Open letter from Abbie Shores, CEO Our Arts Magazine to 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.
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:
- NHS: The National Health Service offers mental health services, and you can start by discussing your concerns with your GP.
- MIND: The charity MIND provides information, advice, and support for those experiencing mental health issues.
- MentalHealth.gov: This government website offers a wide range of resources and information on mental health.
- 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
Featured image Photo by Adrian Ordonez