Broken Record: The Effects of Depression and Monotony

By: Dion H.

11th Grade, Ida B. Wells APAC, Jackson, Mississippi,

Artist Statement

Mental illness and depression education is something that was rarely talked about in school until more and more classrooms began SEL (Social Emotional Learning) lessons. By helping us take care of our mental health, there is acceptance when someone tells you that they are really struggling and can’t move forward. Because I am also neurodiverse, I struggle with the ability to express what is wrong. I wanted to make an artwork that portrayed my depressive episodes and mundane cycle day-by-day that felt like a broken record. Thanks to understanding by my friends, teachers, and family I now can break free of this depressive cycle and maybe one day pull someone else out of their repetitive cycle.