Art

Mosaic shines light on mental health, homelessness

In August 2018, a public mural highlighting mental illness and homelessness titled, Pieces to Peace was installed in Toledo, Ohio. Community members from all walks of life worked together over two months to create the 20-by-20-foot glass mosaic mural depicting “a homeless person with mental issues crouched in a structure with light coming through a window. Below the person is a set of eyes.” “The message of the mural is about reducing the stigma of mental health disease and homelessness. Everyone we stopped to talk to [about the project] along the way said, ‘I have an aunt, an uncle, a parent, a cousin [with mental health issues]. It’s a universal disease that we don’t talk about. [Discussion] is the goal of the mural, and we believe this visual is going to do that.” Click the title to access the entire article and photos of the mural from The Blade.

Filmmaker Paul Dalio mines his bipolar disorder for feature debut

“According to the 36-year-old director, who was diagnosed with the condition in his 20s, films about manic-depression, while well-meaning, too often look at the disorder from the point of view of friends and family members, rather than through the eyes of those actually living with the illness. ‘It frustrates me,” says Dalio, “when the filmmaker isn’t aware of how displaying them in this way — from the outside — might affect the way in which the public sees them. That is to say, very easily, in a negative light.’”

Comic Book Superhero Helps Fight Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness

"Comic books often portray villains as not only evil and violent, but as having a mental illness… ‘That’s why I thought it was important to create a character living with mental illness who is a hero, not a villain,’ Pozios said. He noted that comic books also have a long tradition of social justice advocacy and can play a pivotal role in changing how people with mental illness are represented in entertainment media."

Hip Hop Artists Have Been Writing About Mental Health for Decades

"When Kid Cudi announced via social media last week he was checking himself into rehab for depression and suicidal thoughts, many people responded on Facebook and Twitter in support of his heart-wrenching post. His message opened up an important conversation online to discuss mental health, race and masculinity, through the use of the hashtag #YouGoodMan." But while #YouGoodMan is important, the conversation isn't new. “It turns out fans have been communing over these important lyrics all along.”