Creating care packages for those with mental health issues

When Mallory Gothelf lost her startup job during the pandemic, she created a startup of her own with Find Your Self Boxes.
2:31 | 07/31/20

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We're back with the mental health advocate who lost her job after coronavirus hit, answering that challenge with a start up of her own providing boxes of pandemic self-care. My name is Mallory. I'm 25 years old. I am the founder and chief box giver at find yourself boxes located in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to the pandemic I was working full time. I also was doing mental health advocacy outside of that. The reason public speaking became so important for me was because it gave my illness purpose. When I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder at the age of 15, I wasn't sure why. I always asked why me? Why do I have to go through this? When I finally got the strength and courage to talk about these things, I realized that was my why. If I was going to struggle, I could use my story to help someone else. When the pandemic hit originally, I was working at my job. As a start up, unfortunately about three fourths of our staff was cut. I was one of the cuts. I processed all those emotions. I said I'm not the only one feeling it. How do I take this and move forward? The next day I woke up and said I'm going to launch my business. The business idea originally started with was the self-care packages. I didn't want them to be a pretty self-care package that someone could send. I wanted it to have real substance and meaning for people struggling with their mental health. I also wanted them to be a way to bridge the gap between people struggling and their loved ones. Business has been surprisingly good considering the pandemic. I think I was worried this was a difficult and tricky time to launch a business. We sold out our inventory day one. Within a month we sold over 100 boxes. I think care packages are so important during the pandemic because we are physically isolated. It just adds a little fun and excitement and healing to an experience we're all going through in this pandemic. This business is what I would like to do full time. It's an unprecedented time where you can have the opportunity to pivot. It's hard to frame it as an opportunity. I know that's difficult because this is such a stressful time. Sometimes that reframe of seeing it as an opportunity makes all the difference in showing you some new light. What a beautiful idea and a beautiful business. Thank you, Mallory.

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