French illustrator Sow Ay who sketches cartoons about his ongoing struggle with mental illness says “I’ve always been sharing my work online. To make people laugh, or to share my story. But it all became way more dark last year.”
Arts & Culture
Throughout human history, the workings of the mind have been a rich subject for artistic representation and exploration. This page contains stories about famous artists who have struggled with mental health conditions, historical accounts, book and film reviews, thought-provoking essays, and challenging reflections on how our evolving understanding of mental health is shaping our society.
A character on the hit NBC show suffered from a panic attack this week—and the portrayal was spot-on. Anxiety is a mental health disorder, but the symptoms of a panic attack are very real.
In Darnell Lamont Walker’s documentary Outside the House, he’s breaking down the barriers and stigmas when it comes to black people discussing their mental-health issues, and confronting the problem head-on.
When most people think of a secure mental health unit, they don’t tend to picture it decorated with artwork by award-winning artists and patients. A psychiatric ward housing patients in London, however, has undergone an artistic renovation.
The show writers live in 2016, and thus, reflecting some kind of outdated 1970/80’s mental institute characters that fall within tropes is just not cool.
So long as pop culture keeps turning the mentally ill into otherworldly creatures and mythical figures, the everyday, complicated, human stories of people living with mental illness will never be told.
SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment is producing a webcast series, The Power of Language and Portrayals: What We Hear, What We See, to help change the way we talk about and portray substance use in news and entertainment. Read more…
“Deconstructing Stigma: A Change in Thought Can Change a Life” is part of a campaign by McLean Hospital aimed at changing the way mental illness is perceived and treated.
West has never presented himself as a potential threat to anyone, despite how frightening he may sometimes sound. But the issue of mental illness is always still grave. We have seen it countless times in the past with musicians.
Few know that, in addition to nearly dying at birth and growing up with no material luxury, Ferriss survived a period of suicidal depression that nearly claimed his life.
The science behind the effects of reading on mental health is limited, and while novels may not be able to cure cancer or types of clinical depression, they can give someone comfort and a world to escape to for a time, an idea being put into action.
The exhibit is part of a national public awareness campaign sponsored by McLean Hospital, in collaboration with Logan Airport and several mental health advocacy groups, with the goal of changing the way mental illness is perceived.
Natasha Tracy is an award-winning writer and speaker living with bipolar disorder. She has written more than 1000 articles on mental health and is considered a subject matter expert in bipolar disorder.
Film-maker Carol Morley uncovered a huge archive about a promising Royal Academy student whose life was changed by a mental breakdown. She describes her journey into Audrey Amiss’s world.
A new article, published in The Arts in Psychotherapy, describes the ways art therapy and mindfulness have benefitted refugees and asylum seekers in Hong Kong.
by Sebastian Purcell In the spring semester of the school year, I teach a class called ‘Happiness’. It’s always packed with students because, like most people, they want to learn the secret to feeling fulfilled. ‘How many of you want to be happy in life?’ I ask. Everyone raises a hand. Always. ‘How many of Read more
When my teammate Christina arrived on the Austin State Hospital peer support team three years ago, it was clear that she had a theatrical bent. I will never forget her cobalt-blue hair and the feathery dangling earrings she wore the day I met her. She soon introduced her love of the arts into peer support Read more
Since he left One Direction, Zayn has been public with his battle with anxiety. But the singer also says he was struggling with even more behind-the-scenes, a possible eating disorder.
The 31-year-old writer discusses feminism, sexual violence and misogyny in the context of partisan politics and her personal life.
When the rapper Kid Cudi announced he’d checked himself into rehab for depression and suicidal thoughts earlier this month, it sparked a social-media conversation about stigmas. Now, a new track from Drake makes clear how powerful the stigma Cudi defied remains.
Brian Wilson discusses his new memoir, ‘I Am Brian Wilson,’ as well as mental illness, drugs, his relationship with Mike Love and more.
A new study showed improvement in the social and communication skills of children with autism using a signature approach pairing the recitation of Shakespeare’s rhythmic language with physical gesture.
Talking about mental health in comedy, and the comedy of mental health, isn’t exactly a rarity. Too often though, what we need to talk about is the failure of mainstream media to portray mental illness without exaggerating, offending, belittling, or just generally bungling the whole thing. Many folks in comedy are working to break down Read more