If there’s one thing we know about the ever-evolving world of the fashion industry, it’s an effortless ability to transcend creativity into powerful change. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health disparities have increasingly been on the rise. According to a recent study conducted by Mental Health America, more than 2.5 million youth in the U.S. have severe depression, and multiracial youth are at the greatest risk. Loneliness, isolation and social media are a few factors that have had a direct impact on mental health in recent years and are starting to create a new widespread conversation for changing how we embrace mental health awareness within our daily routine.

With style being a critical aspect of self-expression, individuality and self-identity, fashion brands are taking matters into their hands by destigmatizing mental health issues and debunking toxic positivity, which is neither helpful nor effective when it comes to understanding self-awareness. “One thing, that I would say, every single individual I’ve ever worked with has brought in is anxiety,” said Los Angeles-based clinical psychologist Dr. Ramami Durvasula to Vogue.”One of the most important things is to destigmatize all mental health issues, particularly anxiety, because a lot of people think they’re alone with this.”

This Mental Health Awareness Month, we’re informing you of seven fashion brands that are helping to spread important conversations through fly garments.