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Elyse Fox    

Elyse Fox

BY MEADOWLARK MONAGHAN

This week we are welcoming the mental-health-stigma busting mama and Sad Girl Queen, Elyse Fox! Elyse started Sad Girls Club as a community to ignite honest conversations around mental health for millennials and Gen Z in 2017. With one of my favorite Mental Health instagram accounts out there, we asked Elyse about social media, boundaries, love.

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HI ELYSE! TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR STORY. WHAT HAS YOUR PERSONAL JOURNEY WITH MENTAL HEALTH BEEN LIKE?

I’m Elyse Fox, I’m from NYC and I have depression and anxiety. My journey is absolutely full of highs and lows, through creating Sad Girls Club I’ve built a community of support and resources that are invaluable to my healing.

WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO THE MENTAL HEALTH SPACE PROFESSIONALLY? TELL US HOW SAD GIRLS CLUB GOT STARTED. 

I released a film called ‘Conversations with Friends’ in 2016 as a tool to show my friends and family the worst year of my depression. The film sparked a greater conversation with young WOC and I saw a need that didn’t exist. I created SGC to build community about a topic that’s incredibly stigmatized and help Gen Z & millennials speak out about their experiences, many for the first time.

I THINK ONE OF THE MANY THINGS SGC HAS BEEN SO GREAT AT IS TURNING THE NEGATIVE RHETORIC OF SOCIAL MEDIA AND MENTAL HEALTH ON IT'S HEAD - YOUR INSTAGRAM PROVIDES A SPACE FOR CONVERSATION, LAUGHS, AND FACTS. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SOCIAL MEDIA AND MENTAL HEALTH PERSONALLY?

I believe social media is a great tool for communication, bonding and spreading awareness. On the other hand it’s all about using it in a way that works best for your mental health. Understanding when social media isn’t the best for you is key and knowing when to step away is imperative. Moderation is important.

HOW IS YOUR WORK-LIFE BALANCE?

Hmmm, I’m not the best at taking a break. We’re a really small team currently fundraising to hire support so I can rest easy. I’m confident we’re headed in a positive direction.

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF/SGC IN THE NEXT YEAR?

I see SGC being a physical space and expanding the conversation outside of the U.S. Living in NYC there’s a lot of privilege to be able to speak about your mental health freely. I understand not many women have that safe space and I will create that for them.

Photo by @tomsonehourphoto Art by FISK

THIS MONTH WE'RE TALKING ABOUT ALL THINGS LOVE: AS A NEW MOM I'M SURE YOU HAVE A WHOLE NEW PERSPECTIVE ON LOVING OTHERS AND SELF LOVE. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE FIRST THINGS YOU THINK OF WHEN IT COMES TO LOVE?

As a new mom I can admit I’m completely obsessed with my baby Basel (haha), he’s taught me a lot about asking for what I deserve and not settling below my worth. I think about fairness, compassion and unconditional support when I think about love.

HOW DO YOU PRACTICE SELF LOVE?

Using the word “no” and being transparent with others when I need a break.

HOW HAS BEING A NEW MOM AFFECTED YOUR MENTAL HEALTH? 

I faced really intense postpartum depression. My partner wasn’t very supportive and it was a struggle to develop a routine. Just like any situation in life you can complain or develop a solution, I began going to therapy, leaning on my support systems and taking moments for ‘me time’ that was helpful.

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SPEED ROUND

BEST HABITS YOU’VE IMPLEMENTED FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTH?

Canceling plans if I feel drained.

FAVORITE RECENT BOOK OR PODCAST?

‘Literally Show Me a Healthy Person’.

WHO WOULD HEADLINE AT YOUR MUSIC FESTIVAL?

Beyoncé, always.

WHAT’S THE LAST MEAL YOU COOKED AT HOME?

Vegan lasagna.

WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU SAID YES TO?

Fashion Week shows.

WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU SAID NO TO?

Attending the fashion week shows haha.