Artist Angst and Nurturing Mental Health, Open Letter – #MentalHealthDay2023

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Open letter from Abbie Shores, CEO Our Arts Magazine to You.
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Hello you,

Today, on World Mental Health Day, I want to address a topic that’s close to my heart – the mental health challenges that artists often face. Whether you’re an online art enthusiast or a professional artist like me, it’s essential to recognise and prioritise your mental well-being.

Artist Angst:

Creating art can be incredibly fulfilling, but it can also be a source of anxiety and self-doubt. The creative process can sometimes lead to what’s known as “artist angst.” It’s that feeling of uncertainty and insecurity that can creep in while you’re working on a project. Remember, you’re not alone in experiencing this.

Mental Health Matters:

Mental Health Day serves as a reminder that mental health matters just as much as physical health. It’s crucial to break the stigma surrounding mental health issues. If you’re struggling, please know that seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness.

Getting Help in the UK and USA:

In both the UK and the USA, there are resources available to support individuals dealing with mental health challenges:

UK:

  1. NHS: The National Health Service offers mental health services, and you can start by discussing your concerns with your GP.
  2. MIND: The charity MIND provides information, advice, and support for those experiencing mental health issues.

USA:

  1. MentalHealth.gov: This government website offers a wide range of resources and information on mental health.
  2. NAMI: The National Alliance on Mental Illness provides support, education, and advocacy for individuals and families affected by mental health conditions.

Reaching Out to Loved Ones:

Sometimes, the best support can come from friends and family. Don’t underestimate the power of a heartfelt conversation. Reach out to those you trust, share your feelings, and let them in. Their support can make a world of difference.

A Personal Note:

I understand the profound impact of mental health struggles within the creative community. I lost my brother, an artist, to suicide, and it’s a pain I carry with me every day. This experience has reinforced the importance of compassion, understanding, and seeking help when needed. Let’s honour those we’ve lost by fostering a community where we can openly discuss mental health, support one another, and create art that reflects our inner worlds.

Take care, Abbie

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Featured image Photo by Adrian Ordonez

Abbie Shores (215)

Site owner and painter of awesome oils and watercolours. Manager + on large art site Pixels.com

Married to Robin another artist and sculptor. We live with two Shepweiler's, two demented budgies and 3 fish

Wannabe author and hardcase treehugger. All opinions are my own.

2 thoughts on “Artist Angst and Nurturing Mental Health, Open Letter – #MentalHealthDay2023

  1. Thank you for posting this!

    I think we all have our ups and downs from time to time, but if it becomes obstructive to you well being and inner peace, Thos help lines are , without a doubt, a great resource.

    of course we are all different, but if it is helpful to somebody, I meditate ever morning and I surrender, so to speak, to whatever the day may bring. Especially to my photography. The angst is easier to deal with for me if I don’t force things. e.g If I go out to shoot my new best seller, I am perfectly happy if I come home with nothing at all

    As you mentioned, communication (and venting) with your peers is very very helpful!

    1. Great perspective on not expecting to have the next best seller. Many people do try to every day instead of just relaxing and enjoying the process

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