MindSocks Pledges 10% of Sales to RRMH

Image of the Mind Socks on a fence in Rural Australia.
4 Dec 17
by Brooklyn

MindSocks Pledges 10% of Sales to RRMH

Mind Socks is the evolution of an enterprise that comprises far more than just commerce.

It is the brain child of co-creators Mila Dhurbarry and Carissa Belham. Its inception began in 2015, when a Mental Health referral saw two like-minded individuals converge. That relationship resulted in what is now burgeoning small business incorporating a range of textiles with unique, uplifting design elements aimed at fostering a greater sense of mental health awareness and acceptance of the stigma associated with this issue worldwide.

When Carissa was initially referred to Mila little did either party know of their shared interests and passion. As Mila worked with Carissa to unpack various areas of her life and support her in her recovery journey, they developed a strong bond of friendship and collaboration.

Through one of their regular catch ups, they both shared their passion for fashion and the desire of owning their very own brand. At the time, Carissa was in the mix of a manic episode and was admitted to hospital. It was during her stay at the hospital that she touched side with her creativity and sketched over 40 socks designs which we now know as the Enthusiast Mind Socks collection.

Mila has been an advocate for social justice and always wanted to create a brand that gives back to the community and send an important message. That message is clear: recovery from mental illness is possible and can lead to beautiful things. And, beautiful things flourished indeed. The range of socks that Mind Socks offers is vibrant, warm and the concept nourishes the spirit.

And, while they are certainly very funky and unique, there’s much more to these socks than meet the eye. It’s all about breaking down barriers. As Mila explains “often a lot is unspoken when you are dealing with mental illness, especially around the difficulties of everyday functioning and relationships. Many of us put a large focus on getting back to work or get off pills.”

Mila continues to explain the difficulties that mental illness creates – particularly in terms of relationships – and their spiralling nature. Even though she is a mental health professional she is no stranger to the ‘black dog’ on a personal level. “Relationships are what I consider a major aspect of our wellbeing. My mental illness affected my relationships with my friends, my family and my partner at the time.”

For both Mila and Carissa recovery hasn’t been easy and it is never easy, for no one!

For them recovery is the journey that never ends; “it is redefining ourselves, connecting with loved ones, developing new relationships, dreaming and being ready to start it all over again if needed.”

“We have learnt that everything moves forward; we want to inspire and empower others that dreams do come true and recovery is possible.”

We believe that with Mindsocks we can reach out to many more people. Mila and Carissa donate a share of their profit to support early intervention. For every pair of socks purchased, we donate to various organisations and events aligned with our values, this season Rural and Remote Mental Health!


Help us make a difference together: https://www.mindsocks.com.au/