Álvaro D. Márquez | Emotional Baggage
While mental illness affects people of all socio-economic, racial and gender categories, people from low-income and working poor backgrounds experience vastly different quality-of-life and long-term mental and physical health outcomes than more affluent residents. We all carry our own emotional baggage, which affects us in specific ways according to our relative place in society. What can we gain as a community, by exploring the unspoken, often taboo, notion that we all deal with mental health problems, either through direct experience or through friends, family, co-workers, or neighbors? What could this county and state look like if policy makers prioritized access to preventive mental health services rather than the palliative measure of jailing the mentally ill and punishing the homeless, populations that often turn to drugs and criminalized behavior as coping mechanisms for symptoms of mental illness?
To learn more about Álvaro D. Márquez’ work, visit instagram.com/alvarodmarquez. “Emotional Baggage” is on display at Mental Health America-Los Angeles, 200 Pine Ave Suite 400, Long Beach, CA 90802 (map).