"An avalanche of a grain of sand."


"An avalanche of a grain of sand."

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"An avalanche of a grain of sand." – Jean is very open now about her mental illness, but she used to hide her depression from everyone, “always smiling and laughing to hide it.” To describe how her mental illness feels today, she said that it can feel like “an avalanche of a grain of sand.” But on good days between her episodes of depression, Jean smiled and said, “Oh! This is how other people feel!”….Her advice to others living with a mental illness is, “Don't go off your medication without your doctor's ok. I see a lot of people stop, with negative consequences.”

The What Mental Illness Feels Like project has been a year-plus long photography project for me exploring what mental illness feels like to others. This is one of thirteen original photographs created for this project. Starting May 4th, 2018, you can read about the people who inspired these photographs.

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A minimum of 15% of the proceeds in 2018 of the Mental Illness Exhibit photography will be donated to St. Cloud, MN's Catholic Charities Hope Community Support Program. "The Hope Community Support Program is a friendly, professional service dedicated to helping people with mental illness live healthy, productive and independent lives. We’ve been serving people in Benton, Sherburne and Stearns counties since 1988."

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