“Growing up my mom always spoke openly about having depression. It wasn’t until I got older that I found out not everyone knew about mental health. As a kid I wasn’t entirely sure what it was either, but I knew my mom had it and I also knew several ways to show her support when she needed it. When I grew up I found out depression could lead to suicide and I couldn’t believe the small things I did as a kid really made a difference in my mom’s daily battle.
I thought to myself if more people were just aware of mental illness we might be able to stop some of these issues depression causes. So I started a project called AWAREcauses. The goal was to raise awareness for mental health issues. As I wore my first piece, the white AWARE necklace, a lot of people were drawn to it and asked me what it was, what it stood for, and I found myself in conversations all day long about mental health awareness.
It was so cool to meet new people and talk about a cause I was passionate about just by someone asking me a question about a necklace I was wearing. But someone asked me a question one day and it changed my life and passion for everything I had previously been doing. They said: “That necklace is so cool, do you have one for Endometriosis.” And another person said “ Yah how about Crohn's?” “Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia” and the list kept going on of all these different diseases, disorders, disabilities all kinds of things I had never heard of. So finally I said “Actually I only have this white one for mental health, but if I’ve never heard of these causes before I’m sure it needs more awareness also.” From there I did tons of research on awareness ribbons and made necklaces to match each causes ribbon color. Now people could do the same thing I was doing for what I was passionate about but for the cause they want to raise awareness for.
Every day I read and share stories of peoples experience dealing with these causes and what the necklace means to them and its become more than just a jewelry line but a community that all supports each other and I Love it. I myself am also becoming more and more AWARE every day.”