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“I find beauty in imperfections, in things that go against the grain and what’s trending."

Intrepid and ever-inspiring, Elyse Fox is proof that when you take matters into your own hands, the possibilities are endless. While growing up, Elyse—like countless others around the world—didn’t have the necessary support, solutions, or language to even begin to unpack the mental strife she was experiencing. It was only later in life that she decided to take action herself. Through an extremely personal documentary film she made in December 2016, she learned how to articulate her internal struggles with depression—and as soon as she did, she learned she wasn’t alone.

Fortified and inspired by the response she received, Elyse decided to create the support system she never had growing up—and thus, Sad Girls Club was born.

An all-female community that aims to normalize mental illness and provide a safe space for those struggling with it, Sad Girls Club consists of the sort of soul-nourishing, in-person meet-ups, like poetry readings and group therapy sessions, that encourage an open dialogue about mental illness.

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“I think New York was a great place to start Sad Girls Club. In New York, you can really be yourself and no one will question you.”

I want everyone to know that mental health and mental illness doesn’t have a particular look or face or age demographic. Looking at someone, it might seem like they have everything going for them, but you can never really tell how someone is feeling or what they’re struggling with internally just by looking at them.”

“I find beauty in imperfections, in things that go against the grain and what’s trending. It’s funny because the girls in Sad Girls Club often talk about aspects of themselves that make them different in a negative way—and it’s always those traits that I find to be the most beautiful.”

“I honestly think that if you’re having a bad day and you feel like you don’t look your best, putting on your favorite sweater or a vibrant print or color can really uplift your mood and brighten your day. The pops of color in these clothes, as well as the different patterns and textures, were so fun to play around with.”

“I think New York was a great place to start Sad Girls Club. In New York, you can really be yourself and no one will question you.”

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