Cleveland based illustrator Derek Hess has created posters for Vans Warped Tour, Pantera and Pink Floyd, along with being featured in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but now the designer is using his talents to help support Hope For The Day, a global non-profit organization achieving proactive suicide prevention by providing outreach and mental health education through self-expression platforms.

Check out this amazing shirt he's designed for the organization below!

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Hess has made his struggles with mental illness clear in the past with his award-winning documentary titled Forced Perspective. This intimate documentary “showcases the evolution of a renowned artist and his effect on music and culture while highlighting the link between creativity and mental illness.”

Considering May is Mental Health Awareness month, Hess has posted images of his art every day this month on Instagram and Facebook along with talking about his struggle with mental illness. Check out a few of the posts below.

 

May 15 – Forsake – being dual diagnosed, I battle with bipolar and alcoholism. Often the feeling of abandonment from others due to your behavior caused by either or both becomes overwhelming. Much like being lost at sea and floundering with hope slipping right through your fingers. ____________________ Everyday this month for Mental Health Awareness Month I will be posting an image of mine that depicts my battle with Dual Diagnosis. . . . #art #drawing #draw #drawings #artist #artwork #cle #cleveland #thisiscle #mixedmedia #penandink #heart #mentalhealth #addict #anxiety #dualdiagnosis #bipolar #depression #mentalillness #psychology #selfcare #suicide #suicideprevention #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthawarenessmonth #endstigma #actingout #mentalhealthmonth

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May 12 – From Cradle to Rage – bipolar, chemical dependency, schizophrenia…they are diseases, you’re are born with them, you don’t acquire them, it’s not learned behavior. The learned behavior is how you choose to cope with it. Many don’t cope well, myself included. The behavior learned tends to be self-destructive. With knowledge of what you have and how the diseases affects you one can start to manage the symptoms. The disease unfortunately is chronic and will be with you for your life. The choice to manage is always there and there are many places to get support and help….you just need to choose when you’ve had enough. ____________________ Everyday this month for Mental Health Awareness Month I will be posting an image of mine that depicts my battle with Dual Diagnosis. . . . #art #drawing #draw #drawings #artist #artwork #cle #cleveland #thisiscle #mixedmedia #penandink #heart #mentalhealth #addict #anxiety #dualdiagnosis #bipolar #depression #mentalillness #psychology #selfcare #suicide #suicideprevention #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthawarenessmonth #endstigma #actingout #mentalhealthmonth

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Hess is also working with Threadless to create an amazing shirt to raise awareness along with benefitting Hope For The Day. This shirt, avaliable in a variety of colors, will only be avaliable during the month of May and every purchase also includes a link to watch Forced Perspective completely free. Even better, all proceeds will benefit Hope For The Day and the amazing work they do.

Threadless is also hosting a screening of Forced Perspective at their headquarters in Chicago, IL on May 22. This screening will include live performances from Dustin Currier and Matthew Santos, along with a Q&A with Hess and filmmaker Nick Cavalier. You can attend this event completely free after RSVPing here.

“It is an honor to work with Derek and Threadless on this project during Mental Health Month. It is truly amazing to see the impact we can make and what we can accomplish as a community that refuses to stay silent about mental health,” said Jonny Boucher, Founder & CEO of Hope for the Day.

Do you plan on picking up this amazing shirt? Let us know in the comments!