"I have been affected by Mental Health Illness' in my life, whether it be going in and out of severe depression and or extreme anxiety when found in tough social situations. Growing up I've seen family members not being treated fairly because of their Mental Illness and it's not right. I see myself go through things like this and then I see people around me who I can tell have felt that way or worse before.
I thought: what's the point of holding all this in? Why not create or at least try to build a community where talking about issues like the ones aforementioned was accepted as a way of growing instead of being looked down upon.
I recently started a clothing brand called All Alone Apparel and we are about three big ideas. Support mental health, believe in innovation and make fresh clothes. Right now we are donating 10% of all proceeds to Mental Health initiatives. All Alone Apparel is my baby. It's so dear to me because it gave me an outlet where I could do something to help others in an area that I'm very passionate about, and has been allowing me to be creative through the whole process. It is also a gateway for me to meet like-minded individuals and people that genuinely want to normalize mental illness.
In a nutshell, I'd say what has pushed me to try and help others is my personal experience mixed with massive empathy. Everybody can help someone. I feel like that's part of our job as a fellow human being. If I can help one person with what they are going through, then it is all worth it to me. I feel like I'm doing great work when I'm talking to others about our vision as a brand. It's incredibly fulfilling.
In 5 years, I'd like to think that the brand will be continuing to grow and inspiring others. By that time I'd really like to expand into others areas of interest while still doing clothing. The goal is to change the way people see Mental Health in general and to spread compassion and positivity on the topic. Some people still think it's not even real, so there is still plenty of work to be done."