Most people don’t choose to be infected with HIV. In fact, for many women, they only developed this life-threatening condition because their partner didn’t know (or didn’t tell them) that they were HIV-positive.
I did five storyboards for this stop motion video and finally landed on this version. "Helix" is about a girl trying to escape her problems or "monsters". Unwilling to confront them, she encounters even bigger problems. Eventually the shadow foxes of fear take over and the darkness becomes absolute. Will she find something within her to keep the monsters at bay?
Video submission by Indellable, age 15.
Stephen P. Lewis, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Guelph. His areas of expertise are self-injury and youth mental health.
Video submitted by Connor, age 20.
There is not much discretion when it comes to me choosing a mate when I’m ill. It seems that my M.O. is to fall for someone who also battles some form of mental illness – be it anxiety, depression, addiction, paranoia – the list drones on.
I struggle with always trying to achieve perfection. While that can make me ambitious and resourceful, it also makes me incredibly unhappy. I agonize over my yoga poses (are they as good as they can be? why can’t I touch my nose to my thigh yet?
Our eyeballs are the world. We have two worlds, two eyeballs. Maybe one is evil and the other is pure. Stars are the cells in our body. The galaxies are different moods. And the moon is different sufferings and favourite times in our lives. Our brain holds hidden secrets—those we yearn to understand. Our heart is the sun. True pleasing comes from somewhere pure.