THE MENTAL HEALTH COALITION

The Icon Award for Social Impact

WHY I STARTED THE MENTAL HEALTH COALITION
—Kenneth Cole

This initiative is very personal to me. I’ve seen, first hand, how mental illness can be so debilitating to many who I know and love, and how it can force those affected into the shadows. I have always been aware of the existence of mental health conditions and the degree to which it affects everyone, but recently it has been even more compounded by the pandemic.

Even before Covid-19, mental illness was and is one of the most prevalent public health crises, affecting hundreds of millions of people globally. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1 in 4 people globally will be affected by a mental disorder at some point in their lives. However, that means 4 in 4 people are significantly impacted, if not directly themselves, but by the fact it’s happening to someone they know.

Silence is worsening this global crisis. People are afraid to speak up, fearing they will be judged and persecuted. That’s why there is a pressing need to destigmatize this public health threat, which starts with changing our cultural narrative, and creating a safe and supportive community.

This is a unique moment in time where together, and only together, we can create pervasive change. Starting with the vocabulary, we will shift the narrative to shift people’s preconceived perspectives. That is what The Mental Health Coalition was founded to do.

We have begun by shining a light on all of the great work, support services, dedicated organizations, and extraordinary individuals that already exist, so we can embrace everything we have in common, and everything we don’t.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MENTAL HEALTH COALITION RIGHT HERE


The Icon Award for Social Impact

In recognition of Mental Health Month, we’re donating 1% of the sitewide net sales on KennethCole.com to The Mental Health Coalition.

HOW ARE YOU, REALLY?

“How are you?” is one of the most asked questions, but is the least answered honestly. That’s why The Mental Health Coalition wants to know “How are you, REALLY?” Your honest answer could be life-changing for you and countless others. Go to HowAreYouReally.org, share how you really feel, and you’ll be part of an historic movement taking a huge step towards destigmatizing all mental health conditions.

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