To provide a way for people to express support to their friends who are suffering from various negative mindsets. Giving the gift of of Placebos mints says, “I’m with you” in a fun, lighthearted way.
To provide a way for people to practice mindfulness, visualizing the positive benefit they desire and believing it can happen.
To provide practical suggestions for how to handle a variety of issues, reminding people that they are not alone, that there is hope, and that there is action they can take to begin to free themselves of difficulties.
Making a difference:
A portion of profits is donated to mental health organizations. We contribute to making a positive difference in the field of mental health, specifically with supporting young people in developing effective social-emotional skills.
We're proud to support Choose Love Movement, an organization born from the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, that teaches children and adults across the country to choose love every day. Check them out here.
Merrily has been a student of psychology since she was a little girl, often observing people and wondering why they did the things they did. She studied educational psychology at Vanderbilt University and went on to become a teacher, co-founding a K12 school in Colorado, directing a non-profit peer counseling organization, and
spending the next 25 years working with kids and families on many levels. One of her favorite educational experiences was teaching psychology at Aspen High School, often performing experiments with her students. In the summer of 2015, she was surveying Breckenridge visitors for the tourism office, when one respondent said she had been suffering from altitude sickness (Breckenridge is at 9600 ft above sea level). Someone had given the woman a Rolaids, which cured her almost immediately. Merrily knew it was not the antacid tablet that provided relief from altitude sickness, but that woman’s belief that it would work that did the trick. At that moment, the idea for Placebos mints was born.
The more Merrily worked on developing Placebos: mints you can believe in!, the more fun she had with giving people something tangible to help them practice mindfulness and positive visualization. The scroll inside offering practical suggestions of how to handle the various issues seemed like a great way to make Placebos not just a fun gift, but something that could actually help people.