Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States… affecting 40 million people. Once you realize that you may suffer from anxiety, you can start treating it. The FEARLESS Collection aims to educate, empower and reduce the stigma of anxiety disorders.
"I know what it feels like...
Your heart is beating a bit too fast and you have a sick feeling in your stomach. It’s all you can think about. That’s what anxiety feels like. What I just described is also the feeling you get when you realize someone you love is truly suffering from the mental torment that is anxiety. The primal response is, “I’ll fix it!”, but as often the case, we don’t know how. I had to figure it out for my son and now my passion is helping others get the help they need. I know it’s scary but, I promise, even mountains can be moved. With the right treatment, people get better. Fight for it, believe it and love with all your heart. Follow a few simple steps to begin the road to recovery, for yourself, or for someone you love.”
- Kim Vincenty
Founder of JACK Mental Health Advocacy
A percent of proceeds from the Fearless Giveback Collection supports JACK Mental Health Advocacy, a nonprofit created to change the way anxiety sufferers and their families navigate the challenges of mental illness, fight stigma, and obtain quality education, support, and treatment.
What causes anxiety and what should i do if i have it?
Anxiety Disorders can be caused by trauma, extreme stress, from a wide variety of external factors (work, school, finances, natural disasters, etc.). It can also be caused by medical factors, substance abuse, genetics, brain chemistry or a combination of these things.
How do I reduce the stigma of mental illness?
The best way to reduce the stigma of Mental Illness is for people to meet or know someone that suffers. Never be ashamed of your illness (everyone has something!), or be embarrassed to admit your child, friend or family member has a mental illness. Seek out a support group. You will quickly see you are not alone.
I know someone with anxiety... how do I help?
Most national websites offer awesome suggestions for guiding a friend or loved one toward help. Know the information before you confront someone. Always show love and compassion but also a committed firmness to seeing them get well. Most importantly, do not accommodate obsessive or irrational behavior, remain strictly focused on the treatment that will get your loved one back to living the life they deserve.
How to get help:
• Get a proper diagnosis
• Ask the therapist or physician that gives you the diagnosis what the treatment options are and look into the local resources
• Educate yourself, consult mental health websites for information and referrals, click to visit:
Stand Up To Stigma
• Contact local affiliates of National Mental Health organizations Search local affiliates here
• Research a support group in your area here
• Tap into the wealth of information available on social media
Stronger Than Stigma
Fear it, but face it!... and more than anything else, NEVER, NEVER give up.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 988
A Note from Patti...
“Since Anxiety Disorders have a negative stigma, they are not talked about and understood like physical illnesses. People don’t know a lot about it or don’t realize we or someone we love might have it, we don’t know what to do about it…and it feels shameful to talk about. We want to change that! Kim’s phone call to me about 'doing something together' was the start of FEARLESS! We can’t wait to see the positive change this collection brings.”
- Patti Hughes
Founder & CEO of Natural Life