“Many Faces of Mental Health” Exhibit Reflection

This past weekend, a few of TUDSM students visited the “Many Faces of Mental Health” exhibit at the Boston Museum of Science. Check out how it went!

Vendita Correia (D20) reflects: “I recall the words in the movie Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, “be excellent to each other.” On Friday evening January 26, 2018, myself along with classmates Anne-Marie Vu D’19, Brent Mullen D’20, Dora Piedra D’20, Joseph Copeli D’21, and Shannon Walsh D’21, attended the, “Many Faces of Mental Health” exhibit at the Boston Museum of Science accompanied by the artist Lynda Cutrell. This impactful exhibit broke down many of the stigmas and misconceptions concerning mental illness. On the back wall of the exhibit were 99 images of people with mental illnesses and those who love them. These were people who represented various professions, backgrounds, and demographics.

As I reflect on this experience, I realize that we walk amongst many who suffer from various mental illnesses. They are our family, friends, WE are them. The exhibit challenges you to really consider how mental health is often treated in our society, as less of an illness and more of a social weakness. So much so that many groups do not accept or allow their members to adequately deal with what they are facing. This is why the section of the exhibit Census Datawas so encouraging because it showed various shades of brown representing 850 people with various mental illnesses. Mental illness is not exclusive and can truly affect anyone. I was truly grateful to have experienced this exhibit with my classmates and it was a great reminder to “be excellent to each other” because we never know the battles each of us face.  Thanks to Dr. Patterson, Professor Dolan and Nancy Marks for helping to make it all happen.”