Depression-Campaign-BetterStartsHere

#BetterStartsHere was a campaign by HeadsUpGuys during October 2015 to raise awareness around men’s depression and support men’s efforts to lead healthy lives. The campaign connected men and their supporters from all over the world by featuring images created by renowned photographers from Canada, US, UK, and Australia.

Leading off our campaign was BC-based award winning photographer Joel Robison. Joel’s mind-blowing photography has gathered nearly a quarter of a million fans on Facebook, and he was hired by Coca Cola for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Tour to capture happiness in over 90 countries. As the campaign continued, other talented photographers joined the cause to share their answer to the question, “what does your better look like?”

#BetterStartsHere Recap

Photos and quotes were shared with @HeadsUpGuys on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using the tag #BetterStartsHere.

Artist Submissions

 

Joel Robison

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“This is the first image in a series centred around times and places that we start to feel better. This is that first step out the door, into the world again.”

– Joel Robison, conceptual photographer based out of British Columbia, Canadafacebookinsta twitter Flickr

Second Submission:

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“This second #BetterStartsHere image was to show how one of the ways I know I’m feeling better is when I want to get out and run. Running is my ultimate therapy, it helps me meditate and burn off all the excess energy my brain holds when I’m not feeling 100%.”

– Joel Robison, conceptual photographer based out of British Columbia, Canada facebookinsta twitter Flickr

Third Submission:

Joel Robison, HeadsUpGuys #BetterStartsHere

“Feeling depressed or anxious always drains my creativity, the colours just seem dull, but when I’m better everything seems to come back to vibrant colours again.”

– Joel Robison, conceptual photographer based out of British Columbia, Canada facebookinsta twitter Flickr

Fourth Submission:

Joel Robison, HeadsUpGuy, BetterStartsHere

“This image shows that when we start to feel better we want to celebrate it, and we should. Each time we can stand up and say we’ve made it, is worth celebrating.”

– Joel Robison, conceptual photographer based out of British Columbia, Canada facebookinsta twitter Flickr

Nathan Milner

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“This image was created to visualize the sense of drowning and helplessness that guys with depression and anxiety experience. Yet, no matter how dark and overwhelming it can seem, we only need to reach out and help will find us. Together we can break the stigma surrounding depression in men, and show them that they’re not alone.”

Nathan Milner, fine art portrait photographer based out of Melbourne, Australia  facebook twitter Flickr

Second Submission:

Nathan Miller, HeadsUpGuys #BetterStartsHere

“I’ve always found the hardest person to ask for help is yourself. I created this image to show that once I learnt how to accept myself and enjoy my own company, I found I was able to be more self aware and in a better state of mind.”

Nathan Milner, fine art portrait photographer based out of Melbourne, Australia  facebook twitter Flickr

William Patino

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“When it came to this project I really couldn’t ignore this photo. This one is a special image to me as it represents my journey with depression. 

Struggling with mental illness, I remember feeling so helpless, as if my world was surrounded by darkness. It was a heavy burden to carry, to wake up and feel on your shoulders everyday.

Despite this there was a small fragment of hope that was just able to keep me going, no matter how much I wanted to give up I knew deep down there was a way out. This photo represents stepping out of darkness and in to new life, not giving up and knowing there is still hope.”

William Patino, professional landscape and travel photographer based out of Wollongong, Australia   facebookHeadsUpGuys Instagram twitter FlickrGoogle Plus

Adam Hague

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“This photo is about coming through the other side of depression, discovering love that your mind, body and soul deserves.”

Adam Hague, conceptual self portrait artist and photographer based out of Brunei and the UK  facebookHeadsUpGuys Instagram  Flickr

Second Submission:

Adam Hague, HeadsUpGuys, BetterStartsHere

“Dedicated to my support system, my family, my loved ones, my friends. I often find peace and positivity as soon as I take the first step of allowing myself to be happy. And realising the presence of people who have always been my rock during my storm.”

Adam Hague, conceptual self portrait artist and photographer based out of Brunei and the UK  facebookHeadsUpGuys Instagram  Flickr

Robby Cavanaugh

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“The image is to show others what the daily struggle of depression feels like; a constant wind up to get through the day. Yet for me, being able to create is closure to that anxiety. Self expression is a great way to channel your negativities into a better life for yourself.”
– Robby Cavanaugh, fine art photographer based out of Portland, Oregon  facebookHeadsUpGuys Instagram twitter Flickr

Rob Woodcox

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“I shot this during torrential rain in a cable car in Vietnam as part of the #BetterStartsHere campaign for HeadsUpGuys, to bring more awareness to depression. In a society dominated by self-reliance and independence, it can be hard to admit that sometimes we experience inner hurt. And so the voyage of self discovery continues, we must give ourselves space to do so! I have found that taking time to invest in myself through retreats to nature is one of the best cures for inner hurt.”
– Rob Woodcox, surreal portrait and fine art photographer based out of Portland, Oregon  facebookHeadsUpGuys Instagram twitter Flickr

Seanen Middleton

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“On the rainy days, when everything is dark but you don’t mind because you love the way the rain sounds as it hits your window and the intricate patterns the droplets make as they travel down the glass. In the way the bitter autumn air bites your skin and makes you feel alive.”
Seanen Middleton, fine art and portrait photographer based out of Lake District, England   facebook HeadsUpGuys Instagram  Flickr

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