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Sitting Up in My Room
It's not uncommon for young people to seek solace and seclusion as a coping mechanism. Their room may be disorganized and their pet may be their only companion. It's crucial to avoid punishing this behavior and recognize that depression might be affecting the youth..
You're Clueless (You have no idea what I'm going through)
The mean girl aesthetic is meant to challenge peer stereotypes associated with the perfect girl or the mean girl. We conducted research where parents revealed that their teenage girls experienced bullying based on the perfect girl persona and the mental health difficulties like depression, stress or, in extreme cases cutting and Anorexia experienced beneath the public-facing persona.
I'm starting with the girl in the mirror
Mirror Girl speaks to public persona vs actual feelings and how those are processed internally, including the rapid transition of moods. Ultimately the girl in the mirror empowers herself by confronting herself and her actual mood.
These individuals are essentially mental health advocates, much like the Avengers. The use of almost cartoon-like symmetry is deliberate, as it draws upon the idea that in pulp fiction, every superhero has a backstory that often involves trauma. Despite this, these fictional characters are still celebrated.
This young girl feels empowered to speak to her parents about her condition. This is meant to encourage parents to be open to their children expressing their mental health challenges.
You might see me in the street but really you don't know me.
Jayden is the cool kid. The kid that peers are meant to see themselves in. If he’s standing up leaning into challenging stigma associated with mental illness, then the way that he presents as an influencer is meant to impact different peer groups.
Living Off the Wall
Josiah's baby face made him stand out in the scene. The mural behind him created a striking contrast, and as a young Black man, he may have been concerned about how he would be perceived and what reactions he might receive. Although his youthful appearance was evident, it's important to consider both his internal and external experiences.
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