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Derek Hess Launches T-Shirt For Mental Health Awareness Month

Cleveland-based artist Derek Hess has been recognized for his poster work with bands such as Pantera, Pink Floyd, and Pearl Jam, as well as being featured by brands like MTV, Vh1 and TLC.

Hess' art has been featured everywhere from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to the infamous Louvre in Paris. While these accomplishments are celebrated by the outside world, many don't know that there's a bit more going on with Derek Hess than often meets the eye.

Hess has been public about his struggle with alcoholism and bipolar disorder, even releasing an intimate autobiographical documentary, "Forced Perspective" (2016), which has already won awards at the Cleveland International Film Festival, the Beverly Hills Film Festival and many others. "Forced Perspective" showcases the evolution of a renowned artist and his effect on music and culture while highlighting the link between creativity and mental illness.

In acknowledgment of Mental Health Awareness Month, Hess is taking part in several activities to raise awareness for the cause, teaming up with e-commerce company Threadless to create a t-shirt to benefit Hope For The Day, a global non-profit organization achieving proactive suicide prevention by providing outreach and mental health education through self-expression platforms. The "Hemorrhage" design - pictured below - will be available on shirts and triblends in a variety of colors only during the month of May. All proceeds will go to Hope For The Day and with each purchase of the t-shirt, you will get access to the "Forced Perspective" documentary. You can find the design here.

Threadless will also be hosting a viewing of the documentary at their HQ in Chicago, IL on May 22nd at 6:30pm. The viewing will have include live performances from Dustin Currier and Matthew Santos as well as a Q&A with Derek and filmmaker Nick Cavalier. Space is limited and you can RSVP right here.

"Myself and many of us at Threadless and our community have family/friends who struggle with mental health issues. We are proud to support an organization working hard to help others deal with these issues and show they are not alone," says Lance Curran, Artist Shops Account Director for Threadless.

"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," adds Jonny Boucher, Founder & CEO of Hope for the Day.

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