“If you put shame in a petri dish, it needs three ingredients to grow exponentially: secrecy, silence, and judgment. If you put the same amount of shame in the petri dish and douse it with empathy, it can’t survive.” ~ Brene Brown
Bristol Zine Project was initially started with the intention of gathering stories from people who lived with suicidal thoughts/feelings, and/or have lived through a suicide attempt (you can buy this zine here!). Due to our first zine being so successful, I have decided to expand and make more zines about other important and not-talked-about-enough subjects. For example, Post-Traumatic Stress.
The project hopes to unite people by providing a space to connect and share stories. Through doing so we allow ourselves the chance to feel heard, validated, and to heal, whilst opening up a much-needed dialogue in wider society.
The intersections of identity and mental health are also rarely acknowledged. Yet identity of course affects the way world treats us and thus the way we see ourselves. This project is inclusive and encouraging of people of oppressed identities who wish to share their experiences of survival in these intersections.
Artwork by Isabel Litten