The Madhappy Classics Models On What Mental Health Means to Them

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We’re excited to introduce another chapter of our Classics collection with a new spring palette and updates to our core styles.

Our Classics Fleece Hoodie is made with our premium combed cotton fabric. Paired with our signature hood-stitch detail, the garment features a kangaroo pocket, ribbed cuffs and hem with Madhappy logo front embroidery. It offers a relaxed fit with an inset side panel, double needle stitching, and a drop shoulder.

The Classics Fleece Sweatpant is made with our premium combed cotton fabric. Featuring an elastic waistband and cuff with adjustable drawcords, and white Madhappy logo front embroidery, it’s developed to fit true-to-size and be worn year round.

We’re also introducing a new Classics Twill Overshirt, made with our premium cotton twill. The garment features two front chest pockets with button closures, paired alongside a back yoke with pleated details to add volume to the body of the piece. It’s an everyday essential, designed to fit oversized at the perfect body length, and made to layer.

To celebrate our first Classics collection since launching The Madhappy Foundation, we brought together the stars of our campaign to tell us what mental health means to them, below. 

The Madhappy Classics collection is available now at Madhappy.com & Madhappy Melrose.

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Dom Roberts

What does mental health mean to you?

Mental health, to me, is a form of optimal wellness. We look at physical health, and if we are injured, and people see that it’s a physical injury, we can see it. With mental health, when we’re going through depression or having a hard time, we don’t see that same pain or physical hurt in front of our eyes, we’re just dealing with it mentally. So, mental wellness is just as important as physical wellness. To me, it is something to always prioritize and never put on the back burner. The same way we take care of ourselves outwardly, we should take care of ourselves inwardly. 

I would say my first real mental health experience was when I moved out to LA during college. My first struggle was with depression. I didn't leave my bed for three days. It was scary, and I didn’t know what I was dealing with. I genuinely thought I was physically ill. Through talking to friends, they were like, “you sound depressed.” At the time, I felt like if someone were to say the word “depressed,” it meant you had to go to a mental hospital or be impatient. Realistically, it’s a universal experience that so many people have. 

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Amalie Gassmann

What does mental health mean to you?

Being comfortable with myself and taking the time to nourish my body, soul, and mind. Take a break from the hectic everyday life. Just really taking a moment for myself. 

How do you practice self-care?

Therapy, working out, going on long walks with no distractions, maybe some music. Going to bed early, and having a routine. 

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Delilah Summer

What does mental health mean to you?

How you feel inside. 

What are you proud of yourself for?

I am proud of myself for being so independent and getting out of bed every day. 

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Sean Lyles 

What does mental health mean to you?

Staying disciplined to keep your head in the right space. 

What emotion do you feel most often?

Excitement. Because I live life by e-mail, so every day I wake up, and it’s a new movie. 

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Daniel Seavey

What does mental health mean to you?

Mental health, to me, is a puzzle I am still trying to solve. I think growing up, you have this carefree amount of not caring. I think especially for creative people like us, or just anybody, the more you grow up, the more it’s a battle that you didn’t even know you were fighting. I think surrounding yourself with people you love is the best thing you can do to get through all that mental health stuff. 

What keeps you up at night?

I have this really nice TV in my room, and it’s just always playing something. So I’ll be up all night watching youtube and things like that. 

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Alexis Ren

What does mental health mean to you?

It’s the foundation of everything. So, it starts everything. Without it, you can’t manifest or project into the external world. 

How do you deal with disappointment?

I always go back to the trust part of life. Like, it’s happening for me, not to me. So even in the moments of disappointment, I’m just like, “I wasn’t supposed to have this.” I can dream all I want, but god has an answer for everything. He’s like, “that’s part of the plan.” 

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Ugo Mozie 

What does mental health mean to you?

To me, it means everyday lifestyle, everyday people; it’s everyone. It is the most normal part of human beings, and it’s as normal as breathing. So, taking care of your mental health is as important as taking care of any aspect of your health and of your body.

What makes you feel optimistic?

Living. The ability to wake up every day, meet new people, experience something new, experience a new place to travel. I think just every day, the idea of life makes me feel optimistic. 

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Stella Banderas

What does mental health mean to you?

Taking care of your whole self to be the best version of yourself for yourself and everyone around you. 

How have you built self-confidence?

Being able to laugh at your mistakes. And just being able to remember that we are all going through different versions of the same things is reassuring. 

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Sofia Villarroel

What does mental health mean to you?

