Today, October 10th, is World Mental Health Day and we at Fred and Far are so happy to participate by sharing our World Mental Health Day Spotify playlist. The World Health Organization launched World Mental Health Day in 1992 to promote mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. Whereas mental health used to be something dealt with quietly in private and with stigma and shame, today mental health is something we openly embrace and share about.
On a personal level, it wasn't until I reached a breaking point with my mental health that I decided to see a therapist and start taking care of myself. It was only then that I came up with the idea for the Self Love Pinky Ring as a way to remind myself of my commitment to take care of my mental and physical health... and the rest is history. When we honor ourselves, we make our greatest impact on the world. This movement and sisterhood is proof of that.
So why a playlist in honor of World Mental Health Day? Because ever since I was a child, music was my safe space. My solace. My haven. My place to feel whatever it was I needed to feel (and I've always needed to feel deeply, especially as a child). Music gave me permission, and was and is my companion -- through my darkest lows and most joyful highs. The songs on this playlist are all starred on my Spotify as my favorites. I hope that some of them become your favorites too. Please listen, feel and share it.
xo, Melody Godfred, founder, Fred and Far and author of Self Love Poetry: for Thinkers & Feelers