Many Australians, at some point in their life will experience a battle with mental illness, and some will be in a position of witnessing a loved one go through this obstacle in life. What’s more alarming, is the feeling of losing a child to a debilitating mental illness, whilst suffering your own mental health issues. The problem with mental health is that it can be completely hidden from the surface of how you would view your friends, family, and people you work with every day.
The next time you are out on the street or shopping centre, look at the people around you.
The check-out guy, who you just bought groceries from, the girl who dances all night at a club, the man with the luxurious house and a 35 foot yacht, docked conveniently at the local jetty, could have a mental illness and you wouldn’t even know.
We sometimes, get so caught up in the material aspects of another person’s life, we forget what can be bubbling beneath the surface of the mask we use, to carry on. We think we have to be titans of superior emotion, yet we can’t. The human mind is too complex for any of us to understand.
The hidden aspect of mental illness, can affect anyone, at any age and regardless of any means or wealth. This was essentially, the story of a sufferer of depression, named Megan. She has been battling anxiety and depressive episodes since her early 40’s. Up until February 2014, Megan had balanced her life, whilst still experiencing depressive episodes. But things suddenly took a devastating effect on her life. Megan’s seventeen year old son, Jack, committed suicide after dealing with hidden hallucinations brought on by manic episodes, connected with schizophrenia.
Megan was quite willing to be open and honest about her condition, as well as talking frankly about her son, but after a few conversations, Megan had cut all contact. She had sent a message, detailing that her images and videos could be used, but she would not take part in anymore of the production.
As a result, this slideshow is a broader context of the hidden aspect of mental illness. Among the images and videos of Megan, audio and portraits are included of other people to emphasise the significance of this silent illness.
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