My art shows that even if someone looks happy all the time, they aren’t. You just need to look deeper not just see what you want to.
When the world can be yours, art projects allowed the creators of these projects to use visual, logical, and social-interpersonal learning styles to capture the attention of the Ramona High School students and, more importantly, to promote Mental Health dialogue among one another.
This Art Project required a great deal of internal reflection and dialogue to consider how to voice the concerns of our RAMS and how to reassure others that it’s truly okay to ask for help.
When I made this work, I learned and realized a few things. One of the things that I learned is that people can be afraid of asking “Why do I feel like this?” They could be scared to address their mental health. They could also be scared of reaching out or trying to understand what they’re feeling. I realized that I relate to this because I sometimes avoid or ignore my mental health problems even though I shouldn’t. I wanted this project to feel relatable and to make a viewer realize that they could be ignoring their problems and then try to start addressing them.
When I first heard about the monthly prompt, it first reminded me of how we use social media or texting. Nowadays, a lot of people use hashtags (#) in their social media to share their thoughts about things like Black Lives Matter and Stop Asian Hate protests. So, I thought that it would be great to use the hashtag #takeaction4MH to help others who need help with mental health problems.
I like this film because it’s a good way on how to tell people how to raise your happiness. We love making films.
Angelica: “Some things that I got from my film is doing my own pledges for myself we chose to do pledges for mental health and some special effects was we used a green screen.”
Jesse: “I got to feel better about myself and we picked it because we thought it would be easy.”
Shelliece: “I have been trying to keep track of my mental health, and I got a really helpful pledge to recite for when I’m feeling sad.”