The fashion industry has long been epitomized by appearances, whether it’s the looks of a garment or the face and body of a model. Modern streetwear brands are seeking to shed these frivolous connotations (and connect with contemporary society) by creating clothing that advocates for mental health awareness.
Bashea Williams, a Maryland-based social worker, says that open mental health conversations on social media are the impetus behind this recent trend.
“More information is out there. More knowledge is out there. More people are taking a liking to it,” he said. “I think people are tired of seeing people suffering and looking for a sense of online community and relation.”
Below are some brands that are steering the mental health conversation in the right direction.