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Dior Vargas, who identifies as both Latina and a feminist, was frustrated by the lack of representation surrounding mental illness for men and women of color.
So she took to social media and started a photo campaign to challenge the idea that mental illness is a “white people disease.”
This photo series also changes the idea that you should be “ashamed” about sharing your mental illness.
“The media portrayal of people of colour in general is so dehumanising and usually created by white people who have no idea what it is to be a person of colour who experiences multiple oppressions,” Vargas told The Huffington Post. “It's important to provide a space where people can be in charge of their own narratives.”
The photos themselves are pretty incredible. What’s even more incredible is that the photo series includes over 60 photos of men and women of color.
"That they are not alone and there is hope,” said Vargas. "A mental illness diagnosis is not a death sentence and there are so many people who continue to live meaningful fulfilling lives.”

What are your thoughts? Is mental illness seen as a “white person’s disease”? How does this photo series help with representation?

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I totally agree more people need to be aware of it accurately because alot of people are affected by these illnesses and sometimes more than one
in my opinion it seems like mental illnesses are hardly addressed at all and when it is represented it usually is white people speaking for it I really like this photo series and I hope it will open up people's eyes better
Maybe it just me, but before this card I've never thought mental illness as white people illness. Why would you think that? Do doctors misdiagnosed in general?
yeah, I didn’t even think about that either @quietone, I think most people just assume it’s one illness. and it’s taboo or weird to have multiple. but it’s totally normal and ok!
I think you are spot-on with that. the only time I really see it represented in media is in movies where older white women pop pills and blame their mental illness on their children. I think this is a very WRONG and negative representation of mental illness @quietone @alywoah other than that I haven’t seen much talk of it at all!
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