Busy Philipps has never shied away from using her voice on social media—and now she's taking to it to help end discrimination surrounding anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses.
The actress (also our favorite person on Instagram Stories) shared a post on the platform last night to support ban.do's new Jen Gotch x Iconery collection, gorgeous necklaces with the words "Anxiety" and "Depression" in 14K yellow gold vermeil. All proceeds from the two necklaces will be donated to the nonprofit Bring Change to Mind, an organization working to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness.
My beautiful friend @jengotch made @shopbando necklaces with @theiconery. One says Anxiety and one says Depression. The proceeds from the necklaces are going to @bringchangetomind, a non-profit whose goal is to destigmatize mental illness. I used to feel so isolated & alone about my anxiety- especially after Birdie was born. But finally I started talking about it and I decided to be open on social media & my @nodocspodcast about my struggles. Talking about these things helps. At least I know it’s helped me. And if it helps someone else to hear it in that moment, that’s great, too. I’m proud to wear my anxiety around my neck for everyone to see. I work very hard daily to push through it and not let it get the best of me. Some days it does, some days it doesn’t. But really, truly, I know now even when I’m in it, I’m not alone. 💜
"I used to feel so isolated & alone about my anxiety—especially after Birdie was born," Philipps writes, recounting the time after welcoming her first daughter. Opening up about anxiety has made a big difference, she says, pointing out that she's been vocal about mental health on social media and We're No Doctors, the podcast she co-hosts with comedian Steve Agee.
"Talking about these things helps," she says. "At least I know it's helped me."
“one thing we can all do is work to remove the stigmas associated with mental illness.” – our cco & founder @jengotch, who just paired up with @theiconery to create necklaces that promote a dialogue about feelings and getting to a place where we’re comfortable asking for and receiving help. each necklace is 14k yellow gold vermeil and has an adjustable chain length, plus all of the proceeds will go to @bringchangetomind, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to ending the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness. because self-care isn't just about face masks and pizza. #jengotchfeelbetter
Now, the bad news: Both necklaces sold out on bando.com within a day of launching on the site. While we patiently wait for a restock, check out Etsy.com for custom name necklaces that can be personalized with the word of your choice. We like CentimeGift's Cursive Name Necklace ($39; etsy.com), which is available in different materials and chain lengths, and DaintyMarket's Custom Name Necklace ($17 and up; etsy.com).
"I'm proud to wear my anxiety around my neck for everyone to see," Philipps says. "I work very hard daily to push through it and not let it get the best of me day. Some days it does, some days it doesn't. But really, truly, I know now even when I'm in it, I'm not alone."