“When my mum learned that I was an LGBTQI＋ rights defender, she asked me about my sexuality/sexual orientation, then she wanted me to see a psychologist to help me adjust my weird behavior and heal me from abomination and mental disease.” Khoukha is a gender-queer person from Tunisia. Khoukha agreed to visit the psychologist, expecting to be met with support, but instead was met with judgement. “I don’t agree with my psychologist, everyone should have the right to experiment femininity and masculinity and every possible way of gender expression despite of the biological sex they were assigned to at birth. Gender is a social construct, individuals should have the right to build and express their gender identity the way they want.”
Read Khoukha's story shared with the @WhereLoveIsIllegal campaign, a platform for #LGBT stories of survival. Photo by @Hammond_Robin / @noorimages. This image was made with film from @impossible_hq. This is a @witness_change project. For more stories of survival follow @WhereLoveIsIllegal#impossibleproject
Photo by @hammond_robin / @Noorimages Zoran Stih and Ruzica Vidakovic met at a mental health institution in Osijek. They moved out in 2015 and are now married and living in an apartment in the town.
The institution in Osijek, eastern Croatia, was one of the oldest in the Balkans and is run by Ladislav Lamza, a former social worker who is taking on the government, the health minister, and his own staff to transform the lives of his “beneficiaries” – the patients of what was until recently an old-style asylum. In May 2015 Lamza ripped down the sign outside – replacing “Home for the Insane” with “Centre for People Like Us” and began moving people out.
Robin travelled to Croatia to meet former residents of the insitution with @opensocietyfoundations and their stories feature in The Guardian newspaper [copy and paste the link to read: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/nov/19/croatia-mental-health-pioneering-centre]
The images are part of One Day In My World, our new campaign designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with mental health issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. To see more visit @onedayinmyworld
“I dream of Syria of the bombings and missiles. Life in Lebanon is nicer because there are no bombings” says 10 year old Ayat Ramadan from Homs, Syria. She now lives in Beddawi Refugee Camp in northern Lebanon, and like many of the children newly arrived there, displays signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
#InMyWorld is designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with mental health issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. This first phase of the campaign was created in collaboration with @handicap_uk and @handicap_international as part of Witness Change's work on global mental health. @witness_change is a nonprofit that aims to end human rights violations for marginalized communities through visual storytelling. To see more from this campaign please follow @OneDayInMyWorld.
@onedayinmyworld and @Hammond_Robin are honoured to be the opening speaker at the Touching Minds, Raising Dignity conference organised by @HI_France and the French Development Agency - Agence Française de Développement.
Sharing the voices of people denied the right to speak is why we do our work so we're very grateful to be given the opportunity to talk to the audience from France, Togo, Lebanon and other countries where Handicap International works.
While we may take the stage to speak, it's more important to us that those present hear the stories of those living with mental health issues, so Robin starts his talk by introducing Hellen from South Sudan.
You can hear more from Hellen and others from the new campaign at our website www.onedayinmyworld.com
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Children turn a cemetery into their playground in severely overcrowded Beddawi Refugee Camp.
Lebanon has hosted Palestinian refugee camps since 1952, when Palestinians were displaced from their homeland. These camps still exist today, with generations of refugee families, numbering more than one million people, unable to return home. They live in overcrowded and impoverished conditions, face pressures from extremist groups, and there are restrictions on their right to work. The conflict in Syria added to the camps’ numbers and collective trauma, as Palestinian refugees once based in Syria now seek refuge in Lebanon amongst fellow Palestinians. Multiple families live in one house, children grow up in a heavily militarised environment, trauma of living through war contributes to a disabling environment that can exacerbate or even cause mental health problems especially amongst children.
#InMyWorld is a campaign that seeks to expose the challenges faced by people living with mental health issues and give them the chance to be seen, heard and valued. This first phase of the project has been created in collaboration with Handicap International @handicap_uk
“Hi my name is Rick I am 23 years of age and I’m gay. Growing up I was always being treated like an outcast. I have been homeless more than one." Rick is one of hundreds who has their story with us as part of Where Love is Illegal - photographed by @hammond_robin to amplify the voices of the LGBTQI＋ community.