During lockdown husband and wife team Shaun and Priscilla Byrne were having a discussion about prevalent mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, and their desire to open up the conversation in the public sphere.
Out of these chats, the idea for a new business venture was born and Feelz clothing was launched last month.
The Portadown-based company’s ethos is centred around encouraging people to wear their feelings on their chest which will hopefully act as a conversation starter. The designs feature the words: Love, Depression, Anxiety, Hero.
Shaun, who has suffered from anxiety and depression most of his adult life, says talking about his emotions “definitely helps him” and he encourages others to start the conversation.