Recently, Urban Outfitters was forced to remove one of it's t-shirts from stores. After releasing the crop top which had the word "depression" written all over it, shoppers complained that the store was laughing at the severe mental illness.
"This incident marks Urban Outfitters' second accusation of social inappropriateness. A couple of years ago, the retail outlet tried to sell a shirt which had the words "Eat Less" written in large font. Soon after, One Tree Hillactress, Sophia Bush set out to boycott the store in her disgust towards the promotion of anorexia.
Now, the store is being boycotted yet again for making light of depression, an illness which affects many year after year. After continuous complaints about the shirt, Urban Outfitters acted by reducing the price from $59 to $9.99.
After price reductions failed to please the public, the store issued a brief apology on Twitter and removed the shirt off their shelves.
What do you think about Urban Outfitters' shirt? Should they continue to sell this sort of clothing? Let us know with your comments!
Hélène Boudreau's 152K Instagram followers are used to seeing her post about nights on the town, tattoos, art and OnlyFans. But earlier this week, the Quebec content creator used her platform to talk about something out of the ordinary: her mental health, including her borderline personality disorder diagnosis.
She said she wanted to raise awareness because "it's important to talk about mental illness, to support people who are suffering."
In a series of Instagram stories on September 21, Boudreau opened up about her mental health after posting a photo of a $24,000 cheque she wrote to Fondation Casse-Tête.
"A lot of people ask me what this foundation is, it's a foundation for mental illnesses that helps people who are suffering, and I've been diagnosed as [having] borderline [personality disorder] since 2017. I think it's important to talk about mental health openly and support those that are affected," Boudreau said.
"Unfortunately, even in 2021, it's not well recognized. People suffering from borderline, bipolar, anxiety and depression are still being judged, still being singled out."
According to Quebec.ca, people with borderline personality disorder "have an intense fear of losing loved ones" and "feel easily rejected or abandoned by others, which creates conflicts in their social relationships."
This disorder, therefore, affects the way a person acts, thinks and behaves as well as their emotions and self-image.
Boudreau, the new owner of two Montreal triplexes, finished by emphasizing that it's important for people to have a better understanding of this subject in order to support those who juggle mental health disorders on a daily basis, without judging them.
"I still remember when I was diagnosed in 2017 as if it was shameful to be borderline and have a mental illness. I swore to myself that I wouldn't talk about it to anyone as if it were a curse. You can never get over it but you can learn to live with it. Today I live in harmony with my borderline personality disorder and I am 0% ashamed to talk about it because it's normal," she said.
If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or mental health concerns, please reach out to a trusted peer, parent or health care professional. You can also contact a helpline which is available 24 hours a day to talk. Or click here, for additional resources.
If you need immediate assistance please call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest hospital. Support is available.
If you don't have a side hustle, then you probably know someone who does. It's become the key small-business buzzword in recent times — and for good reason.
Many millennials and zoomers are coming to the realization that a corporate nine-to-five job doesn't suit what they want in life. For some, the restriction of the 40-hour workweek is unappealing, while others struggle to find work that aligns with their personal values.
As a result, many people have started, or are thinking about starting, their own small businesses. From artisan charcuterie boards to multi-product e-commerce ventures, small businesses can be the way to live out your entrepreneurial dream and find your "why."
Whether you're looking to open an online store, provide a service or cook delicious food, all small businesses have one thing in common today: the need to get noticed on the web. This can seem daunting, but getting your online presence up and running doesn't have to be a costly nightmare, especially if you use a one-stop-shop service like GoDaddy.
For a small fee, you can secure the perfect domain, get access to beautiful website templates and build your brand on a user-friendly platform. Plus, GoDaddy has recently launched some new tools in Canada (like e-commerce and marketing integrations) to make running a small business online even easier.
As you build your brand, it's important to remember that launching a small business is about more than just a website. Building a community, developing your social media strategy and keeping an eye on your finances may sound time-consuming and potentially costly, but where there's a will (and these seven tips), there's a way.
If you've been in the dreaming phase of your entrepreneurial journey for what seems like ages, sit down and plot it out. When you feel the nine-to-five life isn't the key to your career fulfillment, it's time to acknowledge that and start rounding up the "buts" you've been using to justify not starting.
