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Inktober Artist Spreads Mental Health Awareness Through Art

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Since 1990, the first full week of October has marked Mental Illness Awareness Week in the United States. This gives mental health professionals and advocates, as well as people from all walks of life, a chance to further discuss and understand the mental disorders that affect so many of us.

According to 2015 statistics from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, some 43.8 million American adults—about 18.5%—experience mental illness in a given year, and 10 million of these are serious experiences. About 21.4% of Americans aged 13-18 and 13% of children ages 8-15 will experience severe mental health problems at some point in their lives.

Everyone is familiar with the terms: Depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, PTSD—so why are we so afraid to talk about these problems or, in some cases, acknowledge them?

Since 2009, October has also marked “Inktober,” an annual celebration of art started by Jake Parker that encourages artists to do one ink drawing a day. Though Inktober comes with a prompt list to help inspire participants, artist Shawn Coss decided to deviate from the norm and focus all 31 of his pieces on a specific theme: mental health.

Now, he’s transforming the taboo and often-hushed topic of mental illness into stunning ink illustrations and personifications for all the world to see.

shawn coss attention deficit disorder

Source: Facebook @Shawn Coss – Artists

See this artist bring these mental disorders to life