National Women’s Health Week: Using makeup to depict what mental illness feels like

“I love the confidence that makeup gives me.” – Tyra Banks.

The key purpose behind a makeup is to appear more beautiful and have that glamourous appeal. Common among women of all ages, makeup helps them get that desired look that boosts their confidence. While there have been a lot of trials on how to look prettier, Canadian beauty blogger Yasaman Gheidi has now unveiled an “out of the sight” purpose that makeup can serve.

Instead of just helping a woman look attractive, makeup can also be used for a more significant purpose of expressing how a mental illness makes one feel. In January 2017, Gheidi, the 27-year-old makeup artist from Vancouver famous on social media as lilmoonchildd, had launched an online campaign titled “Inside Out Challenge.” Through this social media challenge, she invited participants dealing with some form of mental illness to exemplify, using makeup, how it makes them feel.

Inspired by the Disney-Pixar movie Inside Out, Gheidi kick-started the challenge by posting a YouTube video of a makeup tutorial in which she created different looks using makeup to demonstrate how her depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) would look like if they were visible conditions.

Through her ongoing challenge, the artist aims to remove the stigmas commonly associated with mental illnesses while encouraging their silent sufferers to express their emotions. It has inspired a lot of people to come out and show the world what their mental disorders made them feel like. For instance, one participant shared a look that represented an individual’s fear of speaking up about mental illness and another participant’s look expressed that mental illness made her feel “like drowning, but never dying.”

Creating awareness about mental illnesses

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one in five adults in the United States suffers from a mental illness in a given year. Moreover, as compared to men, women are more likely to develop one or the other form of mental illness. Therefore, it is important to be aware of the different types of mental illnesses that can affect women, the possible preventive measures and the initial steps to ensure recovery.

A majority of women are ignorant about their own problems, be it related to physical health or mental. They are unaware of the importance of discussing their mental illness with their family members or an expert. However, they must realize the significance of acting early and availing the necessary treatment at the right time.

To underline the importance of women’s health, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health observes the National Women’s Health Week every year. Being observed from May 14 to May 20, 2017, the week aims at creating awareness about different illnesses affecting women, be it physical or mental, and encourages them to be more conscious about their health.

Fighting mental barrier and illnesses

The power of makeup is not restricted to beautifying the looks and appearance of a woman. It has the potential to express the unsaid about mental illness and let others know how it actually makes one feel. While seeking treatment for a physical problem is still not a big issue, the stigma attached to mental conditions acts as a barrier to a woman’s well-being.

If you or a loved one is dealing with some form of mental health illnesses and is looking for details about the best mental health programs, the 24/7 Mental Health Helpline is there to help. Call our helpline number 855-653-8178 or chat online with our representatives to know more about one of the finest mental health facilities in your vicinity.