"Stranded, lost, alone, and confused."


"Stranded, lost, alone, and confused."

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"Stranded, lost, alone, and confused." – I created this image for Kirk, who told me his mental illness occasionally feels like being “stranded, lost, alone, and confused.” Kirk says life is easier now, but still a struggle.“I'm no different. It can happen to anybody. It's not always easy to see somebody with mental illness, it can be invisible, almost a hidden disease.” A quiet man, an observer, a thinker—these were my first impressions of Kirk. After interviewing him, also a positive man. He has been a mentor to another person living with mental illness, plans to get his G.E.D., and is learning to play the harmonica.

“Don't give up. You're not alone,” Kirk tells others with mental illness.

More of his interview can be found in Images & Stories beginning 5/4/18.

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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