Mental illness affects people of all ages, races, genders and walks of life. But one’s options for dealing with mental illness, health care access and the lasting effects can vary greatly depending on race, class and other factors. Low-income and otherwise vulnerable people, people of color and immigrants often find it much harder to access appropriate, affordable mental health care and other resources, hence mental illness can impact them in much more severe and lasting ways. These animated profiles of two theoretical, composite characters – Susan and Robert – depict this disparity.
Animation by Lauren Harris. Lauren is an undergraduate student in the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She has an interest in videography, animation, web design and graphic design, and is the founder of a social justice, feminist and lifestyle blog called afrogirltalks.com. Voiceover by SJNN Fellow Rachel White.