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One Model One Story | World Mental Health Day

Today is the World Mental Health Day 2017

On this day, we are launching


20 models were in our studio the past 12 months

20 stories they share

Here’s our first one

It’s special

Because he’s the model of this photo

Also the photographer of our photoshoot project for all models

Name: Pere Ibañez

Country of Origin: Spain

Time in Beijing: Since 2008

Occupation: Artist


Just because you tell me to try to be happy, it does not mean I can be. Though, there is always light, and hope will come at some point.

On my low days, I am dysfunctional, but on my high days, I am immensely creative and productive. I do not talk well, so I work with photos and express myself through them.

There is the happiness and the sadness, and we are all looking for that balance. Yet, a perfect balance is impossible to achieve for anyone, not just bipolar sufferers.

I have known depression and mania for as long as I can remember. I also know close ones who have had such times of despair. Two years ago, I had a bad moment – I could not believe I was going to work in the state that I was, but surprisingly I was more functional than I imagined.

There is a way to carry on.

Treatment helps. I advised one of my students to find a doctor to help her. We need to find ways to help ourselves.

When depressive episodes hit, allow it to hit and embrace it. Feel those emotions, the despair, and the hopelessness.

The lows do not stay low forever, and neither do the highs. When I am in the dark, there is a portal of light from somewhere

Be patient with the healing process. When leaves whirl in the wind, and all seems confusing, give yourself time. The leaves will settle.

When confined in despair, air can seep through somehow.

Wind is not always a bad thing. Through the corners of shut windows, cracks allow the wind to blow through, a fresh rejuvenation… and when the air passes through, it takes with it, the sorrow, the tears, and the melancholy.

We need to try to be realistic. I remind myself to be realistic, that it will all pass. We stay in the moment and let it be.

Hope always comes at some point.

Our partner from Bearapy (Founder: Enoch Li) is the magic behind the “One Model One Story” series. She conducted interviews with the models and created heart-touching narratives from their words and experiences. You can follow Bearapy by scanning the QR code below.