Witness Change is on a mission to end human rights violations against marginalized communities through visual storytelling. Their latest campaign, In My World, seeks to give a voice to some of the world’s most vulnerable people.
One in four of us will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in our lives. These illnesses are exacerbated for people living in adverse conditions like poverty, conflict and war. In these types of communities, treatment is scarce and the ill are often stigmatized or worse, imprisoned for fear of their affliction.
For the In My World campaign, Witness Change founder and acclaimed photographer, Robin Hammond, traveled to Lebanon, South Sudan, Togo and Madagascar to document the stories of people living in environments that compromise their mental health, from prisons and refugee camps to impoverished and war-torn communities.
We worked with their team to curate a digital experience that showcases these poignant and often heartbreaking stories with the goal of increasing awareness about mental health. Users are encouraged to share their own personal stories related to mental health, or to make a donation to the organization. The hope is to decrease stigma and encourage conversation around this dire issue.