Fashion and Mental Health

May 2019

Our conversation topic for May 2019 is Fashion & Mental Health.

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 will take place from May 13th – 19th and this year the focus is on body image – how we think and feel about our bodies.

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1. Retail Therapy

Parting with our cash to indulge our shopping habits is considered an acceptable legal high but all too often we’re left with feelings of guilt, regret and disappointment – not to mention empty pockets.

When we consider the euphoric highs and ever-increasing lows associated with addiction, is intoxicating ourselves with fashion really as harmless as we think?

2. The Dark Side of Fashion

With its emphasis on constant re-invention and staying ahead of trends, fashion’s unique pressures leave its workers extremely vulnerable to mental health issues. Kate Spade, Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow are just a few names that highlight the troubling number of burnouts and suicides.

Whether you’re a designer, a garment worker, a buyer, or maybe you’ve started your own brand – we want to hear how working in the fashion industry is impacting your mental health?

3. Mood à la Mode

Put on a blazer and some red lipstick and you can steamroll over any sort of conflict at the office, present like a BBC reporter, and assert like you’ve never asserted before.

How does what we wear affect our mood and can we create confidence through clothes?