We sat down with our CEO, Sarah Fader, today to ask her a couple of questions about a hashtag that emerged on Twitter – #MakeMeASockPuppet. We wondered what the origin of this unique hashtag could be. The answer – and what sock puppets mean to Sarah – turned out to be deeper than we ever could have imagined.
What made you decide to start this hashtag?
I was having a hard day. I felt myself crashing from hypomania into depression. I thought long and hard about what to do. Then, it came to me. I wanted a sock puppet. But, I didn’t have any energy to make one. Sure, I could theoretically find an old sock and start crafting a puppet, but the truth is – my heart wasn’t in it. And As Aaron J. Smith says about me, “I live through my heart.” He knows me so well. If he were here right now, I’d ask him to make me a sock puppet. I know he’d do that for me. Unfortunately, he’s not around. So, I’m asking you, who are reading this, to make me a sock puppet. I don’t have googly eyes, that’s another conundrum, I cannot make a sock puppet in good conscience without those. You might have different sock puppet morals. But I can’t let go of that.
What would your ultimate sock puppet look like?
The penultimate sock puppet would have googly eyes at the bare minimum. The ultimate sock puppet would have pipe cleaners for hair, a felt tie, and pinstriped pants. The puppet would have a tongue (obviously) and it would be capable of a variety of expressions, because puppets don’t always smile, contrary to popular sock puppet legend.
Is there something that feels special to you about hand-made and/or personalized crafts?
When someone takes the time and effort to make you an artistic item, it comes out of their soul, directly from the depths of their spirit. I’m so grateful, eternally so, for that individual’s dedication to my mental health in the form of crafting.
What about sock puppets specifically bring you enjoyment?
Anything else you’d like to tell us?
If you’re reading this, I would like you to make me a sock puppet. Please go on Twitter and use the hashtag #MakeMeASockPuppet to support my cause. Thank you!
Sarah Fader is the CEO and Founder of Eliezer Tristan Publishing Company, where she is dedicated to sharing the words of authors who endure and survive trauma and mental illness. She is also the CEO and Founder of Stigma Fighters, a non-profit organization that encourages individuals with mental illness to share their personal stories. She has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Quartz, Psychology Today, The Huffington Post, HuffPost Live, and Good Day New York.
Sarah is a native New Yorker who enjoys naps, talking to strangers, and caring for her two small humans and two average-sized cats. Like six million other Americans, Sarah lives with Bipolar type II, OCD ADHD, and PTSD. Through Stigma Fighters and Eliezer Tristan Publishing Inc., Sarah hopes to change the world, one mental health stigma at a time.