Mental Health Art Exhibit Asks, 'How Would You Like to be Seen?'

May 15, 2019

Mental Health Association Oklahoma's "See Me" mosaic comes together Wednesday during an exhibition at Guthrie Green.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

How would you like to be seen?

That’s the question Mental Health Association Oklahoma is asking everyone this month in the #SeeMe campaign.

"And the reason we’re asking that question is because a lot of times when people have severe mental illness, what happens is they get these labels put on them that they don’t necessarily want," said MHAOK Marketing Director Kristy Sturgill. "And so, this is their opportunity to write down how they would like to be seen versus maybe how they are actually seen by society."

MHAOK's purple "See Me" mosaic aims to bring awareness to the stigma people with mental illness face by having everyone write out an answer to the question, "How do you want to be seen?"

"When people have severe mental illness, sometimes they’re afraid to reach out for help because of the stigma, and we’re hoping that by breaking down some of these barriers, more people will be open to going and getting the help they need. So, that way they can continue to thrive and live the life they want to live," Sturgill said.

Mental Health Association Oklahoma is trying to get the interactive art exhibit to as many stops as possible during May, which is Mental Health Awareness month.

"Even people without severe mental illness can really interact with this campaign, because everybody has had moments where they’ve had these labels put on them that they don’t agree with," Sturgill said.

On Wednesday, the mosaic was out at Guthrie Green.