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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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exactly it drives me nuts and its always the same handful that do get represented at all
@quietone this is why I think people should consider what they say or do before acting. There are people with multiple mental illnesses who function seemingly well in society. However, a person could be struggling on the inside. Some people are not diagnosed until late in life because the affects of the illness becomes their normal. Then a doc tells you something isn't right and the lightbulb comes on.
It's totally a stigma too, people tell others that are struggling, "you're fine! just stop being so negative!" when really they need a doctor's help. @EasternShell
I agree @nicolejb. The sooner an illness is diagnosed the patient has a better opportunity for a fuller life. He or she is encouraged to be aware of triggers or symptoms and that's life management.
I understand the stigma though, I feel like most of us are grown up being told "to get over it." or "just stop being so emotional." I'm trying to change the rhetoric in my daily life too @EasternShell