In the past, schizophrenia has been portrayed as a violent mental illness by filmmakers, which has both added to and confirmed the stigma already associated with schizophrenia. As long as this stigma continues to exist, schizophrenia will remain an extremely isolating mental illness.
The schizophrenia monster’s eyes are sized differently, coloured and appear in a trance like state to symbolise hallucinations and the distorted view on reality that are symptoms of Schizophrenia.
The question and exclamation marks symbolise delusions, confusion, disordered thinking and behaviour that can also accompany schizophrenia.
The sound waves symbolise the voices that can be heard with schizophrenia. These voices- although confined within the persons head, can feel as real as if someone has spoken to them directly. The voices are so real, sometimes the person finds themselves answering back.
The illustrated sound waves are a replica of my voice saying ‘speak up, I am listening’.
The word ‘Schizophrenia’ across the mouth area represents speaking up about the illness while simultaneously symbolising how the illness keeps you silent.
The word 'monster' refers to the disorder, which can become monstrous without the right treatment or support, this does NOT refer to the people themselves. These illustrations are not designed to take away from the seriousness of these issues, instead they are created to encourage conversation and make these issues more approachable.
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