Monday, February 22, 2016

gym clothes with a purpose

I am sure most of you are thinking "workout clothes already have a purpose, you sweat in them". haha. Yes that is true. But what if your clothes also helped others? What if they could help a mom with postpartum depression, or someone on the verge of suicide? 

A friend of mine from college recently started a social purpose company called Voxerity. They offer high quality workout gear and donate 35% of the profits to one of five charities. Each charity is focused on mental health, a grossly overlooked issue in our society. It is something that plagues many people, something with an unnecessary stigma attached to it, something that needs to be addressed. "One in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives." Let that sink in for a minute. Wow. 

I can bet that if you aren't affected yourself you know someone who is. I know two. I don't know if I talked about this on the blog before, but when I was 14 years old my Grandfather took his own life. He was suffering from depression and saw no other way out. It was one of the hardest times of my life. The loss, the pain, the questions. As an outsider you just can't understand why someone could do that. And yet it is the 10th leading cause of death in the US. Wow. 

We need to reach out and help each other. Offer support and understanding. Give a voice to these causes. We need to "Empower individuals to be the voice of truth about mental health" ~ Linda Rangel, Founder of Voxerity.

I was so inspired when I saw what Linda had created, I had to purchase a few items. I got a Truth tank for myself and an Honest T for Matt. I gave it to Matt (and myself) for Christmas. Not only was Matt impressed with the quality of the shirt (I swear he wears it once a week or more), he thought it was really cool that some of the money went to a good cause rather than some rich person's pocketbook. When asked which charity I chose, I told him it was a harder decision than I thought it would be! I felt like I had a connection to almost every issue....

1. National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI and each of its affiliates is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. NAMI is dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI strives to educate, advocate, listen to those in need through helplines, and create public awareness about mental health.

2. Give an Hour
Give an Hour (TM) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to “develop national networks of volunteers capable of responding to both acute and chronic conditions that arise within our society. Currently, Give an Hour is dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of troops and families affected by the post-9/11 conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Give an Hour provides counseling to individuals, couples and families, and children and adolescents.”

3. Postpartum Progress
“Postpartum Progress is a peer-to-peer 501(c)(3) organization that works to create an atmosphere in which women can recognize when they need help for maternal mental illness, feel safe reaching out for that help, and know that a community of thousands of other mothers stands beside them and behind them.”

4. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention “funds research, offers educational programs, advocates for public policy, and supports those affected by suicide.”

5. Child Mind Institute
“The Child Mind Institute is dedicated to transforming mental health care for children everywhere. The organization is committed to finding more effective treatments for childhood psychiatric and learning disorders, building the science of healthy brain development, and empowering children and their families with help, hope, and answers.”


I'm a mom (although I was never affected by PPD), I'm a military spouse, my Grandfather committed suicide, and my cousin suffers from mental illness. After much thought I decided to choose the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. I was affected by the pain of it first hand. Anything that can be done to prevent someone from taking their own life, or to keep a family from suffering a heartbreaking loss, is important to me. 

So today, I encourage each and every one of you to check out the Voxerity website. Explore, read about their causes, and the company's purpose. If you can, please purchase something for yourself, knowing you are making a small contribution to a good cause. And let me tell you, you will not be disappointed with the apparel! Comfy, flattering shirts and pants (I hear more options are coming too!). And when someone asks what Voxerity means, be sure to tell them all about it, as well as the cause you chose!

check out my muscles!! lol

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