Self expression, art, vulnerability and depression
According to Mind, a UK mental health charity:
New Project Introduction
If you receive my 'Confessions' Newsletter, then you'll have already received a heads up about a new project I'm undertaking. Today, I want to share this news with you, dear reader.
For the last nine years or so, I have swallowed an anti-depressant daily. This medication has done a really good job of removing those horrific symptoms of clinical depression that I (and my close family) endured on and off for the previous 20 or so years.
I turned 50 in December - I know, I can't believe it! Maybe that has something to do with all of this, I'm not sure but I do know that I'm curious. I'm curious about who I am without these tablets.
I've of course talked this over with my Doctor and husband and per my doctor's advice, I'm going to begin decreasing my medicine in March when there is more natural daylight. I really don't know how this will all go for me but I certainly want to try.
As for the personal artwork that l'll be creating, it seems only fitting to create 50 pieces of artwork to represent each year of my life. There will be a journaling element to this work too and I see it being ongoing until at least Autumn. I'm calling the project - HeadsUp.
This isn't just about me though. I want to explore the stigma behind mental health, share others' stories, shed some myths and get some honest conversation going.
From a positive perspective, I want to look at what can help. I'll explore how art, creativity, nature, self-care and slow living can potentially help someone who is experiencing depression as well as any personal/practical insights that I encounter along the way.
If you feel you might have something to share, please get in touch - I'd love to hear from you.
I do hope that you stick around to see these artworks and this project emerging over the months to come.