Fashion designer, LadyCat’s Alexandra Nyman, announces new collection, comment on generational trauma

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NYC, NEW YORK, USA, Jan. 22, 2023 /EINPresswire.com/ — Fashion designer Alexandra Nyman of LadyCat is thrilled to announce her third showcase at New York Fashion Week. The collection, titled “Marry Me Betty” is a commentary on generational trauma and a critique of Mayor Adams’ expansion of Kendra’s Law, which forcibly hospitalizes those who appear to show signs of mental illness.

“We are defaulting to an extreme that takes away basic human rights,” Matt Kudish, CEO of the New York chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, said in a statement.

Kendra’s Law should be talked about as a last resort, not a citywide mental health solution. This fundamental misunderstanding about the impact of Kendra’s Law or AOT on increasing access to mental health care has historically led to significant racial disparities across the state. According to a report by the New York State Office of Mental Health, minorities are more likely to be the recipients of court orders that require treatment or medication. And people who have been hospitalized before and have no history of abuse are often the targets of Kendra’s Law.

“I strongly believe that this law creates barriers to quality mental health care by creating fear of forced treatment and undermining a person’s trust in the health care system. Being forcibly hospitalized is one of the most traumatic things an individual can experience,” Nyman said passionately about it, noting the current expansion of Kendra’s Law by the Mayor.

“A member of my family was forcibly hospitalized several times when he was at university due to a mental health crisis, and was confronted by an officer, instead of a mental health professional , did not remedy the situation, but escalated it.

“People with behavioral health issues are marginalized and face stigma that can lead to serious consequences. This policy perpetuates the belief that many people believe that people with mental health issues are dangerous. But in reality, they are more likely to be victims of crime and excessive use of force by the police than to cause harm,” said Alexandra Nyman, LadyCat’s Founder and Creative Director.

Of her collection, Alexandra Nyman said: “For me, it’s a repeat of history, and our failure to learn from it. One of my mom’s earliest memories is seeing two men in white coats come into her house to pull my grandmother out of the house for electroconvulsive therapy. In the 1960s, bipolar 1 disorder was classified as manic-depressive and, unfortunately, a common treatment was ECT.

“This event triggered a generational trauma in my family, creating resistance to mental health assistance in my mother, even in her adult life. Fortunately, my grandmother did not give up asking for help. help for his mental health and continued to get help, despite being mistreated by the system.

Nyman will be featured at Break Free, to be held on Saturday, February 11, and all proceeds from this showcase will go to the Break Free Foundation, whose purpose is to provide scholarships to help those seeking treatment for a disorder related to substance use through attending a rehabilitation center.

The Break Free NYFW Designer Showcase serves as an awareness campaign, as attendees will listen to attendees discuss their experiences with mental health, substance use and concurrent disorders, and the impact they have on people in recovery. Ashley Alt of VALT, Duriki Apparel and Zephyr are also featured, with a speech delivered on the runway by Kimberly Blair of NAMI NYC to announce their new concurrent disorders support group, as well as to recruit for their new co-occurr. Disorders subcommittee.

Nyman hopes her message of breaking free from generational trauma and continuing to seek mental health treatment will resonate with others. She passionately urges members of the New York legislature to pass Daniel’s Law, which treats mental health as a public health issue and not a threat to public safety, and has mental health professionals as first responders. in the event of a mental health crisis.

You can catch LadyCat’s show at Break Free NYFW on Saturday, February 11, tickets are available on Eventbrite.com.

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