VANCOUVER (660 NEWS) — Many individuals battle in silence, unable to afford counselling.
That’s why B.C. firm WIRTH Hats makes use of a portion of each sale to pay for the remedy of somebody in want.
Founder Ben Miller first began making hats after his pal Jakob Wirth took his personal life in 2014. Three months earlier than his demise, Wirth instructed Miller his dream was to begin his personal hat firm.
“He stated he wished to placed on hats that made folks excited to place them on each morning,” stated Miller.
“We talked rather a lot about that main as much as his demise.”
The 2 met as college students in Copenhagen. In 2015, Miller returned to Europe with 25 hats for Wirth’s household and mates with particular tags that learn:
“WIRTH Hats are in reminiscence of Jakob Wirth, who handed away final yr. Jakob’s dream was to create a hat firm that individuals would love, so right here’s to WIRTH Hats. Could these hats function a reminder that when going by way of tough instances, there are at all times folks to achieve out to, as we’re by no means alone as we typically assume we’re.”
Miller believed that’s the place WIRTH Hats would finish, however in 2017, he misplaced one other pal to suicide.
Miller additionally met Philipp Altenburg whereas learning in Copenhagen, the 2 had been thesis companions and remained shut after commencement.
A mutual pal reached out to Miller following Altenburg’s demise, asking if he had any hats leftover from when their pal Jakob Wirth died. Miller says that’s when he knew he needed to do one thing, and determined to begin the corporate.
In 2018, WIRTH Hats was launched with a particular objective, serving to these in want entry counselling companies like remedy.
“Once we maintain issues in, they’ll come out in different methods. In each Jakob and Phillip’s case, neither sought skilled assist – which is painful to consider now – however sadly, it’s a typical pattern,” Miller says on the WIRTH web site.