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The MHA Inside Out Project Group Action is part of a Ted Prize winning, global, participatory art project by artist JR. Take a behind the scenes look at our stigma busting exhibit that has traveled to more than 20 venues since 2018, including NJ Transit, Montclair Public Library, Caldwell University, and New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies NJAMHAA HQ.
Look into my eyes. One in five people is diagnosed with a mental health condition, and one in twenty-five has a serious mental illness. Mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters, siblings, friends, and all our loved ones. Each of us is affected. Empathy can erase the stigma. We’re out in the open, and in it together.
Scroll down for comments written by visitors to our Out in the Open. In it Together. installations, and to read anonymous statements of group action participants.
This exhibition is featured on the National Museum of Mental Health projects website as part of an emerging trend in mental health themed exhibits.
“This action means to me to get rid of the stigma around mental illness. It is just like any other physical ailment. There are many programs out there to help. Some services include medication therapy, individual therapy and group therapy, so no one suffering has to feel that they're alone.”
“Being an advocate for a family member challenged with severe mental illness has been a scary, yet rewarding experience. It has made me understand that a person is a person, and despite having been diagnosed with mental illness deserves respect, and has rights as a human being.”
“It’s good to see that I’m not alone."
"Mental illness has been considered taboo, however, thanks to some brave people, it’s finally being taken seriously!”
“Inspired, thought provoking, emotional – shows the power and light of each individual."