Have you thought about how seeing an image can change the way you feel about something? Maybe you hate a certain fast food chain but they post a new sandwich that looks amazing and it changes your mind. Pictures are powerful. For people who live with mental illness, sometimes the pictures people post make it seem like life just sucks all the time. But that’s not true. People with mental illness are all around us and they look like anyone – smiling or not smiling – and usually they are not clutching their head.
Recently there was a great article on Buzzfeed talking about the Time to Change Get the Picture campaign. This campaign is trying to educate media to not use stigmatizing pictures of people clutching their head when they are writing about mental illness. Check out the video below to see why they are doing what they do:
Do you feel like you’ve seen negative pictures about people with mental illness in the media? How did it make you feel? Share with us below!
(feature image from thinkstock)