From anxiety and depression to bipolar and dissociative identity disorder, mental illness can hurt and can be scary. The stigma associated with it prevents many from seeking treatment or talking about it with friends and family. Animation can help people and professionals talk about mental health conditions. Like no other medium, it has the power to raise awareness and create understanding in a light and accessible manner. Talks and a selection of short animated films are waiting for you. Let's explore!
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Breaking down taboos
About 10% of the adult population suffer from mental illness at any one time. Improvements in treatment and care help many with a diagnosis to recover, improve their quality of life, and pursue their life goals. However, the stigma and discrimination associated with it, makes it often difficult for people to benefit fully for reintegration and social participation. When you are confronted with mental health challenges, Jan Willem Vonk is one of the people who will help you discover your strengths again. He has been a coach for over 9 years, helping people finding paid work or suitable education through IPS (Individual Placement and Support), a methodology contributing to the de-stigmatising of mental vulnerability. With an interest in the creative sector and an ear for storytelling, Jan Willem is always finding new ways to open up the conversation about mental health taboos.
Far Inside / Ver Binnen
What is it really like to live with schizophrenia? In the Virtual Reality installation Far Inside, you will step in the shoes of Ton – who has battled his psychoses to get his life together. The experience is based on the book Vandaag koop ik alle kleuren (‘Today I will buy all colours’) written by Karin Anema. The original interviews with Ton are the red line in the installation, which gives you an impression of reality through his eyes. Far Inside is the first experiment for on ongoing research project of Karin and Jenny van den Broeke of Studio APVIS (known for the award-winning short documentary Blind Loves and the 360° installation Zonder Handen). With Far Inside, the makers want to overcome the stigma of mental illness.
Frame of Mind
Tess Martin is an independent animator who works with cut-outs, ink, paint, sand or objects. Her most recent award-winning film is The Lost Mariner, an animated interpretation of an Oliver Sacks case study. Her films have displayed at galleries and festivals worldwide. Right now, she is working on Frame of Mind (working title), an animated fictional drama about neurological conditions using various frame-by-frame animated techniques.