I wish that the elimination of stigma worked as simply as us all saying, “Hey, you know what? Let’s agree to not stigmatize mental health issues anymore, k?” And yet – and obviously – it does not work that way. Until there are readily-available mental health services for people across economic and gender and racial and geographical lines and a universal realization that we all deal with some shade of mental health issues, there will be this stigma. It’s that fucked up thing where people need to SEE what’s wrong with you to make it valid in their minds.
Artist Zoe-Emma has been illustrating her daily journeys with mental health to beautiful and affecting results. She depicts mental health itself – the multi-eyed creatures – and the sufferer.
DAZED featured Zoe-Emma’s work and had a quick chat about what her art is attempting to accomplish. It’s going to take personal, evocative art like this (paired with policy changes, as always) to chip away at this stigma. She’s doing her part.
– Martin Cullens for Elm