Mental Illnesses as Monsters

We all know that nobody really likes to talk about mental illness, this is mostly because they are so misunderstood. Toby Allen is an illustrator who has drawn monsters to represent different illnesses with a little description of each monster (illness). Something as simple as an illustration (not that the process of actually creating the illustration, of course) can spread awareness and maybe even some knowledge which could lead to understanding.

I have shared my anxiety troubles before and as a sufferer, I don’t so much wish for it to go away (although that would be amazing) but I wish for there to be more tolerance and acceptance that these mental illnesses are a real thing, and are serious! The more we talk, the more we share, the closer we will get to these conditions not being treated as just a “cry for attention”. These illustrations are a way to attract attention to illness in a non boring way.

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Do you suffer with any of these? If so, what do you think of these little descriptions?

Please also go and have a look at more of Toby Allen’s work on Tumblr. I am quite the fan now.

*Disclaimer: This is not my work, it is the work of Toby Allen

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