The American Psychiatric Association notes that BIPOC adults generally have a harder time locating and receiving mental health services, having found that 48% of whites received mental health services, compared with 31% of Blacks and Hispanics, and 22% of Asians in 2015. This is something comic artists, Anna Nguyen is well aware of and explores in her latest comic “The Depression Came.”
In celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month, Anna Nguyen presents her comic The Depression Came seeking to normalize openly talking about mental health challenges.
“Every time I have experienced depression it has been an internal alarm telling me that I need to rest, change, or stop and essentially reinvent myself in some way,” says Anna, “I experience a rebirth every time depression visits me.”
This piece is first and foremost dedicated to Anna’s self-resilience and bravery as well as her friend, Jilleen.
Download “The Depression Came” by Anna Nguyen here
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