A REDDITCH woman who suffered with mental health issues recently set up a pop-up shop selling preloved vintage clothing – and invited along those the people who had helped her, so others could benefit too.
Claire Welch-Beasley, customises classic clothing and there joining her in the Kingfisher Shopping Centre were members of Mental Health Action Group Redditch – MHAGR – and Ahead of Wellbeing Company.
Claire was also hoping to raise awareness of the impact fast fashion can have on the environment.
She said: “I’m glad I’m working with Ahead of Wellbeing and Mental Health Action Group because I have had mental health issues and I wouldn’t be here without them, which is why I’m passionate about what they do.
“The clothes I’m selling are for £3 and are second hand, upcycled and customised by me as fast fashion is really damaging our planet.”
The event had been co-organised by Brenda Morrison-Webb in association with Ahead of Wellbeing Company.
She said: “It’s all about attracting people and engaging them in talking about mental health.
“We’re working with a not-for-profit company which offers one-on-one or group therapy sessions.
“This means we can help people with therapy such as meditation, massage and hypnotherapy at real prices, not spa prices.”
Claire will be donating money earned from her pop-up shop to Ahead of Wellbeing Company.
Rosie Palmer of MHAGR added: “I’ve lived the experience of mental health with poor therapy and none-existent help.
“Waiting lists are too long and private therapy is expensive, and we want to help people without the high prices and waiting.”
To contact Ahead of Wellbeing Company call 07974 551052 or email: email@example.com.
For information on mental health visit www.mhagredditch.org.uk.