We're fans of anything that opens up the conversation around mental health, including these mesmerizing illustrations by Shawn Cross. In honor of "Inktober," he's depicting a different mental illness in ink every day this month.

The resulting characters are somewhat dark (HP fans will get a Dementor vibe), which makes them even more powerful. Whether or not you can directly relate to them, they are encouraging tons of people to join the discussion (or share their own stories) surrounding mental health—which is exactly the point:

Major Depressive Disorder

major depressive disorder

Social Anxiety Disorder

social anxiety disorder

Anorexia Nervosa

anorexia illustration

Bipolar Disorder

bipolar disorder

Schizophrenia Disorder

schizophrenia disorder

Attention Deficit Disorder

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Insomnia

insomnia illustration

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

ptsd illustration

Autism Spectrum Disorder

autism spectrum disorder

All photos: Shawn Cross

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