Photo taken by Jocelyn Ang, a 20-year-old woman from Singapore. Her mother was diagnosed with clinical depression when she was just 12-years-old. This was difficult for her, and over the next few years, that combined with the pressures of school and other responsibilities proved to be too much. Jocelyn fell into a major depression herself when she was 17. The obligations and expectations had become too overwhelming for her, and she was not able to do the things she wanted to do. She eventually returned to school and graduated, and now she is studying photography in university, which she feels is a great way for her to express her emotions and feelings. She still experiences bouts of depression and anxiety, accompanied by mild insomnia.
About this photo: “I took this photo after considering my emotional state at that point of time, where my creativity was running dry and I was having an artistic block. It felt like I was struggling with depression all over again, feeling empty and ungrounded. It was like being under the sun, yet I don’t feel it and joy seemed so far from reach.
People around me have always asked me to be stronger, but I feel insulted. It was not weakness that made me succumb to depression, and I still am strong in fighting against the emotions that threaten to drown me. I wish people would learn to understand mental health more before judging and assuming what is going through our minds.”