Depression is a very serious emotion that nearly 350 million people in the United States suffer from. It affects the way people see the world. Studies show that people affected by depression see the world as a dark and gray place, while people unaffected see it as bright and colorful. Everyone has their stories, whether they are happy or whether they come from deep inside people, the place where people bury their feelings, their soul. No matter how deep or depressing a person’s life is there are always ways to overcome it. She was 44 years old, which is pretty young for a citizen of the United States. She was the happiest person you’d have ever thought of, or so we thought. On April 2nd, of 2015, our beloved teacher and friend had committed suicide. It was said that she had hung herself due to severe depression. Nobody ever saw it coming, which shows how people can get really good at hiding their feelings. No one should have to live this way, there can be things done to prevent things such as suicide. If you are ever depressed or on the verge of suicide, our best advice is to go to the people that you love and care about (such as family or friends) and use them as support. Support from loved ones can travel so much farther than you know.

We used the power of photography to express how we felt about depression. In our photos, you will see that young teens can experience many challenging things, but the power of self-worth and friendship can bring you out of the dark. Masks are frequently used as stereotypes and ways that people can cover themselves up with and brand themselves by the things people say. The only way for you to truly overcome and defeat the mask is to be yourself and disregard the comments of the unfriendly and unsupportive.  Find good friends who support and acknowledge you for you. If you are ever in a situation where you are having suicidal thoughts know that the suicide hotline is open 24/7!

Sources: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs369/en                                                                                    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/


Our story started off with the main character staring right into the eyes of her future. In this case, she is staring into her new/future school. We chose the black and white setting because this is unknown territory for her. Anything unknown can be scary at times.
The young girl makes new friends, but soon realizes that everyone seems to be hidden behind masks. Nobody seems to come face to face with their true identity.
Peer pressure was a major part that took a toll on her life, as it does many people. Society started to push her to do things she never thought she would do, including wearing a mask to cover her true identity.
She once was the only one in the school to be showing who she really was, but then began to be like the others. She continued her daily tasks all the same, but as someone she wasn’t. Words started to appear on the mask when she started to believe bad things others were saying about her.
She listened to herself for the first time in a while and began to take the mask off regularly.
She noticed that others were doing the same and ditching the masks to follow their true identities. This led her to really follow her instincts.
Light and color started to shine in her life as she marked out the words on her mask. She began to start feeling confidence in herself again.
She knew she wasn’t living to her full potential and had a positive outlook on her future.
She took off the mask and knew she was happier with the way she was now rather then how she had been living. She chose better friends and began building new relationships.

Depression affects a person deeply. Don’t hide yourself with a mask of how others see you.


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