AT ITS WORSE: DEPRESSION IS A COLD-BLOODED, MOOD DISORDER

An important post from The Neighborhood.

The Neighborhood

Celebrity & The Reality of Depression

Depression is a common mental disorder
that affects people of all ages,
from all walks of life and in every nation.
– WHO, World Health Day spotlights Depression

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The worst part of being depressed isn’t the numbness, it’s the lies that depression makes you tell yourself. It tells you that your best friend on earth hates you. It tells you that if you were to confide in someone that they wouldn’t care. It tells you that you are the biggest disgrace to ever walk the face of the planet. You might reject these lies for a while but eventually you start to believe them. You start to push people away because you don’t want to be a burden. – Depression by Suzanne Davidson, 2016 Mental Health Week

At its worse, living with depression is suicidal.

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from 1994, Tupac
with Pain

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April 7, 2017 World Health Day spotlights Depression. 

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A Tribute to Kendall Person and The Neighborhood

An illustration made in Virtual Reality that depicts a male and a female avatar in formal attire dancing in a nighclub
An Illustration made in virtual reality.

My first post of 2017 is a tribute to Kendall Person and the healing power of community and collaboration.

Faith and a belief in one’s self worth is crucial to the recovery of someone with a serious mental health diagnosis.

I’ve discussed our cynical legal system that protects the rights of the mentally disabled by using our loss of judgement as an excuse to deny us treatment.

Truly integrating people with psychiatric disabilities into society means respecting us enough to grant us access to the resources we need to heal
and fulfill our lives as people.

To give us a chance to collaborate and contribute where we can.

In Kendall Person’s Neighborhood I was accepted and treated with respect
which restored my sense of self-worth as an artist.

The videos I’ve worked on with Kendall and The Neighborhood have both involved the use of Virtual Reality to make illustrations.

The first video I worked on with Kendall was about a couple named Jack and Belinda.

As Kendall envisioned them, Jack and Belinda had always loved each other but had never met.

An illustration made in Virtual Reality that depicts a male and a female avatar in casual attire dancing in a nighclub
The first incarnation of Jack and Belinda.

As the narrative evolved, Jack and Belinda are dead but Belinda doesn’t know.

An illustration made in Virtual Reality that depicts a male and a female avatar in formal attire dancing in a nighclub
Jack arrives to take Belinda up in a dance of ascension.

Jack arrives to take Belinda up in a dance of ascension.

I spent a week making textures and sets in virtual reality.

I shot hundreds of high-resolution stills of avatars in different costumes and skins as they danced and became Jack and Belinda.

I’d send Kendall a test video and he critiqued it.

We often disagreed, but learning how to intelligently argue a point of view is an essential life skill and crucial to successfully coping with a chronic mental illness.

People with mental illness often become passive out of fear of alienating friends and treatment providers.

I had never made a video and only did so because of Kendall’s faith me.

The result was a 1 minute video called Jack and Belinda, the Ascension.

A couple of weeks ago Kendall asked me to give a short statement for
December’s closing performance, a one night only live-stream on Facebook.

My contribution was a short video in which I describe how I evolved a
healthier sense of self by describing the work I did with Kendall.

Imagine the power of living in a community of equals who nurture the
best in each other.

For the video below I went back to the raw shoots and chose the shots I considered the best as illustrations.

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Jack and Belinda created by Kendall Person
Photography and video by Rob Goldstein
(c) 2016
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The Dissection of Blame

No one gives us our rights. We must claim them, and once we have them we must remember that our opposition doesn’t vanish. He patiently waits for the day we drop our guard.

IN REVERSE: Two Decades After Million Man March

From the Public Blogger

The Neighborhood

Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.
– Kofi Annan, former Secretary General, United Nations

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from Tel Aviv Israel, Ofir J Rock with Desert Dance 

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Hail Mary 2 Decades After the Million Man March October 16, 1995 Capitol Mall, Washington DC Million Man March

“What’s the next move ? Since then a new generation has grown up,they need directions. Where have all the men gone?”  –  Question posted by a Facebook reader under a post via The Grio with the above photo captioned On this Day in History
IN REVERSE: Two Decades After The Million Man March
written & edited by Kendall F. Person

I boarded the flight in Kingston, Jamaica and six hours later touched down in my nation’s capitol, Washington D.C.  Once into the fairways, the noticeable difference was instant, and if a person did not know, they would have been inclined to ask if something was going on. It…

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