#TimeToTalk is an ongoing photo-based campaign that is dedicated to the de-stigmatization of mental health through conversations. This campaign is not simply about highlighting what mental illnesses are but aims to help break down barriers and stigmas that exist in our everyday life, language, and communities.
This exhibit began as a result of experiences I had in my personal life. I noticed that many close friends of mine experienced difficulties with mental health. As they disclosed to me their experiences, struggles, and journeys navigating care I began to realize how much mental health truly can impact anyone. It does not have a face or name and can affect anyone. I realized that it was not distinguishable and that symptoms are not always visible to the naked eye.
I realized that conversations about mental health were not always easy to have and that it was imperative that we as a community begin having these types of important conversations. I wanted to use my photography as a means to start this conversation and to discuss the complexities of mental health.
It is my hope that this exhibit serves as a starting point for us to have an open and candid conversation about mental health.
While I am the creator of the images for this project, by no means was it an individual endeavour, it was a community effort. The participation and engagement of many community members and local businesses in Toronto were integral to the success of this project. Had it not been for their dedication towards our mutual goal of talking about mental health, we would not be here today. I wish to extend my deepest gratitude and thanks to everyone who participated.