Shining a light on The Funk Academy

Today we are shining a light on one of our brand partnerships. In September t-shirts emblazoned with the message ‘Talk’ were launched by The Funk Academy. A percentage of each sale helps Lamp to support people living with mental health conditions. For each t-shirt sold, £3 is donated to Lamp to increase awareness and help those whose lives are affected by mental illness.

The founder of The Funk Academy Jit, has sat down with us to discuss his brand, mental health and the partnership with Lamp.


What is The Funk Academy?

My business The Funk Academy designs and prints eye-catching clothing, footwear and merchandise which stands out from the crowd and delivers the wow factor. We are a Leicester-based business which draws on a variety of sources for designs and creatively brings them out on each item. We also tailor products to meet the needs of our customers, this includes everything from t-shirts for fundraising activities, stag and hen parties to sporting events and work wear.

What does mental health mean to you?

To me, good mental health means to be happy with the way you are and to believe in yourself. It’s about being in a positive place and not listening to the negativity that surrounds you, and focusing on what you need to do to be happy.

Why did you decide to partner with Lamp?

I decided to partner with Lamp as they are a Leicester-based mental health charity and a small business. During Covid-19, many people are suffering from mental health issues, therefore I wanted to collaborate with Lamp to support residents in Leicestershire during these difficult times. It’s all about supporting the smaller charities and business during the pandemic.

The ‘Talk’ t-shirt campaign has been incredibly popular and has achieved significant local and regional media coverage and excellent traction on social media.

The partnership has enabled me to reach people not just in Leicester, but across the UK about mental health issues. The joint campaign has really got the conversation going about mental health and the importance of talking when you are feeling low.

How do you look after your mental health?

I look after my own well-being/mental health by talking to loved ones on a regular basis. They help me navigate my way through low points and challenges. I focus on my work and try to be as creative as possible. I also enjoy listening to music, going for walks, cooking and watching TV shows.

2020 has taught us to appreciate the small things. What have you appreciated this year?

This year I have really appreciated the kindness I have received from people. Through the ‘Talk’ t-shirt campaign people have been offering their support and have wanted to help me which I am truly grateful for.

I really appreciate all the people who have bought the t-shirts and who have shared their stories on mental health issues. I have also seen that there are so many good and kind people in Leicester and the UK. I feel very proud to be working on this campaign which is making a difference to lives and raising funds for Lamp during a challenging time.


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