How does social media impact our mental health?

Too Many Critics
Too Many Critics

The meaning of my photograph is to represent all of the millions of people that could possibly view you and judge you through social media. As well as the fact that it feels like all of those eyes are judging you and telling you to follow this specific human ideal. -Alayna

Edit
Edit

Many forms of media are edited/changed to be most appealing to their audience. This can impact people's views on themselves and others. -Rowan, they/them

Self Critic
Self Critic

It is supposed to address the issue of negative self talk. The message placed on the lips, represents the words coming from my own words. -Jaycie

Counting Down
Counting Down

The title of the photo implies counting down sizes in clothing, and in the context, it appears that the subject of the photo is ``counting down`` sizes until they look like the woman in the photo on social media. It demonstrates the unhealthy expectation and mental toll social media can force on its users.

We Are All Equal
We Are All Equal

Don’t judge a book by its cover -Elia

Are mental health resources accessible in the community/schools?

A Long Wait
A Long Wait

Boise's highschools do not have adequate counseling offices, with counselors being overburdened with hundreds of students and mountains of paperwork. This photo is a representation of how inaccessible the counselor's office can be. -Oliver

Defeat
Defeat

-Jaycie

It’s Only Me
It’s Only Me

The message of my photo is trying to represent the essence of emotions or loneliness that a teen or anyone can feel when not enough resources are shown to them. It makes them feel secluded and not normal, further the gap with trying to help them. -Alayna

We Are All Equal
We Are All Equal

Don’t judge a book by its cover -Elia

How do we internalize stigmas that are projected onto us by society?

Playing with Fire
Playing with Fire

The photo models an assault rifle-style weapon made of school supplies to demonstrate the close association between firearms and school safety in our contemporary society. I was particularly inspired by the recent rise in school shootings in elementary schools. Much of this has to do with a lack of access to mental health resources. -Rebecca, she/her

Mind
Mind

-Jaycie

Consumed
Consumed

Chronic fatigue can be caused by many things, and this fatigue often comes with the connotation that the cause of a messy room or exhaustion is due to you not doing enough or laziness. You are defined by everything that you can't do; you are the mess. -Anonymous

We Are All Equal
We Are All Equal

Don’t judge a book by its cover -Elia

Lost in the Familiar
Lost in the Familiar

We are a part of society but sometimes it doesn't feel like it. Because of this, we can feel lost in places we call home. -Rowan, they/them

I Am Worthless
I Am Worthless

The inspiration behind this photo is to represent the emotions I have felt or even thought of because of the stigma around mental health. I felt worthless, different, and unrelatable. I told myself I could never fit into society because I was struggling with my mental health. -Alayna

Consumed
Consumed

Chronic fatigue can be caused by many things, and this fatigue often comes with the connotation that the cause of a messy room or exhaustion is due to you not doing enough or laziness. You are defined by everything that you can't do; you are the mess. -Anonymous

We Are All Equal
We Are All Equal

Don’t judge a book by its cover -Elia

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