Raising awareness, and combating the stigma associated with mental illness is so important to those of us struggling in silence. Many of us (myself included) try to hide our battle, and put off seeking help out for fear of how society, friends and relatives will judge us. Almost no other illness has this type of negativity & inaccurate information attached to it.
The photos and commentary in this shared post are powerful & help shine a light on a very misunderstood affliction.
What if mental illnesses were shown on the outside?
Would we still be afraid to ask for help?
Since I was 13 years old I have fought depression, anxiety and bouts of insomnia. Since then I have tried to explain what that pain, discomfort, emptiness, and apathetic nature feels like to people. Often the words would come up short, and even the poems, songs, and stories I wrote didn’t seem to fully paint a picture into someones head to make them understand what I was going through. As I increasingly became aware of the lack of education and the stigma that surrounds mental illness and mental health, I thought about trying a different approach.
And that’s when the Consumed: Mental Illness Through Photography project was born.
“I was never a cutter, I never had the courage to take a blade to any part of my body. I did, however, need…
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