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Placebos featured in Shoutout Colorado had the good fortune of connecting with Merrily Talbott, founder of Placebos Mints, and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Merrily, what principle do you value most? What drives my business is the idea that our minds are powerful and that taking care of our mental health is a priority. When I was in my early 20s, I started therapy in an effort to make sense of my dysfunctional family. Over the years, I’ve lost a friend to suicide, seen kids I care about become drug addicts as well as watched strong, independent women fall victim to domestic abuse. These are serious issues that have affected me deeply. Twenty-five years ago I was teaching peer counseling to teenagers and trying to reduce the stigma of asking for help with the daily social-emotional issues that we all face. I think this was kind of a fringe idea at the time. When the recession hit, the funding for this program was the first thing to be cut. Now, I think the culture is coming around to this idea that mental health struggles are a very real issue and that we’ve got to do something about it. I have been committed to figuring out ways to support people with mental health for my entire career. Placebos® Mints & Gum are just one of my creative solutions to this.

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