After I almost lost my life at age 13, I was desperate to heal. Art gave me colors. Light. Hope in magical worlds that I could sneak away to until I re-learned the sound of my voice.


In July, 2017, I embarked on a self-portrait series to conceptually illustrate my journey with clinical depression and bipolar disorder for Minority Mental Health Month. As the Founder and Executive Director of a global youth-run mental health nonprofit, Letters to Strangers, I am deeply invested in the power of art and the human connection.


:: Read more about my creative thought process behind each photo of this series here.

:: See the Adobe + NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) youth art Challenge this series inspired here.

:: Watch my TEDxTeen speech in Times Square on mental health, art, and empathy here.

#1: Cotton Cold

#1: Cotton Cold

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#2: Bipolar Balloons

#2: Bipolar Balloons

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#3: Rubber B(r)anded

#3: Rubber B(r)anded

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#4: Masked Malady

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