Every so often, we attempt a Creative Wrap with a particular theme, and this month it’s about creativity and mental health. In recent years, there’s been a normalisation of discussion about mental health and that has had lots of positive impacts. But at the same time, we’re only just beginning to understand how mental health challenges manifest themselves in the creative industries. And we’re still working through the aftermath of the COVID lockdowns, which disproportionally impacted those making their living from creative endeavours, and a spate of natural disasters that loom large in the memory.
The other side of this coin is that creativity is often a positive part of mental wellbeing and trauma recovery. We know that consuming and participating in the arts have ongoing health benefits and lifestyle benefits, but producing and providing those creative opportunities presents mental health risks of their own. The articles below look at both those aspects – and hopefully also provide a few points of interest to explore further.
Needless to say, if you think you might want or need some support in your mental health journey, there’s free, accessible help out there. A list of support services is here.
Take care – and enjoy our latest Wrap!