These boots are made for talking
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.