Mental health should have never be taken lightly. Mental illness is real and people are not only suffering from it but only because of the social stigma around it. Why is having cardiac problems more acceptable than being diagnosed with any kind of mental illness? Scratch your head and try to find answers, or just read Sofia Ramon’s story below and look at her mental health art. You will better understand what these people go through and also the healing power of art which can transform everything and everyone for good.
Sofia Ramon was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when she was only 16 years old. She was too scared to talk about it, so she started expressing her feelings through drawings and they’re breathtaking. She is dragging you into her world and you cannot escape it. “Here, please understand what I’m going through! Walk in my shoes and then we’ll talk again!” is what she’s saying through her drawings. Unfortunately, today’s society discriminates against people with mental health disorders because it doesn’t understand its needs and what it’s like to live in a world scarred by different mental afflictions. It takes a brave Mexico-based artist to talk about that. Actually, she does better than speak, she illustrates, paints draws what it feels like in her world. The art you’re about to see below will make you think, get into a different reality and think twice before you judge.
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Could mental health art help us speak about mental disorders?
Art knows no shame and no boundaries. Art cannot offend or hurt. Art should only teach us important stuff in life and also it should be the perfect way to speak about something when words are failing to do so. So maybe by illustrating the world of people struggling with their own mind, we can open up a social discussion on the subject, where the social stigma is erased and understanding replaces it. Do you think it is possible? Scroll down and look at these 17 examples of artwork and then think again!
1. Identity -mental health art
15. “I am what I have always hated”