For the photo story on mental illness I have represented 4 different people, with different issues. The black and white images represent the darkness of their mental illness; the sadness. I didn’t show their faces in the pictures as mental illness comes with an anonymity surrounding it. Majority of people with a mental illness don’t like to share their troubles, and if are being published in a paper will change their names and have a photo which hides their identity.
This photo is a sufferer of chronic depression; the aged is a category that is very overlooked when it comes to mental health and depression. With age comes a loss of self as illnesses such as dementia set in. With a loss of self and memory, and the loss of friends, the aged are at a very vulnerable time for illnesses such as depression.
This man is a sufferer of bipolar; an illness that almost defines who he is and what his personality entails. This illness controls his emotions, reactions, and actions – this all causes a loss of identity.
*These photos include models and the images and captions are to convey people who are suffering from mental illness.