Meet the Founder
Hey! I'm Mackenzie. I just turned 20 and I'm entering my third year of college at Heartland where I'm playing my final year of softball. I created MackenziePaige during my Senior year of HighSchool, it's a line of handmade hair accessories. When covid hit, it picked up as I sewed over 2,000 face masks during the pandemic!! MackenziePaige eventually released a Mental Health Awareness line that has now sparked into Stay Another Day.
I struggled with mental health all throughout high school, but did such a good job distracting myself and putting on a front that I was okay, no one would’ve noticed. I never knew how much mental health could affect someone and the people around them until I struggled with mental health myself. My dad, Chris, and sister Kylee, have been a great help in my mental wellness journey. They are also owners of Stay Another Day LTD and have been a great help in making all my visions become a reality - I am so grateful for them! They are two of the reasons I am still here today. We are all so passionate about helping break this bad stigma around mental health.
As I went on to play college softball, my mental health started to get worse and worse. I fell into a terrible low I didn’t think I would make it out of. I kept all of my feelings in and I wasn’t sure how to express them. I wasn’t taking care of myself at all, I was losing weight, making bad choices for my overall health, and excluding myself from most social interactions because I didn’t want people to know about the terrible low I was in. From crying during practices, to not being able to make it through a whole class period without having a mental breakdown, people slowly started to notice how bad I truly was doing. Things got so bad that I almost took my own life multiple times. I didn’t know what to do anymore. I decided to admit myself to a mental hospital in hopes that it would put me on the right path of getting better.
Now that I’m out of that terrible low I want to help others see that brighter days really are coming. It’s okay to be sad, once you acknowledge how you’re feeling, and speak up about it, it makes it so much easier to get better. “Stay Another Day” is what I use to tell myself over and over, just taking it one day at a time. This message helped me a lot when I was in the low, and I’m extremely grateful I am here today to be able to share my mental health journey with you.
I thought conversations about mental health were uncomfortable, and I didn’t know how to get the help I needed. My heart breaks for the younger version of myself that was afraid to open up about how she was feeling, because too many people suffer in silence and it makes the battle that much harder. I knew I wanted to do something to help make these conversations easier, and help break the bad stigma that has been created around mental health. Stay Another Day is a line of mental health awareness clothing, in hopes to spread this message everyday. The thought that someone could see this, and see it as a sign to stay another day makes me so happy.
If you, yourself, or someone you know are feeling low, please speak up and reach out. 988 saved my life, and can help connect you to some great resources to get better. A portion of our proceeds will be donated to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline also known as the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.
Life goes on I promise, so please Stay Another Day ;)