Inspiration from Cassie. (Charliebink.tumblr.com, 2016).
When we were looking at having a hidden meaning behind our world Cassie showed us this comic by Charlie Bink. The comic demonstrates what someone who maybe isn’t receiving hardship in life, whether it be from mental problems or physical problems. The onlooker tells them to cheer up, move on with life, but sadly this isn’t always the case.
I remembered seeing a few other comics that were similar to this.
If physical problems were treated like mental health issues. (I.huffpost.com, 2016). Mental health in Northern Ireland is a bit of a joke. Having no problem in openly admitting I’ve been in situations were I’ve needed help, the system hasn’t always been. A 12 month waiting list was something I was faced with and by the time I was admitted, I was in better mind set. It has even resulted in the Duchess of Cambridge calling for a change in the ‘taboo’ of treatment.
“As was to be expected, I often heard some heart-breaking stories about lives that had been torn apart, with devastating impacts for all involved, particularly children.
“What I did not expect was to see that time and time again, the issues that led people to addiction and destructive decision-making seemed to almost always stem from unresolved childhood challenges.
“It became clear to me that many children – even those younger than five – have to deal with complex problems without the emotional resilience, language or confidence to ask for help.
“And it was also clear that, with mental health problems still being such a taboo, many adults are often too afraid to ask for help for the children in their care.” (The Independent, 2016).
A comic on depression and anxiety. (The Huffington Post UK, 2016). Another comic showing what people perceive of mental illness. Normally it’s those that are closest that don’t understand. Maybe in our own animation we could imply this somehow? Maybe the failing system that we live in today.
Some newspaper articles showing the extent of the problem.
Charliebink.tumblr.com, (2016). [online] Available at: http://charliebink.tumblr.com/ [Accessed 26 Feb. 2016].
I.huffpost.com, (2016). [online] Available at: http://i.huffpost.com/gen/2270912/thumbs/o-HELPFUL-ADVICE-570.jpg?8 [Accessed 26 Feb. 2016].
The Huffington Post UK, (2016). This Comic Nails What It’s Like To Have Depression And Anxiety. [online] Available at: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/09/21/depression-and-anxiety-mental-health-comic_n_8171786.html [Accessed 26 Feb. 2016].
The Independent, (2016). The Duchess of Cambridge has called for the ‘taboo’ of mental health to be broken. [online] Available at: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/duchess-of-cambridge-calls-for-taboo-of-mental-health-to-be-broken-as-she-guest-edits-huffington-a6879031.html [Accessed 26 Feb. 2016].