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The goal of the "Behind the Smile" project is to increase awareness of mental health illness in adolescence through a photography campaign designed to decrease stigma surrounding mental illness and increase access to local resources available to both the adolescent and their families.” 

Mental health struggles are an, often invisible, battle that teenagers and young adults work to conquer everyday. With the Covid-19 pandemic at the forefront of our everyday endeavors, mental health issues have become a more significant battle. Our mission is to highlight mental health awareness through the perspectives of the teenage population participating in our project. We hope to give a sense of empowerment to those participating individuals and also use their messages to bring awareness in our community. We want to show people that they are not alone in this struggle. We are in this together, even when we are apart. 

Our Vision

Create an awareness campaign that invites teenagers, throughout the community, between the ages of 16 - 21 to participate in an empowering photoshoot. This photoshoot will be coupled with an optional outlet for participants to express feelings and perspectives relating to their mental health. For those who are interested, their mental health experience will be shared with the photos taken and displayed through partnerships and social media. 


Main Goals
Increase the awareness of the prevalence of mental health in our community among teens
Decrease the stigma of mental health illness
Increase awareness of (and promote) community mental health services 
Provide mental health outreach 
Empowerment through photography


Who should apply to be a part of the Behind the Smile Project?

We invite anyone, between the ages of 16 - 21 to participate in this empowering photoshoot. This photoshoot will be coupled with an optional opportunity for participants to express feelings and perspectives relating to their mental health on video. For those who are interested, their mental health experience will be shared with the photos taken and displayed through partnerships and social media. 



About - Behind The Smile