Valley business supports Bipolar Babe Project

Comox Valley business Secret Drawers Lingerie is supporting the Bipolar Babe Project.

Local business Secret Drawers Lingerie is supporting the Bipolar Babe Project — a mental health anti-stigma program.

Secret Drawers Lingerie owners Nena Bill and Vashi Lehrle heard about this program in local schools and knew they had to help.

“Mental illness touches so many people,” says Bill. “We need more information in our schools to address it.”

For the month of July, partial proceeds of all bra sales will be donated to the project.

The Bipolar Babe Project, part of the Bipolar Disorder Society of British Columbia (BDSBC), has recently expanded its services into Comox Valley schools. The project sends speakers into schools to talk about mental illness, stigma and the speaker’s personal journey with bipolar disorder.

“Kids respond really well to hearing the information from someone who actually has bipolar disorder,” says Andrea Paquette, BDSBC executive director. “It shows the students that in spite of the challenges, people with bipolar disorder can grow up into successful, healthy adults.”

Lehrle reiterates, “We’re pleased to get behind a project that touches so many local families directly.”

Secret Drawers Lingerie has been a local business in downtown Courtenay for 16 years and has previously given to the Boys and Girls Club of the Comox Valley and the Comox Valley Transition Society.

For more information on Secret Drawers Lingerie’s donation, go to http://secretdrawers.com. Information on the BDSBC and the Bipolar Babe Project can be found at http://bipolarbabe.com.

— Secret Drawers