mindshare – finding the silver lining.

ART is like therapy for Marion visual artist Damien Phillips. “It’s an escape, you just lose yourself,” he says. “There’s so much ugliness in the world, you just want to create beautiful things.” Mr Phillips, 39, lives with a mental health illness. The abstract artist says “things just went wrong” in his early 20s, when he was in his third year of graphic design studies. “I got severe depression, I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and […]

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Posted on December 30th, 2014

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Pair pretty keen on laughter

Helen Keene and her son Abner Bradley live by the motto laughter is the best medicine. The duo are performers with Cracking Up which was formed as part of Mental Health Week last year and teaches people with past mental health issues how to be stand-up comedians. Ms Keene, who experienced a serious bout of depression after a marriage breakdown, says being able to laugh and make others laugh helps people cope. “The most brilliant […]

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Posted on December 15th, 2014

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Stephen hits the right note

Stephen West is using music to help escape the isolation enveloping his teens and 20s. “It’s an extension of what I’ve been doing, putting myself outside of my comfort zone so that I’ll acclimatise to it,” he says. “It’s a lot better practising for half an hour than watching TV.” Mr West, 31, of Reynella, lives with social phobia, isolation, depression, social anxiety and Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome. Last year he bought a bass guitar […]

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Posted on December 12th, 2014

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Christina’s films help fight stigma

Christina Veprek is helping others deal with grief by revisiting her own sorrow at putting down her dog, Rex. The Christies Beach Life Without Barriers team leader – an organisation that supports those living with mental illness – worked on two videos for the mindshare website, a mental health site launched on October 12. The first delved into the personal questions mental health workers ask their clients, and the other was about Rex’s death. The […]

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Posted on November 15th, 2014

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Christina's films help fight stigma

Christina Veprek is helping others deal with grief by revisiting her own sorrow at putting down her dog, Rex. The Christies Beach Life Without Barriers team leader – an organisation that supports those living with mental illness – worked on two videos for the mindshare website, a mental health site launched on October 12. The first delved into the personal questions mental health workers ask their clients, and the other was about Rex’s death. The […]

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Posted on November 15th, 2014

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TED Talks – The struggle of mental health

Depression, schizophrenia, suicidal feelings—too often, these experiences stay private. These speakers who’ve struggled with mental illness boldly share their stories, in hopes that others don’t feel so alone. Here is the link to some awesome personal stories (7 talks – video)

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Posted on November 4th, 2014

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NEW ART AND MENTAL HEALTH GUIDELINES

Country Arts SA has launched a new Arts and Mental Health resource Bringing it all together: Guidelines for Arts and Mental Health Projects ahead of Mental Health Week October 5-12. The guidelines were produced in response to an identified need for art and mental health resources in South Australia. Country Arts SA Director of Community Engagement Anthony Peluso said there was a nationwide request for guidelines. “In conversations with other national bodies working in this […]

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Posted on November 4th, 2014

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Annie gains a lift from art.

Annie Brownsworth says art gives her the creative outlet she needs to cope with mental illness. “I think art is a therapeutic process for everyone and the validation it provides is a very important thing,” Ms Brownsworth, 60, said. The Renown Park buy zithromax resident, who lives with a borderline personality disorder, started painting and drawing in her early 20s. She said she turned to art to help cope with the death of her father […]

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Posted on October 20th, 2014

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Steve’s steady progress.

Steve Clark admits there was a time when giving up his freedom was more appealing than the life he was living. Jobless and separated from his partner and two children, the Paralowie resident said he felt alone, confused and without hope. “There were a couple of times where prison was sounding like a good option,” Mr Clark said. “Not that I’m that sort of person at all, but just to get a roof over my […]

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Posted on October 15th, 2014

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Steve's steady progress.

Steve Clark admits there was a time when giving up his freedom was more appealing than the life he was living. Jobless and separated from his partner and two children, the Paralowie resident said he felt alone, confused and without hope. “There were a couple of times where prison was sounding like a good option,” Mr Clark said. “Not that I’m that sort of person at all, but just to get a roof over my […]

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Posted on October 15th, 2014

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Don finds happiness again

HE read the news on Adelaide radio, covered politics in Canberra and commentated on the VFL, but Don Wickham always knew something was not right. The retired journalist, now 62, did not know it at the time but he had bipolar disorder. “I was a jour buy cheap generic priligy nalist working on radio and interviewing the likes of Don Dunstan but I had this depression lurking in the background,” Mr Wickham says. “I’d have […]

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Posted on October 15th, 2014

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About Art

Who we are and what we want to be. How we see the world and how other people see us. Emotional responses. How we feel about things. These are concerns as changeable and unresolved and fluid as anything imaginable. The ability to project personal identity and the opportunity to freely express thoughts and ideas are fundamental to health and wellbeing. Making art is all about this kind of personal expression and understanding. It is about […]

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Posted on October 12th, 2014

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Laughter is the best medicine.

For Michele Thredgold, laughter can be the best medicine when living with a mental illness. The Oakden resident, who is blind and has depression, says comedy helps her cope with her illness. “I wrote a parody about a blind person who is always falling over and losing things,” Ms Thredgold, 40, said. “I wrote it to show that when you make mistakes you can laugh at yourself.” Ms Thredgold took part in this year’s comedy […]

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Posted on September 24th, 2014

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Jenny's art unlocks confidence.

Jenny Tarran uses art to help transform the lives of people with a mental illness. “It’s like a meditation where people forget about themselves for a while,” she says. “It gives people a huge amount of confidence when they see their work on the wall.” “It’s gives them the opportunity where they can show people they’re talented individuals, not just labels.” The Maslin Beach woman is a social worker with Mind Australia, an organisation supporting people […]

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Posted on September 10th, 2014

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Magill woman’s artistic flair.

“Take time out to smell the flowers” is the message Magill’s Jeanette Tierney has for people living with mental illness. Ms Tierney, 57, says the simple things in life such as art and gardening have helped her work through her bipolar. “It is really important to try to do all the things that really build your own sense of self and purpose and wellbeing,” she says. “If I am not doing art, I am not […]

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Posted on September 6th, 2014

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