Only 17 percent of people living with vision impairment are offered emotional support in connection with their disorder, according to the Royal National Institute of Blind People. Elin Williams, 20, is a student living with retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye condition that can cause blindness. She believes that it is imperative to raise awareness about mental health conditions affecting people with vision loss. She says:
"I think it's about understanding that blindness and mental health can come hand in hand... anxiety can be triggered from not being able to see people and not being able to see the world like everyone else.”
"But it's all about telling people that although there are challenges, it's possible to live a positive life despite having sight loss."
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“Blindness and mental health can come hand in hand”