Once a puppet was born out of my struggles with depression and anxiety. I was on a particular career path, which at the time I thought I wanted, but I slowly began to realise that it was not making me happy. I was overcome with anxiety as I felt pressured to continue this path, not for myself but for others.

I did not know what to do and questioned my purpose in life. At this point I felt lost and that I had no control over my life and future. I decided I needed help coming to terms with these emotions and sought the help of a psychologist. I was diagnosed with clinical depression and anxiety.

During the process of getting treatment I decided to leave the programme I was studying towards and began working on a new project - one that would help me process my emotions and understand what i was going through.

I channeled my feelings into this new project. At the time I felt like a puppet on a string with no control over my life. This is where the idea for once a puppet came from. Once a puppet is my journey towards overcoming these feelings in an attempt to “cut the strings” which bound me so that I may free myself. It took me over a year to get to that point and along the way experienced a lot of doubt and procrastination which threatened the existence of the project, however, I endeavoured to bring myself back on track. I fortunately had the support of a close confidant who helped me realise that a support system is essential in dealing with mental health-related issues.

I hope to use puppet to aid others struggling with mental health issues, by showing them that they are not alone, although it often feels that way. In addition, I hope that by being open about mental health and sharing my personal story, that I may dispel stigma surrounding the topic allowing others to feel more comfortable voicing their struggles and encourage them to seek help timeously.

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  • Reshad on

    Such an inspirational brand and story! The products are well made and sustainable and the packaging is the best! Keep it up puppet

  • Myles Lundall on

    This is amazing. I’m so glad that you were able to work through your struggles and reach your goals to create something so beautiful. Me being someone that struggles with bipolar depression and wants to create a clothing brand of my own, your story really speaks to me and is motivating me to get through this and start the damn business😂. I wish you luck and hope we can colab in future♥️

  • Owen on

    This is a beautiful and sentimental story behind such a great page that has it’s heart and energy in the right place I really hope to see this page and what it stands for grow into something even more beautiful then it is already keep up the good work ❤

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