The embroidery (by Rebecca Bruton Textiles) is a reflection of interviewees and myself (Sarah Hollebon) who have personal experiences with depression. The two snakes suffocate and swallow themselves into the human figures, dragging them down and controlling them, which is constantly mirroring this disorder. The human figures hold similarities of one another, however not identical. This shows us no two depression cases are the same, one of many misconceptions around mental health. The snakes suffocating the human figures convey chilling issues of suicide; the cross, emblems, and empty sunset in the distance, depict the realistic links of mental health and suicide, it’s real, it’s happening, and we need to act on it NOW.

January 30, 2020