We are Jenny and Rory. We have (varying degrees of) mental illness. We have started this blog project with the purpose of drawing attention to mental illness, and how it affects people all over the world. It likely affects—directly or indirectly—almost everyone on the planet.
We would like to show an honest picture of the world of mental illness. Please remember something. Someone may “have it worse” than you. But your experience is still valid! Your experience with mental illness can be your own mental illness, or the mental illness of someone you care about. We want to hear your story, and share your image with the world, to show everyone that we are not alone. We are an endless family, we just don’t know everyone yet.
So we encourage you, friends, family, strangers, friends-we-haven’t-met-yet, and everyone else out there in Internet-land to send us an image of you. You, the face of mental illness.
• If you are bold and honest with the world about your mental illness, send a photo of yourself, showing your face.
• If you want to participate but are unsure about how open you want to be, send a photo of you without showing your face.
• If even that is too much, send some photo or image of your own creation, expressing your mental illness to the world.
For everyone, along with your image, please consider sending a word, a sentence, or a paragraph describing how you are The Face of Mental Illness. Interpret this how you like.
Finally, if you send us anything, we promise to keep everything private. If you want us to share your name when we share your photo, we will. Otherwise we will keep it anonymous, and not share your information (such as identity, email address, etc.) with anyone. Also, if you send us anything, you must have the right to use it, and you grant us the non-exclusive right to use the image and words on this blog, in perpetuity, and in any future projects we do in the name of The Face of Mental Illness. You will retain copyright, however.
If you want to participate in this project, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If there is demand for it in the future, we will get a P.O. Box for mailing letters, postcards, and other items, but for now we’re starting off simple.