Why did I start this project? 
eating disorderself-harm  
Is there a look to mental heath? I don't think so but I do know that lots of people do think there is. What worries me is that so do a lot of health care professionals. People have told me time and time again that they have had their MH (mental heath) dismissed because they look 'fine'. I've also seen it first hand from friends, strangers, doctors and other health care professionals . We need to try and breakdown the stereotypes that those who are suffering always have to look like they are. 

Can someone with depression be happy? Look happy?.. Yes! Of course they can. Having happy moments doesn't suddenly fix the underlying issues though.
 The person that just got told they look 'fine' may have spent the whole morning, whole week, whole any period of time building the energy up to be there in that moment.  
How long did the person how just got told they look fine spend trying to not feel too ugly to go out? To tell themselves they deserve to go out and have a good time?
How long did the person who just got told they look fine spent covering up the physical injury's they inflicted upon themselves?
The bottom line is you have no idea if someone is suffering. You have no idea the trauma someone may have. 

How can you get involved?
Being here reading this, reading the peoples stories within this project.
You can also help by sharing this to other people.
You can also get directly involved by sharing your story and having a photo of you in this project. If this is something you want to do you can contact me via email at info@hiddenbythesmile.com or by using the 'contact' page
If you do want to share your story please read this -
The photo taken of you will only be used with your consent. At any time you can request your photo, story or both to be taken down. The photo and story will be public on this website and social media sites such as Instagram.

The story / caption you give to go accompany the photo can be as long or as short as you like. 

This isn't a studio shoot - You pick the place, this is about you. Where makes you feel comfortable? Or maybe doing an activity makes you feel comfortable. Whatever it is ill do my best to make it work, just ask!
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