Everything is Terrible

jopieart

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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False Advertising Fairies – part 4.

This started out as a joke – a series of extremely happy faeries with sad, nihilistic and pessimistic slogans. But as I was working on several of them I thought about the concept a bit more and I came to the conclusion that it might be a parallel for something bigger.
I consider myself to be outspoken on mental health issues and especially on the taboo on mental health. In the current western society mental health awareness is slowly coming into the big picture but we aren’t there yet by far.
Mental health is usually less or not covered by medical insurance, and a lot of mental health issues are considered shameful, ‘weird’ and they are often discriminated against in the workplace and in daily life.
I am open about my mental health issues (I have ADD, on-and-off anxiety issues and an almost lifelong battle with depression) but I am battling them and I am doing much much better than I used to a few years ago. But I too sometimes catch myself trying to ‘put on a happy face’ to get through some of the more rough days – not wanting to or not able to tell anyone what’s really going on, out of shame or guilt.
This is for all the silent mental health sufferers and anyone with any form of an invisible illness who is having a hard time to feel accepted, welcomed and comfortable in this western world where everyone is being pressured into presenting the very best and most perfect picture of themselves on the outside while often having to silently suffer on the inside. I know you’re there, and I don’t pretend to know exactly how you feel, but I hear you, I feel you and I welcome you. You’re not alone!
I also still think this series is funny.

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