May is Mental Health Month and we are excited to share accessible resources that use creative expression to foster mental health. Check back throughout the month for more inspirational activities.
To kick off Mental Health Month, try making a personalized self-care zine. Fold an 8.5” x 11” sheet of paper into 8 sections. Cut the center, design your cover, then write, draw, or collage on the remaining 7 pages in response to the following prompts:
- A comfort place
- An affirmation
- A relaxing activity
- Someone who celebrates you
- An uplifting quote
- A list of feelings (good and bad!)
- Something you are grateful for
More Resources & Inspiration
Blurt is a social enterprise organization in England and Wales that raises awareness around depression, provides tools and knowledge to help proactive recovery and challenge the stigma that prevents people reaching out for help. In the wake of COVID-19, they started Project Quaranzine, a space for anyone aged 0-24 to share a zine that they’ve made with the rest of the world. For more detailed instructions, check out their zine template, along with insightful prompts.
The Bad Day Book, made by Boston based artist LB Lee, was made as a grounding tool for the Triangle Partial Hospitalization Program at HRI Hospital in Massachusets, which provides treatment to LGBTQ-identifying people through group therapy, individual therapy, medication management, family education, and case management.
For artistic inspiration, head to Doll Hospital, a bi-annual art and literature print journal on mental health. Their journals encourage work with an intersectional focus as the history of mental health is so closely tied to the history of race, class, gender identity, sexuality, colonialism, chronic illness, and disability. You can also check out The Pressure to be Happy by Toronto based Static Zine or the multi-artist Mental Health Issue by Fan club.
Mindful Occupation is a resource-dense zine for everyone on self-care, especially for those who work to support mental health issues through nonprofits and community organizing.
Interested in additional resources on mental health? Check out the National Alliance on Mental Illness for readily available accessible resources.