Shane Nonetheless captured 31 tales from 31 individuals to share all through Psychological Well being Consciousness Month.
DENVER — Shane Nonetheless fell in love with images for its capability to seize life’s biggest moments. For his thesis venture as a images main at University of Colorado Denver, he thought it was simply as essential to seize a few of life’s most troublesome instances.
In September, he started conducting interviews with family and friends members on their psychological well being struggles introduced on by the COVID-19 pandemic. He photographed them in that second and put the recorded audio beneath the image.
Quick ahead to Could 2021, he is now sharing these tales on social media. He known as the venture 31 Days Denver, symbolizing the 31 tales from 31 individuals shared over the course of the 31 days in Could, which is Psychological Well being Consciousness Month.
“It was troublesome listening to these tales, however then it made me notice that everybody has this collective feeling of loneliness and despair throughout this time,” Nonetheless mentioned. “These emotions are common. We’ve all felt them. It’s simply that not lots of people are discussing them.”
Every day in Could, Nonetheless shares a narrative on the 31 Days Denver social media pages, with prolonged tales and interviews on the web site.
Nonetheless mentioned he hopes the venture will assist the general public destigmatize conversations surrounding psychological well being.
“Individuals are scared to speak about their psychological well being and being weak like that,” he mentioned. “It actually makes individuals afraid. However with this venture, I simply need to present people who it’s OK to be weak, and it is OK to not be OK.”
He mentioned he additionally desires the platform to function a protected area for others who’re struggling and hopes it gives a way of collectiveness and group throughout a few of their worst moments.
Subjects mentioned thus far vary from being pregnant throughout the pandemic to struggles with habit to lack of family members, and even the struggles that some individuals face due to their id (ex. being LGBTQ or an individual of colour).
As he was placing this venture collectively over the course of eight months, Nonetheless determined he wished to present again to native Denver psychological well being organizations. He is promoting face masks with the 31 Days of Denver emblem, and 50% of the proceeds will go to a corporation that his followers will get to decide on by a ballot within the subsequent few days.
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