How can a photo help with mental health?
Seeing yourself through someone else’s eyes can be so powerful. A photo brings hope. It brings possibility. It brings the opportunity to take another look from a new perspective.
Hi, I’m Tricia. I own Evoking You and it is my passion to help Moms who are surviving with mental health issues. Yes- surviving- not struggling. I have been there. I have dealt with depression and anxiety since 2005 but things got pretty intense when I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2016. I was pregnant with my third child and just felt completely overwhelmed and confused. I consider myself “in remission” now but I am no stranger to the darkness that is mental illness.
Let’s talk about the power of an image. We have images running through our heads all day long. When I was depressed the image in my head that had the worst grip on me was this: I’m crying in the bathroom on the floor because I feel so crushed by everything that is going on. In this image I also see my kids on the other side of the door. They are worried and sad and they need me to feel better. Even writing this now brings tears to my eyes. The other image is of myself completely slumped over not able to look my therapist in the eye and sobbing to her that I can’t even go to the grocery store I just don’t feel able. When we feel that bad it is so hard to even find one image of ourselves that makes us feel better. Our brains are too stuck.
I share these stories and examples of what I went through in hope that someone might recognize themselves or a friend and know that that state of mind is temporary. Things do get better.
A few months after that day in my therapist’s office I felt a little better and I scheduled maternity photos. I was terrified of how it would go and had a straight up panic attack afterwards, but they turned out so good. Seeing myself with my girls opened up a little light in my brain. We looked ok! The girls were smiling, I was having fun. It just helped me to have something other than the gloom and doom going on in my brain to have something tangible like this.
Here is the photo:
photo credit goes to Sara Lynn Photography
I think any Mom who has mental health issues deserves to have a photo like this. This is how the session would go:
Our team would arrive at Moms home. We would clean up and prepare an area to take photos while Mom has her hair and makeup done. We would bring fresh flowers, coffee, pastries and someone to help wrangle the kids.
We would be there for about 3 hours total. During the time we would capture photos of Mom and kids together as well as one of Mom on her own- this is called The God Damn Angel photo. Because that’s what she is.
These sessions are done free of charge. We pick one name per month. Comment on the blog to be entered for February 2020. You don’t need to put your real name just a valid email address.
Disclaimer: this service does not replace therapy and psychiatric care. Please seek professional help if you think you are depressed.
Please reach out to me to talk more about our services: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-965-9674
If a friend or family member of yours is too sick to contact us herself please let us know.
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