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People With Schizophrenia Literally Wipe Off Their Labels in Moving Video

In honor of the U.K.’s Schizophrenia Awareness Week, Rethink Mental Illness released a moving video featuring the faces and stories of those with schizophrenia, a mental illness that affects up to 1.1 percent of the world’s population and about 3.5 million Americans.

In the video below, each person features a different design on his or her face representing a form of stigma. On one man’s forehead it reads, “Nutter.” A woman chooses white face paint because, she says in the video, “A lot of us are invisible.”

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They then wipe off the face paint, and talk about their experiences living with schizophrenia.

You also can watch the participants individual stories here.

Watch the video below: