Isamu "Som" Jordan was designed to create community. His passions raced just under the skin - you could see them coursing through him. When he interacted with others he’d infect them with that same passion. He didn't sleep - his mind and spirit were rarely quiet enough to allow it. Those who met him felt as if he understood them. His music and his words illustrated his ability to connect and made him seem as if he possessed the superpowers we read about in comic books. It was his vulnerability that made him human. Depression, like cancer, is a taker. It takes from us our importance. It takes fathers from their families. It takes sons from their mothers. It takes our ability to know ourselves. Our communities and our families are not built on rocks, they are built on you, me and Som - the vulnerable. We humans are responsible for one another.
Our intention is to bring awareness to the stigma of mental illness, Som has and is a light of inspiration for all of us. Mental illness can affect all people in varying ways leaving families and communities divided. Our intention is to demonstrate that anyone can be affected in this way; your neighbor, brother, mother, friend, the grocery clerk or bus driver. Any face could be the face of mental illness to some degree. We want to open the discussion to the community. A statement that is saying, "It's okay to talk about this, you are not alone!". We hope that by demonstrating varying degrees of class, color, gender, type it creates a new perspective, a new and more hopeful way to approach the issue.
Conviértete en un líder de grupo organizando una acción grupal Inside Out. Reúne al menos 50 miembros de tu comunidad que apoyen un mensaje que les apasione y pega sus retratos en un espacio público en tu comunidad.