Stability and staying on top of what you believe in, what you stand for in your values in terms of everything. 

What does your happy place look like?

Sandy and beachy. 

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Edwin Roman

What does mental health mean to you?

Being in a good spot physically, mentally, and spiritually. Not caring about what others think, being secure in who you are, being yourself no matter what rather than conforming to society or what others think you should do—staying true to yourself always, no matter what.

What are you grateful for today?

Waking up this morning. Breathing. Having endless opportunities to do things.

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Ty Haney

What does mental health mean to you?

Waking up and feeling your best every day. Ready to maximize your potential. I would think of it kind of as steady energy. Not too up, not too down, but cruising. 

How do you talk to yourself?

TYB, baby. Try your best. It’s something my mom always used to tell me when I was little, going out the door for soccer practice, slumber parties, or school. So I have these little mantras like TYB and I say those to myself daily. 

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Alex Midler

What does mental health mean to you?

Feeling comfortable with yourself. 

What holds you back?

Fear of failure.

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Chase Carter

What does mental health mean to you?

Mental health means a great deal to me. I have struggled with it since I was 4-years-old. So how open and honest people are about it now and how everyone has come together to normalize it is really beautiful. It means a lot how everyone’s created a team around mental health. 

What are you most proud of yourself for?

I am proud of myself for jumping into the role of motherhood and just taking it as it goes, and not letting my anxiety take over because it is such an anxious time. So I am proud of myself for going with the flow.

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Kevin McIntosh Jr.

What does mental health mean to you?

Clarity and being at peace with your mind and yourself. 

Where do you find yourself being most creative?

On the go. 

How have you built self-confidence?

I have built self-confidence by believing in myself. I think I was raised from a place of love and believing that I can do things. When I didn’t like how something made me feel or when something made me feel negative, I could change it. So, that being said, I have always been quite ambitious, enterprising, and outgoing. I just kind of built myself up. I have kept myself throughout the years in a space where I feel comfortable and where I feel like I am being my best self. So that has always allowed me to be self-confident. And I am a big shit talker, so you kind of also have to be confident if you’re going to talk your shit. 

What keeps you up at night?

So, I’ve always said that I never really want to become an entrepreneur because I slept well at night. And now I am an entrepreneur, and I don’t sleep as well. But it’s a different kind of sleep. And I think that the things that keep me up sometimes range anything from the difference between a nanny and an au pair or if my assistant remembered to send or added something to my calendar. Even if I don’t sleep well during the week, I make sure I get a lot of rest on the weekends.  

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Chuck Bennett

What does mental health mean to you?

Mental health to me means maintaining balance and taking care of myself on a day-to-day basis. Checking in and making sure I am not getting overwhelmed or too stressed about anything. Listening to the signals that my body gives me and if I need to make changes. 

What makes you feel optimistic? 

I think what makes me feel optimistic is when I spend quality time with my friends and I’m off my cell phone and just enjoying good conversation and intimate relationships in person. 

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Delilah Belle

What does mental health mean to you?

Well, everyone has mental health. I think mental health is the most important thing currently in my life right now. I have been working on it – I journal, meditate and do a lot of self-care.  Just checking in with myself. I listen to native coyote healing songs for my anxiety and have been doing sweat lodges. 

What are you proud of yourself for?

I am proud of myself for how far I’ve come in the past year. I have learned how to set boundaries, I have learned self-respect, and I have learned that I have to do what makes me happy. I am really proud of myself for making decisions that are good for me.  

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Sophie Rothschild

What does mental health mean to you?

I mean, I struggle a lot with anxiety. So I think just getting to a place where you’re at peace and accepting what’s going on and doing things that make you happy and surrounding yourself with people who make you feel happy—feeling the support.

What does your happy place look like?

Definitely somewhere tropical with friends and my family. I genuinely love being with friends. I am a people person, and I love being around people, so that definitely helps. 

Bre Townsend

What does mental health mean to you?

Just waking up and having a routine so that you are just invested in taking care of yourself. Invest energy into yourself, so you can be the best version of yourself wherever you are. 

What is something you are grateful for today?

I am grateful to be here and be on a set. This is my dream to style, and I am grateful to have met you all. You guys have been pushing me to model, and I see that as a blessing and as a sign from god. So I am grateful to have met you guys and to be here. 

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Yonathan Napolean

What does mental health mean to you?

Mental health, to me, is a never ending journey of evolution. It means taking care of yourself and constantly striving for spiritual health. 

