Over 350 million people around the world are affected by depression in some form, but there is still a stigma surrounding mental illness. This leaves many who are suffering ashamed to seek help or treatment.
This figure sketch is from artist Clara Lieu's project called "Falling," and it is a profound image based on the artist's personal experience with mental illness. It hits home on the impact depression has on a person's self-esteem, motivation, and overall view of life.
4. Trying To Find Color In The World Is Mentally Draining
"Colorful Depression" by the artist "lolitpop" accurately shows how exhausting it is to attempt to find happiness while suffering from depression. Finding color in a dreary world is difficult when it comes to mental illness.
5. Mental Illness Haunts You, And Refuses To Set You Free
Depression, anxiety, and OCD are debilitating mental disorders that affect those who suffer as well as everyone around them. The piece "Broken Soul" by John Holcroft showcases how a person with depression affects the world around them, including his or her family.
8. Depression Never Lets Go, No Matter How Hard You Try To Escape
Artist "KateR31" explains that the piece entitled "Depression" is one they feel very personal about. The image was created to "try and explain depression to someone who's never experienced it before," and the emotions in those eyes are literally tear-wrenching.
Seek help and treatment if you are suffering from depression or any other form of mental illness. You are not alone, and it is okay to ask for help. Life begins when you take the initiative to reach out and get the help you need.