"Having experienced depression first hand, I recognized how heavy the weight of that hopelessness feels on an individual’s state of mind."
It was a real struggle to find a remedy because accessibility was rare and costly. I was left frustrated with how depression is so common but rarely anyone actually talks about it because of the negative stigma around mental illness and the vulnerability that comes with exposing your mental health condition.
I initiated the VOID PEOPLE Project in the hopes of creating a drop that start the ripple; to use the symbol as a conversation starter, to be the voice of the people who are embracing their battles with depression and other mental health challenges; to create a sense of community and human connection so that people know that they are not going through it alone.
Through the VOID PEOPLE project, more and more people start opening up about their own personal experiences. It creates a safe space for dialogues around mental health that rarely gets touched on.
THE ORIGIN OF VOID PEOPLE
The first VOID PEOPLE sketch appeared on an A3 paper.
The first exploration of the void was through a short rotoscoped animation. The film examined the sense of emptiness that emerges within self in the era of illusion in human connection.
This animation got featured on Mental Health Short Film Collection of ART WITH IMPACT: HERE
ART became the remedy and was able to recognize the relationship between the VOID PEOPLE and the battle with depression.
The experience had led to these insights:
Realized there is the need to accept and embrace the battles while advocating other people to do the same.
Recognized how powerful the arts is in playing the therapeutic and advocacy role for individuals with mental health challenges.
Felt the need and urgency for projects and initiatives that can cater to the needs of individuals who are looking for human connection.
Recognized that there is a need to change the narrative around depression, and rebrand how depression is viewed.
Needed a conversation starter to open up a safe space for dialogue.
The purpose of VOID PEOPLE is to open up opportunities for difficult conversations around mental health challenges. VOID PEOPLE is in no way to be construed or substituted as psychological counseling, psychotherapy, mental health counseling, or any other type of psychotherapy or medical advice.