I aim to create a book or zine to raise awareness about mental health issues and combat stigmas surrounding them.
Mental health issues affect almost everyone in society nowadays. Many people who face a battle with themselves due to the mental health also face another battle, one with the society around them that does not accept or understand what they are going through. There are many stigmas and preconceptions surrounding mental health and medication for these issues, and many of these stigmas are unfair and detrimental to the sufferers. It is estimated the 1 in 4 people will suffer from some sort of mental health problem throughout their lives.
Whether people are affected directly or indirectly, a greater understanding of mental health conditions would benefit the whole of society. Those indirectly experiencing the effects of mental health problems on their friends and loved ones would gain an understanding of what people are going through and would be given the guidance to see and discuss these issues in a more positive light. Those experiencing problems directly would gain the comfort and knowledge that those around them are there for them and are not judging them.
I aim to carry out the project in an empathetic and confrontational way. I aim to do this by finding out what preconceptions people already have and challenge these. I will use humour in elements of the project. My target will be people of teenagers and older, and people with and without mental health issues.