A DAD who has struggled with his mental health is starting a clothing brand to raise money for charity.
Jack Wells is officially launching the Wells Company London on his 30th birthday next week.
The idea is that money made from the sales of the hoodies and loungewear will be sent to Mind and the rest will be reinvested into his business which he hopes will become its own charity in time.
Mr Wells, who lives in Abingdon and runs a masonry business, said: “I didn’t want to launch a clothing brand just for the sake of doing it. I wanted to do it for a purpose.
“In my experience with anxiety and depression I have been very typical, I didn’t talk about it.
“A while ago I was sitting with my then-partner at home and I thought I was suddenly having a heart attack. It got really bad, paramedics came and the man said I was having a bad panic attack.
“I was 25 at the time, I was like that has never happened to me before.
“I ignored my anxiety and it slowly turned into depression.”
It wasn’t until Mr Wells bumped into an old school friend by chance that he started speaking about his mental health.
His friend recommended the Oxford Health service Talking Space and Mind – a charity which aims to make sure nobody has to face being alone with a mental health problem.
He added: “The charity Mind really helped me and, in all honesty, I don’t know what I would be like now if it wasn’t for them.
“Unless you’re seeking medical attention like I was when the paramedic told me it was a panic attack or you meet somebody, the information on where to get help can be overwhelming.”
He wants the clothing brand to help initiate conversations about mental health while raising money for a charity that helps people who are struggling.
In time, he hopes the Wells Company can become its own certified charity and has plans to open an advice hotline where people in need can text for help.
He said: “It’s easy to feel like a bit of a burden or feel overwhelmed when you Google services and charities.
“I want to create a system so people can get help early on and find out who they can contact to start their journeys to a better wellbeing.
“It can be so daunting just starting that initial chat about not being okay. I have a lot of friends, and I didn’t know who to turn to.
“The services that are on offer are so great but it’s finding those.”
The 29-year-old has already signed up to the Ethical Trade Policy and has been selective in the factories he uses to make the premium clothes so that staff are being paid a fair wage and that their mental health isn’t impacted making the clothes.
- At least 10 per cent of the profits will go to Mind. There are some items of clothing where 50 per cent of the money made will be sent to Mind.
- To follow the brand on social media, visit Instagram and search @Wellscompanylondon The website will be launching on Saturday, May 8.
- For support from Mind or more information on the charity search Mind.org.uk
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