Rachel Lovell

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Honors Thesis


Although the conversations surrounding mental disorders have become increasingly accessible in the 21st century, the stigma attached to mental health persists. Approximately half of the U.S. population will be diagnosed with at least one mental illness within a lifespan. As these numbers continue to rise, confronting mental illness is essential to preserving the longevity of our country, but in order to confront it, we must understand it. Personal experiences, interviews, documentaries, and professional observations each provided insights into these illnesses, which then allowed for the composition of this project. While the research reveals the often debilitating and life- altering effects of mental illness, it also emphasizes the hope that is found in empathetic communication and acceptance. By dissecting these illnesses through twenty personal, raw and informative pieces, this project adds to the conversation through a lens of creative vulnerability.

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