PhotoVoice 2009

2009 PhotoVoice Participants - Brett Flashnick
There is always a bright spot on a gloomy day. Radiating Hope - Laityn Shaw There is always a bright spot on a gloomy day.
Life is a lonely road, but in the end it has something there. It isn’t always a happy and joyful road, though. The Lonely Road we Call Life - Kayla Campbell Life is a lonely road, but in the end it has something there. It isn’t always a happy and joyful road, though.
People who are “different” try to blossom and come out of their shell but “regular” people won’t let them. Different But Beautiful - Kayla Campbell People who are “different” try to blossom and come out of their shell but “regular” people won’t let them.
The dead tree is symbolizing the negative things people think about mental health. In actuality, the people with mental health issues are blossoming flowers who enjoy life. Capible of Blossoming - Kayla Campbell The dead tree is symbolizing the negative things people think about mental health. In actuality, the people with mental health issues are blossoming flowers who enjoy life.
I cry out for you. I need help from you. I reach out for you. My handprints are embedded on your door. Will you help me? Because, I reach out to you. I Reach Out for You - Savannah Bivens I cry out for you. I need help from you. I reach out for you. My handprints are embedded on your door. Will you help me? Because, I reach out to you.
I stand inside this pain. I feel like I can’t get help. I want to be in the beautiful horizon. But sometimes with my mental health, all I have is beautiful pain. Beautiful Pain - Savannah Bivens I stand inside this pain. I feel like I can’t get help. I want to be in the beautiful horizon. But sometimes with my mental health, all I have is beautiful pain.
I feel alone when I’m at play. Nobody here to help me push the swing when I play. When I play, I feel as if nobody cares to take care of the place where I play. My mental health can’t be alone when I play. Can you help me play? Alone When I Play - Savannah Bivens I feel alone when I’m at play. Nobody here to help me push the swing when I play. When I play, I feel as if nobody cares to take care of the place where I play. My mental health can’t be alone when I play. Can you help me play?
My mental health might seem to have cracks in its reflection. But inside me it’s clear as still water. Sometimes it can be cloudy outside. And that’s when my reflection will find beauty in the pain. Cracks in my Reflection - Savannah Bivens My mental health might seem to have cracks in its reflection. But inside me it’s clear as still water. Sometimes it can be cloudy outside. And that’s when my reflection will find beauty in the pain.
Sometimes you just feel like your world is upside down and the forces of nature are causing your surroundings to come crashing down around you. However, many do not see that, even if you have a mental disability, you can still do the same things as “normal” people can, but just from a different perspective and with more difficulties. It’s our job, the good-doers of society, to help inform our communities that there is no “normal” but only complications. Swayed Misconceptions - Chelsey Bivens Sometimes you just feel like your world is upside down and the forces of nature are causing your surroundings to come crashing down around you. However, many do not see that, even if you have a mental disability, you can still do the same things as “normal” people can, but just from a different perspective and with more difficulties. It’s our job, the good-doers of society, to help inform our communities that there is no “normal” but only complications.
Everyone has those moments when they feel all alone and abandoned. Depression and anxiety can cause these feelings and it’s hard to ask for help. However, there are “community changers” out there who will fix up your abandoned feeling; you just have to ask for them. Morbid Perception - Chelsey Bivens Everyone has those moments when they feel all alone and abandoned. Depression and anxiety can cause these feelings and it’s hard to ask for help. However, there are “community changers” out there who will fix up your abandoned feeling; you just have to ask for them.
Every human being has the moment where they want to express themselves and everyone has mental health issues, whether they be permanent or temporary. Sometimes, these two things are combined and the individuals express themselves in several different ways, whether it be in a creative or vulgar way. Without thinking about it, they are actually trying to reach out to others and make them acknowledge what they say. Illegal Expression - Chelsey Bivens Every human being has the moment where they want to express themselves and everyone has mental health issues, whether they be permanent or temporary. Sometimes, these two things are combined and the individuals express themselves in several different ways, whether it be in a creative or vulgar way. Without thinking about it, they are actually trying to reach out to others and make them acknowledge what they say.
The hard times seem dark and dreary, especially when you don’t know which way to go to get help for our mental health complications. But when you make it to the light and happy times, it’s all the more beautiful when you get there. Therefore, there’s always a reason to keep trying and pushing on, because the sun always has to rise. Intense Rehabilitation - Chelsey Bivens The hard times seem dark and dreary, especially when you don’t know which way to go to get help for our mental health complications. But when you make it to the light and happy times, it’s all the more beautiful when you get there. Therefore, there’s always a reason to keep trying and pushing on, because the sun always has to rise.

In 2009 the FFSC Youth participated in their first PhotoVoice project. This project was led by Youth Coordinator Jenah Cason, with consulting and instruction by Photographer Brett Flashnick. The purpose of this project was to help the youth involved express the issues, feelings, and stigma they dealt with on a daily basis through photography. The prints from this project were displayed during a Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Event.

2009 PhotoVoice Participants Included

  • Savannah Bivens
  • Chelsey Bivens
  • Kayla Campbell
  • Laityn Shaw

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