Having experienced depression first hand, I recognized how heavy the weight of that hopelessness feels on an individual’s state of mind.
I struggled to find remedy because the 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.
I found that 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.
Photo by Ran Graff
THE ORIGIN OF VOID PEOPLE
The first Void People sketch appeared to me on an A3 paper. The doodle of Void People continues from then on.
I was diagnosed with depression and was struggling to cope with the symptoms. The only outlet at that time was through DANCE & MOVEMENT.
By using DANCE & MOVEMENT as remedy, I was able to battle with depression.
In November 2017, I experienced series of depression relapse, and found it difficult to find the support system and sense of community that can offer human connection that was needed.
This time I used ART as 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.