These boots are made for talk­ing

Guardian Express - - NEWS -

BUSI­NESS owner Mel Moore, who would suf­fer from panic at­tacks just go­ing to the shops, was one of two fe­male elec­tri­cians given blue suede boots in a bid to help raise aware­ness of men­tal health in the trade and con­struc­tion in­dus­tries.

Malaga-based boot man­u­fac­turer Steel Blue launched a lim­ited edi­tion ladies blue boot on Septem­ber 15, with pro­ceeds go­ing to be­yond­blue.

The GEM busi­ness owner said the ini­tia­tive would make a dif­fer­ence in tak­ing the stigma out of talk­ing about men­tal health.

“I think lots of peo­ple will end up wear­ing them and peo­ple see it out there and there will be an in­di­ca­tion that there is some­one they can talk to,” Ms Moore said.

“For two years, I suf­fered mas­sively with anx­i­ety and panic at­tacks… even if I went to the shops, I did not know what trig­gered mine to start be­cause I used to be su­per-con­fi­dent.

“It got re­ally bad, even to the point where I’d see peo­ple I knew and if I said some­thing or messed a sen­tence up or some­thing, it would start hap­pen­ing.”

Church­lands res­i­dent Kate Ed­wards, who works at the Ci­ty­based OTIS el­e­va­tor com­pany, said the boots served as a good “con­ver­sa­tion starter” on site.

“I guess in this in­dus­try be­cause there are so many males, they tend not to re­ally open up as much as fe­males,” Ms Ed­wards, who also re­ceived the boots, said.

“It is good to let them know that some­one is there and peo­ple want to help.”

Elec­tri­cians Mel Moore and Kate Ed­wards show­ing off the blue suede boots.

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