You've got to start somewhere, so find solutions to your concerns and map out how you can get your business idea off the ground.
Even if your business isn't entirely virtual, there's no way for potential customers to find you if you aren't showing up where they are — online. And one of the best ways to be spotted online is through the use of proper SEO (or search engine optimization). GoDaddy Websites + Marketing provides an easy set up experience to help your website get found online, no professional SEO experience needed.
If you're not sure where to start in the e-commerce landscape, that's understandable. GoDaddy’s Online Store combines a sleek ecommerce store, powerful selling tools and flexible shipping and payment options. They will also be introducing a Marketplace integration next year so Quebec entrepreneurs can leverage popular digital markets like Amazon and eBay Marketplace all from one dashboard.
There's plenty of free advice out there if you know where to look. Seek out the small business mentors on Instagram, Medium, or Quora, and take in all the tips, tricks and advice you can.
Reach out to your offline circles, too. That once-removed aunt who runs a small B&B on Vancouver Island? She knows her way around financials and might be able to teach you a thing or two about keeping your accounting in good shape. That local shop that you absolutely love? Drop by and befriend the owners — they can help you know what to expect as you get your business off the ground.
The best champions of small businesses know just how challenging running one can be. Seek community over competition and you'll find valuable skills to help your new venture thrive.
Your time is valuable, especially when levelling up your side hustle into a small business. There are plenty of free or low-cost tools available to help you cut back on the busywork. Invoicing can be a breeze with platforms that do all the heavy lifting for you, for example. Email funnels and sequences can save you time and keep your new subscribers engaged without you having to put in much work after the initial setup.
When it comes to social content, manually posting to multiple online platforms is becoming a thing of the past. GoDaddy's Instagram Direct Publishing Feature cuts back on the labour of managing followers and curating feeds with the ability to schedule, publish and monitor posts all from within the GoDaddy Websites + Marketing dashboard.
A product that is only "okay" can be tough to sell. With quality products, the marketing basically does itself through repeat customers and word of mouth. On the other hand, it's virtually impossible to win back a customer who has had a poor experience with you (and to prevent them from cautioning others about your business).
Keep a personal touch, so you can make customers feel special, and so you can stand out against larger corporations.
Chances are that your initial launch will feel like flying by the seat of your pants, and that's okay. Once you've figured out what works and what doesn't, cut the fluff and document your processes for keeping things running smoothly.
If it's just for you, or you have a small team, having a system to follow helps ensure that each customer and order receives the best care. Streamline your processes and take advantage of some of the other tips, like automation, to make each task as simple as following points one through three.
Keep Your Work Life Separate From Your Personal Life (Especially Your Finances)
Eventually, if your business has grown large enough, you might choose to incorporate. Until then, it's a smart idea to keep your business and personal finances separate. Even if your launch goes swimmingly, don't go spending all your hard-earned money at once.
Set up rules and automatic deposits in your designated business accounts to save a percentage of income for taxes. Come April, you'll breathe a sigh of relief knowing that you had funds set aside to pay any taxes.
Starting small, like with the seven tips above, is a great way to get your business idea going, and it sure beats waiting for all the pieces to perfectly align. In reality, those pieces won't fall into place without your actions, your commitment to growth and learning, and just buckling down and making it happen.
GoDaddy Websites + Marketing combines professional website templates with tools to make getting started a breeze. Once your site is up and running, their social integrations can help you to reach customers with ease. Just think where you and your business idea could be in a month or in a year — your imagination truly is the limit.
"I had such a visceral reaction to the ducks," she told MTL Blog.
"I immediately fell in love with them. It was a rainy afternoon when I stumbled upon the store and that discovery just made my day. I ended up buying a bunch of ducks for friends and family and I thought to myself, I’m going to open a duckie store in Montreal."
After opening in late spring 2020, Petropoulos thought her shop would be mostly popular with tourists, but with limited visitors to the city thanks to the pandemic, local Montrealers have become her best customers.
"I have been delighted and overwhelmed with the local support and enthusiasm for the shop and am very appreciative of how Montrealers have come, shopped local, and supported a small business like mine."