Today is World Mental Health Day. Hosted by the World Federation for Mental Health, the annual awareness day has been running since 1992, and today celebrates it’s 25th anniversary. This year’s theme is “mental health in the workplace”, promoting, amongst other things, stress management, identification of early stage burnout, mental health wellness and support for employees.
Since creatives do not always have the security of a permanent contract, or even the structure of a 9-to-5 office space, World Mental Health Day seemed like a great opportunity to gather creatives from across the worlds of graphic design, illustration, art, film and more for a one day takeover of It’s Nice That to discuss how mental health affects them, to showcase projects that shine a light on this important issue and what we can all do to promote positive mental health.
1 in 4 people in the UK experience a mental health problem every year, and in England, 1 in every 6 people report a common mental health problem – like anxiety and depression – each week. But only 1 in 4 people in the UK reporting mental health difficulties receive ongoing treatment. If you have been affected by any of the issues discussed in today’s coverage, if you would like to find out more or to donate, please contact Mind or CALM.