May is also mentalhealthawareness month and I wanted to share this visual depiction of the invisible struggles we face created by @ellycatt on Instagram. It’s important to remember that we can’t see everyone’s struggle with mental illness, chronic illness, and autoimmune disorders like lupus, but they’re there and they’re valid. “I’m fine” is one of the biggest lies we tell ourselves and others. It is important to talk to somebody.

Elly explains her reason for creating this image, “I did this look to show that even though everything seems fine from the outside, there could still be something going on internally. Check in on your friends and family often. Let them know that you care about them. Even though they may seem like they aren’t sad, deep down, they could be struggling. If you, yourself, are struggling mentally, please reach out to someone.”