Own Your Stigma – A coversation with Allison and Brian Gilbank

Allison and Brian Gilbank are trying to reduce the stigma of people living with mental illness with t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and mugs.

“You can talk to me about mental health and dogs” or “Be kind to your mind” are just two of the anti-stigma messages on clothing from the online store www.ownyourstigma.com.

Own Your Stigma’s Mission

Everyone is affected by mental illness.

No one is defined by it.

Own Your Stigma was created to open up the conversation around mental illness and help remove all shame, negativity, and guilt that our society has attached to it.

Our goal is to encourage us all to own and embrace our struggles and be okay with opening up, even if it is to a complete stranger. It is important that we share our experiences and stories to heal ourselves and others.

We hope to evolve into a platform for individuals to connect, meet, network, and share their stories with others all over the world. Whether you’ve battled with mental illness personally, or experience it through a loved one, we are with you, we support you, and we want to learn from you.