"…the wall." – A composite photograph created for Tammy, who lives with dissociative disorder, plus other mental illnesses. Tammy said, “I don't let anyone behind the wall, even those closest to me.” Yet this fascinating interview with Tammy gave me a glimpse of her life, even though I only saw the public side of that metaphorical wall……Tammy feels that she didn't make any real progress in life until she began her relationship with her partner. Her emotional support helps keep Tammy on the straight and narrow. Tammy also takes her meds regularly, has social support, and sees a counselor. She also expresses herself beautifully through poetry.
You can read more about Tammy and other individuals living with mental illness beginning 5/4/18 here on my website at Images & Stories.
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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