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Photo taken by Page, a teenager from Columbus, Ohio, who has used music and art to help her navigate through mental illness. At just 17, Page has already been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, major depression, and panic disorder. She has had three suicide attempts and has self harmed for over four years. She still struggles every day but she is slowly becoming able to cope with it in a healthier way thanks to the help she’s gotten from medications, therapy, and her family and friends.
About this photo: “This photograph really means a lot to me because it represents the struggles I have encountered with self harm and low self esteem. I felt so low about myself that I felt the need to harm the outside to match the inside. I treated myself like paper, cutting and burning constantly and I could barely look at myself in the mirror without breaking into tears. This photo really represents the struggles I have experienced and it’s one of the most emotional art pieces I have done so far.”