3_We see the way we think…

Identifying mental health

Mental health affects a lot of people everyday, it was hard to say who wasn’t affected by mental health. Different aspects of mental health was either helped or hindered by different actors “human” and “non-human”. A example of this is social media where we found as a group that as a “non-human”, such as twitter, facebook, instagram and it would help spread awareness about mental health. However, could quickly be hi-jacked by other users and news outlets to negate the awareness or even cause a negative effect to the original creators or organisations.

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In this mindmap, we connected organisations and words around mental health together to help try to establish where miscommunication was happening and why certain trends were reoccurring in a social context. We found the three key non-human players were uncertainty, ignorance and the future, these different stresses seemed to fuel information and education about mental health.

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Mental health brainstorm

This next mindmap was to map out all the human and non-human actors we could think of that affected mental health. We found that the government and individuals had a huge part to play when it came to aid mental health. For example the government had a responsibility to help individuals suffering from mental health so that individuals could help generate growth for the country which will in turn help the individuals, but it requires one or both parties to achieve this otherwise the cycle would breakdown.

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Connecting the actors up.

This final map was connections we made between organisations, humans, educators, actions or obstacles, it help to visualise how each effected one another and the outcomes that can result from addressing issues incorrectly. What stood out to me was education played a huge role in creating a understanding about mental health issues, it is this understanding that help put in perspective that self awareness was crucial in helping those effected by mental issues.

Mental health visualised

“Saturn devouring his son” painting by Francisco Goya

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This painting by goya is part of a series where the mental state of the subject was trying to be depicted rather then the classical style of painting, which was with precision and accuracy to the ideal of beauty/ugliness rather the strokes used in this image was more expressive and free. This is different to my research as it tries to classify and define absolute answers or solutions, whereas this painting shows if for what it feels like to the individual.

Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz

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Peanuts takes a comical way of approaching depression by trying to teach the signs and “how to” be depressed, this is a informative and disarming way in the approach to help educate people of what to look out for when they are depressed or others around them. Even if this was to entertain, I think this mind stick in some individuals minds and help them identify when others need help, which is a more lighthearted way of looking at the issue of mental health then with the news articles.

Quotivation by Unknown

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Quotivation is a form which has been emerging more and more online as creators try to share fables or sayings quickly to other users so that they can hopefully be enlightened by the new found perspective. This is interesting way to look at mental health as it is trying to change the way the sufferer sees and interacts with the world in the hope they can overcome their obstacles with a paradigm shift.

Mental meme by Unknown

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Memeing our way to awareness! This meme is usually only used to broadcast grievances people have about life and injustices, in this context however it is being used to help create awareness that mental illness isn’t seen as an acceptable reason for missing work. This is different in contrast to the articles that I have chosen as this is a everyday nuance that is nescessary to a individual from functioning normally, where my articles are been focusing more of solutions and effects of mental health this is more in the education of others about mental health.

Poster help by Unknown

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This was part of a poster that offered passersby quick help that they could pull off as a tab, the same way you would look for a new roommate or even self promote lessons for sale. The creator must have been trying to change the way help can perceive and offered, catch the audience off guard by the innocent nature of the poster.

In the supermarket by Mind

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We see the way we think, this image is from a campaign “it’s time to talk. it’s time to change”, the comic strip tries to confront the way we see mental illness. The trend I have been noticing with the examples I have been finding is a need for a change in the way we see mental illness and how we approach people who have mental issues.

Quote by Stephen Fry

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We all need love and support to get through hardship, but what if you found it hard to receive that love and support? I’d image that’s what it is like to experience mental illness, as you don’t know how to help yourself and it is hard to receive help from others. This image is a cautionary inside that it would be really helpful to some if you stuck by them through hardship.

Okay by unknown

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The “Okay” campaign is one which attempts to bring up awareness about talking about mental health to sufferers within insulting them. With a lack of understanding about most mental health illnesses it would seem like a very sensitive topic to talk about. “Okay” enables people with permission to try and help those in need suffering from mental health.

Real Monsters by Toby Allen

The “Real Monsters” poster series outlining different afflictions of mental illness and the way it hinders those who have it as if it was another being outside of their control. This take on mental illness was interesting because it makes them more approachable and manageable when they are isolated as their own entity, the most effective images that has been found in my research were one such as these where a perception was being challenged or changed in a disarming way so it made it more approachable to start thinking about the issue of mental health.

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