cool. Influential brands really should know better!

    atinymew.com xo

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    1. Exactly, everyday I have where I feel like I have had an okay day, got out of bed and managed to do something, I should be grateful because that is more than some people can do x

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  3. Ugh this makes me sick! Why is it being glamourised? It's like wearing a t-shirt saying 'haha you have mental health problems you're so weird'. Does my head in.
    I suffer with anxiety and panic disorder and have dealt with depression in the past, and I hate it when people take the piss out of it!

    Glad you made a post to spread the word though! Go gurllll.

    R xx
    www.phasesofrobyn.com

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    1. Thank you for the support, I think its so disgusting, I can't even imagine what it feels like for someone who actually has suffered before and then to see these t-shirts x

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  4. I've seen a few of these and I think its awful. 'Eat Less' etc is a pretty ridiculous and shouldn't be promoted on clothing.

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

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    1. I believe it definitely sends the wrong message to young girls x

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  5. I've seen a few of these items and it's just disgusting. My question is, who would want to wear them?!

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    1. I don't even know, but people buy them and that makes me sick to think that they would do that x

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  6. It's sad that clothing companies have to fill the need of the public who actually want these outfits and makeup brands! So many people are thinking that it's 'cool' to have a mental illness now such as anxiety and depression, that it is making a mockery of people who actually suffer from these illnesses. What makes it worse is that they are producing these tops for a large profit, and none of the money made from them is going to any mental illness charities. x

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    1. Exactly, brands like Obsessive compulsive cosmetics use an illness that millions of people suffer with, that makes their life really hard and turn it in to a brand and make millions of dollars out of it, without any of it going to the OCD charity's out there.

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  7. Ive seen this "trend" too and its sickening!! "Fashion" has really crossed the line. And did you read about how UO mocked a horrific university killing?

    BCfactor Blog

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    1. It is is't it! I hadn't heard about it, so I literally just googled it and OMG I'm sickened, that is so disrespectful to the families and the people who were killed

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  8. I completely agree with you on this. A few people in my family have suffered or are suffering with mental health problems and it's definitely not something to joke about! I wish people would think twice about wearing these, as I'm sure they wouldn't make a mockery of mental health if they had suffered through or seen someone suffer through a mental illness.

    Maddie // itsthatplacecalledhere.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Exactly! I am sorry to hear about your family, I hope they are staying strong. People think that because its on a top, its okay- when its definitely not!

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  9. This is horrible and disgusting. It's a shame people will do anything or make anything for money these days.

    p.s. I'm from the #askablogger chat!

    Ashley
    http://jerseygirl1216.blogspot.com/

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    1. I know, I know, we are such a money driven world and its really wrong x

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  10. Ahh I read a post like this the other day and quite frankly it peed me off so much! You would never go round wearing a top saying "i have cancer" so one that says depression or "stressed depressed but well dressed" baffles me. It's so ridiculous. The media and people idolise mental health disorders so much nowadays and I find it so crazy that that's the world we live in today. I could rant about this all day!

    bethfreckles.blogspot.com

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    1. I totally agree! The media sees mental health issues as fun or desired to have, but its totally barbaric and couldn't be further from the truth x

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  11. I thought you have OCD? Or was this post written before you were diagnosed? I feel so uncomfortable about these products! I want to ask how you feel about the OCC make up brand? I called them out on instagram and got a fuck ton of hate 'cos they say they suffer from OCD themselves, hence why their brand is called OCC... apparently it's how they have dealt with it. I didn't feel like I could push it, not suffering from OCD myself, but it made me totally uncomfortable. What do you think? xo

    Amber Love Blog

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    1. Yes lovely this post was written in 2015 when I wasn't struggling with mental health problems. I write the brand obsessive compulsive cosmetics. I actually forget about them till I came across this post, again. I'm sorry to hear that you have had a lot of stick for mentioning the fact that are glamourising mental illness on Twitter xx

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  12. i love reading this article so beautiful!!great job!
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