Student creates 'heartbeat' earrings to spread suicide awareness

21-year-old student Alesha Pyers has started a jewellery collection to raise money and awareness for mental health and suicide.

She was inspired to set up the collection by her own struggles with mental health, telling The Project that she hit rock-bottom in June last year.

Her six-year battle with depression almost got the better of her, and she "just wanted to go to sleep and not wake up."

She luckily ended up in hospital, and has spent the past year in recovery.

Ms Pyers doesn't want others to what go through what she has, and she's designed and produced an earring collection to heighten awareness around mental health and suicide.

A percentage of the profits go to mental health charities or givealittle funds, and in just one month she's managed to sell 100 pairs through her business Alesha Kerry Collections.

"I definitely encourage people to get active and also get creative," she says.

The earrings are zig-zagged lines, designed to represent the electrical pulse of a heartbeat.

Ms Pyers is putting a nine-caret gold pair up for auction on Trade Me, and all funds raised will go to charity.

She currently runs the on the Instagram account @aleshakerrycollections, and is currently working on launching a website.

For the full interview watch The Project video


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