For the balls...and the balls of your feet! Using underwear, socks (and more) as a unique way of raising awareness for men's mental health.
be courageous, be real, be BALLSY!
Fashion is something I've always been passionate about and I guess since speaking up about my own experiences and sharing my journey with others I have become equally passionate about raising awareness for mental health, in particular, for men.
This journey has been a roller coaster ride but I'm truly grateful that it has given me the opportunity to gain so much more insight into not only mental health, but my personal growth too.
My Story has lead me on a journey that allows me to merge my passions together and create something unique, something that is meaningful and that can have a positive influence on our local and wider community. As a husband and father of two boys, I knew it was time for change.
I'm not perfect, but I can now understand my triggers and can openly converse about my feelings. The biggest thing that helped me was acknowledging that there is a problem, developing the strength to open up and be ballsy, to share, be vulnerable and understand that this is a powerful thing and all part of the healing process.
As males it is something we tend to shy away from, afraid of the stigma, the shame and fear of feeling WEAK .
It's time to be part of a positive change - change that involves men speaking up about their own experiences so they can feel confident and proud to seek the help and support needed.
We need to encourage, embrace and support one another, normalise these sorts of conversations and bring light to something men have swept under the carpet and like Tupac said ''The old way wasn't working, so its on us to do, what we gotta do, to survive".
I'm not a mental health professional, nor do I claim to be but I know enough through my experiences to realise that its time to change our systems and our thought patterns - time to break the stigma heavily associated with men's mental health and what it means to be a "man".
Join our journey and lets be part of a generation that speaks openly about mental health, Be Ballsy