A Collection of Artworks Inspired by Mental Health Issues

It's time to go artistic

It's time to consume a different form of nourishment - that of graphical illustrations articulated by mental health issues suffered by a host of different individuals.  These might include helping the young therapist mentalise what their own patients may be going through.  

The following collection of artwork inspired by individuals with mental health issues were able to capture the essence of what might have gone through the minds of these artists.  Let's discover what possible perceptions and interpretations there might be.

Have a go at making guesses at what might the person may be struggling with or identifying some of their possible internal conflicts.  Have fun and enjoy the caricatures.

Artworks inspired by Mental Health Issues

Published on 17 January 2018, you may find the original article on the Healthcare Network at The Guardian.  The purpose of this project (aka The Perspective Project) had the aim of ending stigma and providing another outlet for those with mental health problems.  Submissions are ongoing and they accept anonymous entries.  Check out their full range of art pieces at the link above.  We're posting our four favourites.  Enjoy!

 At the Bottom of the Anxiety Swamp by Jayoon Choi   ‘There is a moment when you can’t help but sink deep down. Attacked by spiteful thoughts. But, oh dear! I was the monster.’  Photograph: Jayoon Choi/the Perspective Project

At the Bottom of the Anxiety Swamp by Jayoon Choi


‘There is a moment when you can’t help but sink deep down. Attacked by spiteful thoughts. But, oh dear! I was the monster.’

Photograph: Jayoon Choi/the Perspective Project

 Tiger, Shark and Me Sit Down for Tea by Emma Haddow   ‘I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression since I was a teenager. There have been times when it has crippled me, and I was afraid of everything. I started to face my fears, my demons head on and I still do. It’s scary in the dark but what’s more scary to me is denying and suppressing what lurks beneath the surface. My mental health is good these days. My dark days are still here, but I no longer turn them away.’  Photograph: Emma Haddow/the Perspective Project

Tiger, Shark and Me Sit Down for Tea by Emma Haddow


‘I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression since I was a teenager. There have been times when it has crippled me, and I was afraid of everything. I started to face my fears, my demons head on and I still do. It’s scary in the dark but what’s more scary to me is denying and suppressing what lurks beneath the surface. My mental health is good these days. My dark days are still here, but I no longer turn them away.’

Photograph: Emma Haddow/the Perspective Project

 Depersonalisation by Morgan Page   ‘I drew this after I realised that I was experiencing episodes of depersonalisation. I had been experiencing them for a while, but never knew what it was. Once I found out it had a name, it all made sense. It feels like you’re detached from yourself. The head could eventually be reattached, and I could finally feel like myself again.’  Photograph: Morgan Page/the Perspective Project

Depersonalisation by Morgan Page


‘I drew this after I realised that I was experiencing episodes of depersonalisation. I had been experiencing them for a while, but never knew what it was. Once I found out it had a name, it all made sense. It feels like you’re detached from yourself. The head could eventually be reattached, and I could finally feel like myself again.’

Photograph: Morgan Page/the Perspective Project

 Mind Vomit   ‘This represents the daily conversation within my mind. Anxious thoughts, depressive thoughts, sub-thoughts, thoughts about the thoughts, a constant critical commentary and a tornado of darkness, numbness and complete inner turmoil.’  Photograph: the Perspective Project

Mind Vomit


‘This represents the daily conversation within my mind. Anxious thoughts, depressive thoughts, sub-thoughts, thoughts about the thoughts, a constant critical commentary and a tornado of darkness, numbness and complete inner turmoil.’

Photograph: the Perspective Project

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/gallery/2018/jan/17/eight-artworks-inspired-mental-health-problems-pictures