While Sarah has always been a familiar face to any Canadian with a television, I happened to stumble upon her work and The Crazy Project in the way that a lot of us make our discoveries these days - while casually perusing social media. Beyond recently coming to appreciate the positive affects of regular mental wellness practices, something about Sarah's way of talking about mental health really resonated with me. Her approach is gracefully direct, and her efforts towards beautifully documenting and amplifying voices that are often left unheard, had me impressed and wanting to know more. Over a cup of coffee, we chatted about the past, present, and future of The Crazy Project.
What is "The Crazy Project"?
The Crazy Project is a photo project focused on changing perceptions and reducing stigma about mental health. I want to keep it simple and let it be just that. It is my hope that it continues to be a platform for stories and a community that promotes healing and inclusion.
Describe what brought you to what you're doing now.
That’s a big question. I will say that I have explored a lot of forks in the road that have always been motivated by following my heart, asking a lot of questions and seeing the world. For me it’s been television, travel, social issues and mental health advocacy, art and photography and now more school.
Talk about TCP's evolution. Where did it come from and what has it evolved into? What has the response been like?
I started the project in the wake of my mother's death. Grief is an interesting teacher. My mother struggled with schizophrenia for a lot of her life, and the challenges she faced and a lot of her experiences really impacted me. I thought I had dealt with how I felt about her and some of my childhood experiences, as well as my own issues with depression and anxiety, but grief has this beautiful and terrifying way of splitting things completely open. The project has been a way to deal with things, educate myself, and hold space for other people.