A novel anti-stigma approach!
They sat for photographs and told me their stories. One lost a father when she was seven to a bullet from a bar’s bouncer. Another served five years in prison. Another met his girlfriend through his treatment and therapy.Each had been diagnosed with a mental illness, ranging from mild depression to schizophrenia. And they each found community and help within the walls of the Stanislaus chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness NAMI.The 12 black and white portraits ended up being one of the most popular galleries ever on the Modesto Bee website. The pictures in the print edition spanned two pages.