IT'S A RITUAL.
FUNKY SHIRT FRIDAYS ARE A RITUAL THAT HAPPENS EVERY FRIDAY, NO MATTER WHAT.
By wearing a funky shirt every Friday, you are turning the best day of the week into the one day of the week where we can all take ownership of our own mental health and encourage meaningful conversations with those around us.
WHY DO FUNKY SHIRT FRIDAY?
The only way we can change the culture surrounding mental health is by taking action over what we can control. That starts with the way we speak and act ourselves.
The best way to help others talk more openly about their own mental health and emotional health is not by asking them to, but rather by showing them how to.
Showing others how to do this requires us to put ourselves out there and show a bit vulnerability in our daily lives.
The best day to put yourself out there is on a Friday. The best way to put yourself out there is by wearing a funky shirt.
Funky Shirt Friday means wearing outrageously funky shirts on the best day of the week to encourage meaningful conversations and make an invisible issue impossible to ignore.
Don't overthink it.
You're not there to "fix it" for anyone nor should anyone feel they need to "fix it" for you.
Remember to act with empathy, vulnerability, and always take a non-judgmental approach to conversation.
Need some support?
If you or whoever you're speaking to need more support, contact TIACS.
TIACS is a free mental health support service providing access to professional counsellors through a simple text or call service.
TIACS is available Monday to Friday from 8am to 10pm, Brisbane time.
Whether you need some support for yourself or you're looking for guidance on how to help someone else, text or call TIACS on 0488 846 988.
Book in for up to 10 free sessions and speak to the same counsellor each time.
HOW ELSE CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?
Get your workplace onboard.
Organise a regular Funky Shirt Friday team smoko or team lunch.
Implement a donations scheme if anyone forgets their funky shirt.
If you feel like doing some fundraising directly, choose to support TIACS.org.
LET PEOPLE KNOW.
Lastly, don't forget to take a selfie or a team photo and post it wherever you feel most comfortable.
Don't forget to tag @TradeMutt.
Use these hashtags too:
#funkyshirtfridays #trademutt #thisisaconversationstarter #mentalhealth