The Face of Mental Illness – 10/20/2013

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Photo by ~Rory

Kayla Downs is Miss Arizona International 2013. She advocates for mental health awareness. She has Depression and Anxiety. She blogs here.

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Photo by ~Rory, Phoenix, AZ

“I have Schizophrenia and Manic Bipolar.”
~How long have you known that you have mental illness?~
“Probably since 14 or 15.”

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Photo by ~Rory From the 2013 NAMI ValleyWalk in Phoenix, AZ

(Left) Frank has Schizoaffective Disorder and Depression. (Right) Laura has Paranoid Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, and Multi-personality Disorder.

Photo by ~Rory

Photo by ~Rory From the 2013 NAMI ValleyWalk in Phoenix, AZ

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Image by ~Rory @2013 NAMI ValleyWalk

Image by ~Rory @2013 NAMI ValleyWalk Phoenix, AZ

Volunteers
“This is an amazing cause, the stigma is bologna.”
(Right) “I’ve got family who are affected.”
(Middle) “Everybody is affected by mental illness.”

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Image submitted through email.

“My name is Jenny, I am diagnosed borderline, I have bipolar traits, anxiety, psychosis, and un-diagnosed PTSD. I have a very destructive side of me which I am working on slowly with therapy. I had to give up my career 7 years ago as I am so unbalanced and my episodes took over everything. I now run a page Missy Borderline [NSFW] which, to be honest, is my life support. The page helps people to relate and talk about mental illness, fighting the mental health stigma, out and proud. ♥♥♥”

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Image submitted through thefaceofmentalillness@gmail.com

Image submitted through thefaceofmentalillness@gmail.com

“My name is Aubrey Ellen Shomo. I have a 174 IQ and have been diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder. I’ve been detained and medicated against my will in the United States, simply due to stigma. Because of that stigma, I never received any meaningful due process, nor intervention against familial abuse. For eight years, as a child, this reality endured. When I grew up, I founded a network company and have spoken at national conferences, served on nonprofit boards of directors, and will shortly be addressing the UN Human Rights Committee. Stigma, not my mental illness, caused the great suffering of my life, and only by overcoming that stigma has any hope of full and free participation in my society been possible. It’s time for the world to start to see people with mental illness as people first, and to stop blaming us for social ills. Just because someone has a mental illness doesn’t mean you shouldn’t listen to them.”

Aubrey’s Manifesto can be found here.

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