Have you ever seen a thought? How do you know it exists?

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There’s a particular prompt that asks: "Have you ever seen a thought? How do you know it exists?" I love this because it challenges how I see the world. A lot of my education, institutionally and that from lived experience, has nurtured me to be doubtful of something I can’t prove tangibly. That’s to say: If you can’t *see it, there’s a high chance it’s not real.
[*see: being understood in a way we deem acceptable: for us today that’s largely literal sight and/or perfect scientific explanation]
And obviously there’s a context when seeing can be believing: cure for cancer? There’s no doubt that the proof is in the pudding of the visibly cured human.
The catch comes when we apply this to all avenues at large. And so we can aptly introduce her, mental health. 

She can’t be understood only as a seen entity. She’s invisible but she’s real. 

Absolutely there is seeable science behind her, we can see brain scans and hormone levels. And, how INCREDIBLE it is to see the dialogue opening up and scientific advances steaming ahead with hopeful solutions. But, when it comes to the lived reality of one perturbed by a particular state of mental health (low, high or whatever it may be) or those around him or her — just like when someone says they have a headache or are deeply grieving, *faith comes into it.[*faith: {in this particular context being} a space for belief that allows for the invisible to hold validity]
That’s to say: 
the person feeling to be outside the realms of thriving mental health 
or those around this person(s)
to let their perception be widened 
let emotions, let the unseen not be ashamed to speak up and feel worthy to be taken as something of value 

It’s about giving this invisible space acknowledgement, it’s about giving it recognition. 

And that’s actually what Recognised does. Recognised puts forth a tangible form of mental health. It doesn’t condemn current culture with no end; it challenges cultural norms by working with it. It sees how we as humans are functioning with eyes wide open; and puts in front of us a product of beauty that leads us to think of the intangible it represents - the reality and realm of mental health - so that each who see or wear it know that both in their inner and outer realities: they are recognised. 
As someone who has swum in the wild waters of mental health’s scary side, who has experienced high and lows that threw me off course, I undeniably support what Recognised is speaking through their stunning products. I have been blessed beyond belief, through liberating faith, to fly free from that which was mentally debilitating. And ultimately we are all worthy of optimal mental health. Truly. And it’s a unique and continual pathway for all - the good, the bad and the ugly. And that’s okay. It’s okay to be okay, and it’s okay not to be okay. At any stage. Recognised products are a great physical reminder of this. Recognised represents mental health’s reality in all her stages and glory. How good it is. 

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