For many, the holidays season is the best, most joyous time of the year. For others, it’s the opposite.
Living with a mental illness is tough. And it’s even harder when you’re expected to be all happy and jolly, loving life with your friends and family.
It’s hard to explain how an atmosphere of happiness can have a negative impact on people with a mental illness.
So, we spoke to a number of people with such difficulties, and invited them to share how this makes them feel.
The artist Emma Rose illustrated these descriptions, to help us all to understand and be more empathetic toward people struggling with a mental illness – especially at this time of year.
Originally featured on AllClear, which commissioned this project as part of its commitment to raising awareness for mental illnesses and those who live with them.