The tension and stress of the last six months in service has affected everybody’s mental health. Through such attempting times it truly can be tough to ‘stay positive’ or ‘keep fighting’ and ideally what we have learned during these times is that it’s okay not to be ok.
Today is World Suicide Avoidance Day and the Boost My Business Spotlight is on a brand-new clothing brand who are difficult people to start the conversations that are terribly needed to help save lives.
Fiona Alston spoke to Mark Donnelly, founder of HUH Clothes, who supports Irish psychological health charities through the sale of his thought-provoking products.
Donnelly introduced his business while was in the US on an 18- month work visa. He went back to Ireland in July and has continued the business from his home in Co Meath.
The concept was something he had seen for a while and he drew on his own experiences for motivation for the brand.
” It was more so individual experience through football groups, work and friends, household, communities all over the country who are affected by it every day,” says Donnelly.
” If 25 year olds Mark from Ashbourne in Co Meath can talk about it, possibly it’ll encourage someone who’s not as extroverted or confident and they could connect to somebody or might speak with somebody about their mental health,” he states.
Beginning a company when you are out of the country and in a different time zone is rather difficult, but Mark depended on the job and with the help of family and friends he got the business to where he needed it for his return.
” My sibling Dave did a lot of work here for me getting lots of different providers and various samples so getting home I had the website already to go and we had a social networks following gradually building.
” It was tough due to the fact that of the time difference, that was a huge discomfort, due to the fact that I was getting out of bed in the early morning and people in Ireland were halfway through their day however I utilized a couple of buddies who I understood I could rely on for truthful feedback.”
The items presently on sale are hoodies, tee shirts, mugs and masks with a new team neck top on its method.
All products bring the HUH (How’s Ur head?) logo on them, something Donnelly hopes will get the conversations started.
” Individuals always ask me, like, how did I get the name HUH for how’s ur head?
” It’s something where people state, huh? what does that imply? Therefore the entire concept behind that was simply initially to get the discussion started – you’ve started a psychological health discussion in the most casual setting possible,” he continues.
” Ideally, that resonates with the person and subconsciously they consider it for the day, the week or the month after.”
Among the things Donnelly was keen to execute into his business was fulfilling the right cost point for his clients while still ensuring it was an all-Irish affair and sustainable.
” I went through loads of different suppliers and loads of different avenues to find the ideal quality and the best rate for people,” he says.
” We’re working with all Irish companies – everything from our packaging, which is 100%recyclable, our hoodies, and we deal with An Post to get the packages delivered to everybody.”
” From every sale we’re contributing 10%to local Irish mental health charities however we’re not simply selecting one, we’re going across the board,” he adds.
Before he released his items, he took an alternative path to gathering brand awareness.
Entrepreneurship has been always belonged to what comprises Donnelly. He was the kid at school you understood you might purchase the latest smart phone devices from or was the one getting the awards for organization and innovation.
He has his sights set far with HUH Clothes, he wishes to get Ireland discussing psychological health however has actually also checked his idea Stateside.
” I did evaluate the idea if it would take off in for example, Milwaukee or Chicago and it succeeded. It provided me hope this principle will work worldwide when the time comes, if the time comes,” he says.
” Everyone handle mental health at some phase, whether it’s on a big or little scale, and it does not really matter where you are, where you’re from,” he adds.