Student Profiles

Aja Espinosa '16

Mentor:
Kristine Weatherston
Title of Project:
The Carousel Never Stops Turning: A Documentary

The Carousel Never Stops Turning explores the affect personal stigma and stigma at an institutional level has on those living with depression. The film will feature Jane, college student who experienced discrimination by her employer and university. Jane’s story will be told through interviews with friends and family as well as first hand accounts by Jane. It will depict what life is like in a society that demonizes an illness people live with. The main storyteller will be accompanied by the expertise of psychiatrists, therapists, social workers and other Mental Health professionals. The documentary will explore Jane’s story on a personal level, stigma on a societal or macro level and what can be done to stop stigma and discrimination based on mental illness.