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Busy Philipps 'Proud To Wear Her Anxiety' Through Charitable Necklace

By David Konow 03/06/18

The proceeds from the sales of the necklaces will go to Bring Change to Mind, a nonprofit dedicated to mental health. 

Busy Philipps

Busy Philipps, who starred in Freaks and Geeks and Dawson’s Creek, has been open about anxiety on Instagram, and on her podcast, We’re No Doctors, which she co-hosts with Steve Agee.

Now she’s posted a photo of herself on Instagram wearing a necklace that simply says "anxiety" in 14-karat gold.

Photo via Busy's Instagram account

This necklace is part of a limited line of jewelry from designer Jen Gotch. There’s also a matching necklace that reads, "Depression."

The proceeds from the sales of these necklaces will go to Bring Change to Mind, a nonprofit group that is dedicated to mental health. Change to Mind was co-founded by actress Glenn Close in 2010. Mental health is a subject that hits close to home for the actress, because her sister Jessie is bipolar and her nephew Calen has schizoaffective disorder.

Gotch told Today, “I hope [these necklaces)] can also serve as a conversation starter for people to be more open about what’s going on in their minds.”

Gotch has struggled with her mental health as well and as she told Hello Giggles, “One thing we can all do is work to remove the stigmas associated with mental health issues. These necklaces are a step in doing that and I hope they can also serve as a conversation starter for people to be more open about what’s going on in their minds.”

On Instagram, Philipps wrote, “I used to feel so isolated & alone about my anxiety – especially after [my daughter] Birdie was born. But finally I started talking about it and I decided to be open on social media & my podcast about my struggles. Talking about these things helps. At least I know it’s helped me. And if it helps someone else to hear it in that moment, that’s great, too.”

Philipps added that by wearing her Gotch necklace, “I’m proud to wear my anxiety around my neck for everyone to see. I work very hard daily to push through it and not let it get the best of me. Some days it does, some days it doesn’t. But really, truly, I know now even when I’m in it, I’m not alone.”

The "anxiety" and "depression" necklaces are going for a retail price of $48 each, and they have both already sold out within a day. There are also plans to expand this line of jewelry in the near future.

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In addition to contributing for The Fix, David Konow has also written for Esquire, Deadline, LA Weekly, Village Voice, The Wrap, and many other publications and websites. He is also the author of the three decade history of heavy metal, Bang Your Head (Three Rivers Press), and the horror film history Reel Terror (St Martins Press). Find David on LinkedIn and Facebook.

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