I look at the scrap of paper as he shoves it back to me and see that my name is being crudely scratched away until it is nothing but a blank space. No face and no name, I sit, staring out at the blurred objects.
The loss of identity is a debilitating part of suffering with a mental illness. It can be a feeling of helplessness and uselessness, watching your friends, family, and life pass you by but never being able to feel a part of something or feel like you are someone.
No Face, No Name is a metaphorical journey of a passenger experiencing this loss of identity and the metaphoric characters of despair, loneliness, criticism, hope, and acceptance they meet while on the train that never seems to stop travelling.
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About the Author
Matilda Purcell is an exhibited artist, dancer, and dance teacher, and a passionate advocate of mental health. Diagnosed with an early-onset major depressive disorder more than ten years ago, she has struggled, lived with, and overcome the adversities she faced growing up with a mental-health disorder. Matilda is now studying to become an art therapist, wanting to use her skills and experience to help others who are suffering.
She believes that empowering people to find their voices in their mental-health journeys is an important part of coming to terms with the disease and that finding new ways to discuss and describe the experiences of suffering from a mental disorder is an important step towards healing. Matilda has a bachelor of design degree and a certificate of initiatic art therapy and is currently studying for a bachelor of visual arts and a diploma of counselling.