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The artist of this striking piece grew up as the youngest of four brothers. As you might imagine, he struggled to be noticed and often felt isolated, even in his own home. When he was a teenager, the artist began to draw as a way to vent his feelings onto the page. As the artist continued to age, his mental health issues worsened, sometimes he even heard voices, and eventually he attempted suicide. Luckily, he was able to get the treatment they needed, and today the artist is engaged to a wonderful woman, has a career he enjoys, and has found coping mechanisms for his mental health. In this piece, he reflects on those troublesome times, where he felt voices and vices pulling him various directions, and he was just trying to hold it all together.
Artist: Carlos Balarezo
Hearing voices is more common than you think. Some estimate up to 28% of people will experience an auditory hallucination at some point, and 75% of those are considered “psychologically healthy.” It is important to seek help for controlling voices if this occurs, but you should not view yourself as an enigma. You are not alone. (Psychology Today)
You can bounce back from the brink. Research shows that only 1 in 25 of people who attempt suicide succeed. Of those that survive, only 10% will succeed in a future attempt to end their lives. Many more will go on to manage their mental distress and have a great chance of living happy and fulfilling lives. (TODAY)
Question: What should you talk to someone about? What feelings have you been hiding that need to be addressed aloud? You don’t have to suffer alone.
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