I’ve always believed that a picture can say 1000 words. In fact, a picture can explain something that is virtually impossible to put into words. When I stumbled upon LiberMetus’s Twitter and saw the amazing pictures behind his campaign to raise awareness of mental health issues I couldn’t stop myself from telling you all that you needed to go and take a look! These pictures are simply amazing and so that you all have to go and take a peek, I’m not including them in this post, so pop on over:
The first picture that has been created is perfectly summed up by a quote from the campaign itself;
“In the age of information ignorance is a choice.”
With the internet at our fingertips there really is no reason to not know about something as simple as mental health. And yes, I did just say simple. At the end of the day these are health problems that we are talking about, not deep, dark, dirty secrets.
My personal favourite of the images is the second as it portrays the effect such a huge stigma has on people. The obsessive need for people to utter the words ‘I’m fine.’ Or to hide away so that nobody knows the truth is something that needs to end, and it needs to end soon. Don’t judge a book by its cover and don’t expect everything to be quite as it seems…
If you’re wondering whether you’ll be able to relate to these images quite as strongly as I have for the simple reason that you may not have suffered from a mental health problem then look no further than picture number three. It can be difficult being the person on the outside, especially if you aren’t sure what is going on. However, education is key, not asking stupid questions or making flippant statements is something that many people are learning to do every single day. Maybe one day, it’ll be the majority rather than the minority.
For those of you that have read my blog for a while you’ll know that I’ve experience numerous panic attacks in the past. I’m 99% sure that those who surround me understand better than a lot of others that mental health problems aren’t just in the mind, there are physical symptoms just like any other health problem. Take a look at picture four, I couldn’t have put it better myself!
This campaign really is brilliant and although one of aims of the campaign is to raise money, I think the website and whole campaign is worth five minutes of your time even if it changes your thoughts on mental health problems for a second. I’ll leave all of the links below so please go and have a look because a picture really does say 1000 words.