For Sophie Cull-Candy's latest jewellery campaign, the designer has selected 6 creatives, including trans activist Charlie Craggs, to open up about their hopes for mental health.
As an official fundraiser for Mind.org, each pair of her statement perspex hand earrings, a part of the profit is donated to the organisation. "I wanted to create a series of portraits of people wearing the earrings with a quote from them on why they believe we, as a society, should be caring for our own, and others, mental health better." She tells BRICKS. Meet the creatives below and purchase a pair of the earrings here.
“There is definitely still a social stigma attached to mental health, but as awareness is being raised of mental health issues, I think it is becoming more accepted and comfortable for people to talk about it in today’s society.” - Nanayaa Ntiri, fashion design student
“As an activist, but even just as a person, it’s so important to have practices in place that support your mental health. You can’t do good for other people if you’re not in a good place yourself. There’s so much emphasis on our physical health, but your mental health should be as much, if not more of a priority.” – Charlie Craggs, Activist
“The great thing about this generation is how increasingly open we’re becoming about mental health. It’s never easy talking about how rubbish our heads feel, but you do feel much more supported once you realise how many people around you have felt the same. It’s important to know there’s always someone who’ll understand you.” - Laura Jackson
“Especially in the beauty industry, we are seeing kids as young as 12 doing makeup tutorials with layers and layers of foundation, trying to reach their #beautygoals... It would be amazing to influence a generation to celebrate all things that make them unique and different, social media can also be a perfect solution to creating a safe space for discussing mental health and helping people to find their sparkle.” – Nikki Paskauskas of Disco Dust London
“I think we are at a point were mental illness is something that is now openly explored and discussed in society, but the negative side of this is the romanticised view of it which is often shown. Creatives need to learn how to present mental illness in a realistic way that can be positive source of representation for sufferers and educational for all.” – Morgana Rubini
“I hope that the complexities of mental illness are increasingly and creatively explored to foster an understanding that doesn't seek to impose rationality, but follows the lines of flight and tangles of affect, for greater depth, sincerity and nuance.” – Sabeen Chaudhry