What is something that has made you smile recently?

Seeing my mother find happiness in her new business endeavors and the peace of mind that has come with becoming her own boss. 

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Chris Choker

What does mental health mean to you?

Mental health to me is stability. Being able to feel stable in yourself and your surroundings. The way that you perceive the world, feeling like you are able to rely on your emotions to carry you where you need to go. 

Where is your most creative space?

Probably the studio. Just making music. So like, my home studio. 

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Griffin Gluck

What does mental health mean to you?

I talk about mental health a lot. My family has a history with mental health [struggles]. I’ve lost friends and family because of it, so it’s really important and means a lot to me. I feel like there’s a lot of toxic masculinity [that can have an impact on mental health]. I am an emotional being, and I like to talk things out with my friends.

How do you deal with disappointment?

People take shit too seriously. Disappointments are only a disappointment if you set your expectations really high. I try to have low expectations, which might sound negative, but I find myself to be positively surprised very often. 

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Jack Gilinsky

What does mental health mean to you?

To me, mental health is about making sure you’re living life with the most genuine joy possible.

Geneva Patterson

What does mental health mean to you?

Mental health to me is actively working towards being able to navigate through any life situation that’s thrown at you, in the best way you’re capable of.

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Rachel Ly

What does mental health mean to you?

Mental health to me is an ouroboros process of mistakes, forgiveness, and growth. It’s the gentleness we carry learning that process at every stage this lottery of life spits out.

How do you practice self-health?

Reading, journaling, staying in, calling my mom, calling my sisters, communicating with truth and compassion especially when it’s difficult to do, spending time with trees, and centering myself when I stray from my path.

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Elisha Herbert

What does mental health mean to you?

Mental health to me means overall health. It’s the thing we as humans should prioritize the most, yet is least prioritized by most people, including myself a lot of the time. I had to learn the hard way. What I and a lot of people don’t realize is that the biggest impact on your physical health is your mental health. If you don’t manage your stress and anxiety, it causes so many problems, from hair loss and acne to high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes. If that doesn’t single-handedly prove how important mental health is, I don’t know what does.

What do you look for in a support system?

A support system is super important to me. Being a twin, I've been incredibly lucky to have someone by my side throughout my entire life who is there for me no matter what and who I will always reciprocate that for. Still, I think one of the most beautiful things about life is that even if you don't feel you have any family you can rely on, you get to choose your own family through all the people around you. If you truly want a strong support system, rather than relying on other people to support you, be the person other people can rely on, and naturally, that will be reciprocated. I live by that. Be the energy you want to attract. 

Being a twin has taught me the importance of that –vocalizing your feelings to someone else, realizing you're never alone in the way you feel, and just to say, "help me, I'm sad." It's so important to overcome that sense of shame you feel to be vulnerable, just to normalize feeling anxious or sad. 

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Renee Herbert

What does mental health mean to you?

Mental health means absolutely everything to me. I’ve experienced the effects of not prioritizing my mental health, and now I always make a conscious effort to consistently check up on myself and take care of myself. It’s my number one priority. Being a human is complicated and not feeling okay is a completely normal human emotion that is so important to normalize talking about. Our generation has been a lot more proactive about taking away the stigma of mental illness, making it okay to feel a certain way. Social media is one of the main ways our generation has been able to be open and real, and although it can be a really good way to bring awareness and normalize mental illness and make us feel less alone, social media can also have a negative impact on our mental health. It’s the perfect platform for people to imitate a fabricated unrealistic lifestyle. So keep that in mind and never compare.

How do you practice mindfulness?

Being mindful is actually being mindless. The more you have going on in your mind, the less aware and conscious you are. I’ve learned that there’s no benefit in believing my normal human emotion means there’s something inherently wrong with me. I’ve learned to accept the way I feel. I’ve learned I have to embrace the bad times to get to the good ones. I practice mindfulness through meditation, breathing,  journaling, and clearing my mind. I also benefit from taking phone breaks. I can easily get extremely anxious, and the best way to calm myself down is to look around and think about the things I’m looking at and what I’m doing instead of thinking of that anxious thought—essentially replacing it with thinking about the present moment. Practicing being mindful is also about being kind to others. It’s so important to be mindful of the people around you and to be kind to everyone because you don’t know what they’re going through.

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Mari Llewellyn

What does mental health mean to you?

Mental health is the center of everything I do. You can’t have a healthy body without having a healthy mind first.

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