12 Days of Mental Health Awareness
If you follow my social media on Facebook or Instagram, then you probably saw the 13 Days of Halloween photography challenge I did in October of 2020. Despite it being one of the most difficult photog challenges I've ever done, it was such a good time that I started brainstorming other series I could do. So, this May I'll be recognizing Mental Health Awareness Month by posting one photo each day of the last thirteen days of May that focuses on one mental or behavioral health issue.

I don't want to do this alone though because my experience with mental illness is by far not the only interpretation or perspective of mental or behavioral illness. That's where you come in. I'll be using the information garnered in this form to help me create a vision for each photograph along with the caption that will give further awareness and understanding of the photograph's topic for that day.

This is something so important and special to me and I'm stoked to be able to give it the time and attention it deserves as I prepare these photographs over the next four months.
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Have you been formally diagnosed with a mental illness or have you self-diagnosed based on symptoms and conversations with healthcare workers (including mental health professionals)?
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What mental illness(es) do you have, have you had, or your loved one has?
If you chose "specific phobia" or "other" in the above question, please clarify more here:
In the questions below, I ask that you describe the mental illnesses you struggle with as if you were describing them to someone who has never heard of them before and knew nothing about the symptoms these illnesses can come with. Put the descriptor first with a dash and the description. For example:
Social Anxiety - I often feel like...

Attention Deficit Disorder - Having ADD makes me feel that I...
How does the mental illness you have or used to have make you feel physically? In other words, are there common physical feelings that go with a wave of depression or anxiety for you, do you have any ticks that accompany your PTSD or your ADHD, are there physical things you need to do to accommodate your mental illness? If you checked off more than one, please put a space between each of the descriptions.
How does the mental illness you have or used to have make you feel mentally? In other words, what are some things that go through your head, what are your thought processes like in certain situations, do you find yourself mentally overrun more in certain environments than others, do you find yourself mentally calmer in certain environments than others?  If you checked off more than one, please put a space between each of the descriptions.
*How does the mental illness you have or used to have effect the relationships you have in your life? If you checked off more than one, please put a space between each of the descriptions.
*How does the mental illness you have or used to have effect the way you work or go to school? If you checked off more than one, please put a space between each of the descriptions.
Do you associate any images or colors with the mental illness you have or used to have? If you checked off more than one, please put a space between each of the descriptions.
*Is there anything that you feel like alleviates the difficult symptoms that come with the mental illness you have or used to have? If you checked off more than one, please put a space between each of the descriptions.
*Is there anything more you'd like to share about your experience with mental or behavioral illness?
If you would like to be involved in one of the shoots for this project, please feel free to leave your name and e-mail or phone number here and I'll reach out to you.
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