April 29, 2014

Exhibit Depicts Students’ Mental Health Struggles

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By TALIA JUBAS

Cornell Minds Matter celebrated the opening of an art exhibit called “Faces of Mental Health,” a photo campaign depicting the identities and mental health struggles of Cornell students, in Willard Straight Hall Tuesday.

Saadiya Mutawakil ’14, president of Cornell Minds Mattr — a student-run organization that works to decrease the stigma associated with mental illness — said the exhibit shows each participant in two portraits displayed side by side. She said one portrait depicts a struggle they experience and the other portrays their identity separate from their stresses, worries and concerns.

Alana Seixas ’14, right, views her photo at the opening of Cornell Minds Matter’s Faces of Mental Health Exhibition at Willard Straight Hall Tuesday. (Kelly Yang / Sun News Photography Editor)

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