PhotoVoice 2010

Stigma seems to be falling from every direction when you have a mental illness. People throw names and stereotypes at you, only for them to be caught by the net that is mental health awareness and advocacy. Catching Stigma - Chelsey Bivens Stigma seems to be falling from every direction when you have a mental illness. People throw names and stereotypes at you, only for them to be caught by the net that is mental health awareness and advocacy.
Nature doesn’t discriminate when she lets her petals fall, so we shouldn’t discriminate either. Falling Discrimination - Chelsey Bivens Nature doesn’t discriminate when she lets her petals fall, so we shouldn’t discriminate either.
This flower is beautiful, even though it is growing amongst weeds. This is just like mental illness because they are something different and out of the “norm,” but still beautiful. Out of the Norm - Chelsey Bivens This flower is beautiful, even though it is growing amongst weeds. This is just like mental illness because they are something different and out of the “norm,” but still beautiful.
Sometimes something so beautiful feels so alone. When you go through so much torture by other people who are just like you, you want to be alone. Left Alone - Kayla Campbell Sometimes something so beautiful feels so alone. When you go through so much torture by other people who are just like you, you want to be alone.
Even though you’ve been trough so much, your still smiling and being yourself and even though you may not want to, you still rise every morning and be who you want to be. Still Shinin' - Kayla Campbell Even though you’ve been trough so much, your still smiling and being yourself and even though you may not want to, you still rise every morning and be who you want to be.
The flag has always been standing after so much and will still be standing for as long as the United States is still here. Always and Forever - Kayla Campbell The flag has always been standing after so much and will still be standing for as long as the United States is still here.
I felt like a fully bloomed azalea bush when I finally came home from foster care. After being with other families for 5 years, it was wonderful to be with my own family. Being Home Again - Libby Perry I felt like a fully bloomed azalea bush when I finally came home from foster care. After being with other families for 5 years, it was wonderful to be with my own family.
When people pick on me, I feel like an old beat up piece of cardboard that no one cares about and runs over. Being Picked On - Libby Perry When people pick on me, I feel like an old beat up piece of cardboard that no one cares about and runs over.
Because I am so attached to my Grandma, when I’m not around her for a long period of time, I start to feel like an empty bench. Loneliness - Libby Perry Because I am so attached to my Grandma, when I’m not around her for a long period of time, I start to feel like an empty bench.
When I drink, I feel like I am freeing myself, but when it’s gone the problems are still there. My Getaway - Vladimir DeKraft When I drink, I feel like I am freeing myself, but when it’s gone the problems are still there.
Looking back on my past and then now I see myself going somewhere. Long Time Thinking - Vladimir DeKraft Looking back on my past and then now I see myself going somewhere.
I cut myself to make sure I am still alive. My Sickness - Vladimir DeKraft I cut myself to make sure I am still alive.
You can’t fully realize the value of something at a first glance, but time will reveal a treasure. Treasure of Time - Rowland Malloy You can’t fully realize the value of something at a first glance, but time will reveal a treasure.
I am like a body of water, sometimes you don't know the depth until you dare to explore! Limitless Depth - Rowland Malloy I am like a body of water, sometimes you don't know the depth until you dare to explore!
Sometimes I feel frazzled...but I always illuminate what is around me! Starlight Fountain - Rowland Malloy Sometimes I feel frazzled...but I always illuminate what is around me!

In 2010 the FFSC Youth completed their second annual PhotoVoice project. In its second year, this project was again led by Youth Coordinator Jenah Cason, with consulting from 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.

PhotoVoice 2010 Participants Included

  • Chelsey Bivens
  • Kayla Campbell
  • Vladimir DeKraft
  • Rowland Malloy
  • Libby Perry

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