In 2015, I was 16 years old and working weekends at my local corner shop. Whilst on my shifts I would always reach for Cosmopolitan UK when the shop got a bit quiet. One Saturday, this particular issue had interviewed Caroline Flack and I distinctly remember suddenly having this admiration for her. She was just honest, real and funny with a true outlook on life.
I think that is what makes this such a difficult time. When I saw that Caroline had passed away, I was in shock and disbelief. My first thought was actually, is this fake news? But unfortunately that wasn’t the case.
Now I’m not here to discuss her reasons, or the impact the media has had on her life, even though that is an important subject. But instead, look into the different ways brands are taking a stand and paying their respects to Caroline.
In The Style decided to pay their respects to Caroline by raising awareness surrounding mental health challenges that many are facing. Their ‘Be Kind’ tee has been designed just for this cause and 100% of the profits will be donated to Samaritans. The quote on the tee is “In a world where you can be anything… Be kind.” A quote which Caroline herself shared on social media back in December 2019.
Pretty Little Thing x Molly-Mae launched their new clothing line in collaboration over the weekend. Molly-Mae appeared on Love Island in 2019 and made friends with Caroline through the show. Both parties wanted to support those struggling with mental health issues, and as a result are donating 100% of the profits from this line to Mind Charity.
In times like this, many feel helpless, like nothing they do or say will make any difference. But, by showing their support and respect, brands like these are spreading awareness and are hopefully leaving their mark on society. Too many celebrities are subject to trolling and cyberbullying, and unfortunately too many cannot cope with it. By raising awareness and funds for mental health charities such as Mind & Samaritans, people just like Caroline can get the help they need to stay safe and healthy.
Caroline taking her own life has meant society are having conversations surrounding mental health. Hopefully, one day, we will get to a place where there is no suffering and people are kind to one another. We may be a long way off. But Caroline has kickstarted yet another conversation into the importance of mental health, and hopefully this time our society changes.
In a world where you can be anything… Be kind.