Our first encounter with mental illness was our Tia Dolores “Lupe”. As two Latinx
women struggling with mental illness we realize now how we could have helped
her. She struggled in a time where no one around her understood mental illness &
had no idea how to help. Resources then weren’t readily available and to a certain
extent still aren’t as easy to find today. We are passionate about advocating for
those with mental illness and bringing awareness to the various ways to cope
stemming from our own experience.
Working together for this project was important to us because we wanted to share
our story and our unique perspective. While we both suffer from anxiety and
depression, how we treat and cope is completely different. In sharing these details
we hope to open up the conversation and show that we are all fighting the same
battle although the details may differ. We chose to use different forms of print to
communicate our message because people receive information differently. Our use
of red and blue color and 3D effect is used to create a feeling. It also helped us
communicate that we all have more than one side to us. Often times who we show
is not how we feel inside.
It is important for us to create a dialogue with those who are suffering, those who
are supporting someone who is suffering, and those who don’t quite understand
how debilitating it is when you have a mental illness.