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

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Social Anxiety Disorder

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Anorexia Nervosa

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Bipolar Disorder

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Agoraphobia

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Schizophrenia Disorder

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Attention Deficit Disorder

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Insomnia

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Borderline Personality Disorder

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Capgras Syndrome

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Dissociative Identity Disorder

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Paranoid Schizophrenia

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Dependent Personality Disorder

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Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder

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Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Depersonalization Disorder

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Cotard’s Delusion

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All photos: Shawn Cross