About Us

Empowering artists. Reimagining mental health.

The Layered Onion was created in spring 2021. We are dedicated to elevating artists with mental and emotional health struggles, fostering empathy, understanding, and acceptance.

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Our Vision

Imagine an onion, with its layers representing the different aspects of our lives. Just like an onion, our experiences, emotions, and mental health exist in layers that shape who we are as individuals.

Sometimes, certain layers of the onion may be more challenging to navigate, just as mental health struggles can present obstacles in our lives. However, by gently peeling away these layers, we have an opportunity to gain insight, understanding, and growth.

As we uncover each layer, we may discover hidden strengths, resilience, and newfound perspectives. Each layer represents a part of our story, showcasing our unique journey and the lessons we’ve learned along the way. By embracing these layers, we can develop a deeper understanding of ourselves and others.

It is important to remember that mental issues are not a defining characteristic but rather one layer among many. By acknowledging the layers of the onion, we promote a more enlightened perspective. We realized that mental health challenges are common and a part of the human experience. They do not diminish our worth, nor diminish the beauty of our inner selves.

As we peel away these layers, we uncover our shared humanity. beneath the surface, we find common emotions, hopes, and dreams that connect us all. We begin to recognize that everyone — regardless of their mental health journey, deserves compassion, support, and understanding.
by embracing the layered onion analogy, we can promote destigmatization, empathy, and acceptance. We create a society that encourages open conversations, fosters healing, and celebrates the resilience and strength that lies within each of us.

So, let us peel away the layers, understanding that at the core, we are all the same, united by our shared humanity, and the potential for growth, healing, and connection.


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