Powerful Photo Series Represents People of Color and Mental Illness
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?