21-year-old photographer Edward Honaker, turned to his camera to create this arresting collection of self-portraits.
Photography helped this young artist cope with the mental disorder that had him feeling lost and afraid.
He explained to The Huffington Post, “All I knew is that I became bad at the things I used to be good at, and I didn’t know why. Our mind is who you are, and when it doesn’t work properly, it’s scary.”
Honaker hopes that this project will not only encourage others to become more accepting of individuals who struggle with depression, but also spark a conversation about this mental illness.
People with depression may not feel comfortable speaking up, especially in the case of men.
“When I was making the portfolio, I asked myself if I was the kind of person whom others would feel comfortable coming to if they were going through a difficult time and needed someone to talk to.”
“Truthfully, at the time, I don’t think I was. I’ve still got quite a ways to go, but the whole experience made me a lot more patient and empathetic towards others.”
“I think a really helpful way to end the stigma surrounding mental illness is to be there for others who might be suffering…You never really know what others may be going through so all you can really do is be kind and nonjudgmental.”