Stronger than I was before, headspace WA Art Book

Capturing art and mental health in a new book

‘Stronger than I was before’ is a new book of art and stories created by young people, for young people, from headspace centres across Western Australia.

The book features artistic creations from over 20 young people connected to various headspace centers, and shows off their creative flair along with a description of what art and mental health means to them.

Dahna, 19, one of the artists in the book, said she found the opportunity to share her work and story a real privilege.

“I was a little nervous knowing that so many people would see the book,” Dahna said.

“It’s for a good cause though and I really like that the project portrays mental health and recovery in a positive light.”

Pieces of art such as, paintings, drawings and photographs are captured in the book, which is hoped to be a great addition to anyone’s coffee table. Not only that, the book is hoped to be an opportunity to reach young people and open up the conversation about mental health and help-seeking.

Centre Manager at headspace Albany Andrew Wenzel said art can be a powerful tool for young people to express themselves freely.

“We know from many of the young people coming into our headspace centre, art is a really important part of their journey through mental health issues,” he said.

“Some young people find art a safe way of expressing difficult emotions, other people find it a great way of switching off, or having a safe space to go to.

“What we wanted to do with the book, was capture what that really means for young people. We hope that through the art and these stories, it will inspire other people to use creative outlets to try and deal with mental health issues, and gather some help and support in addition to what they’re already using.”

The book was made possible through the generosity of local artist Ella Konrad-East, who in 2015 donated over $3000 to all headspace centers in WA, as well as a matched contribution from WAPHA.

People can buy the book for $35 online (pozible.com/project/headspace-wa-art-book) and 100 per cent of the profits will towards producing another version in 2018.

headspace provides services to young people aged 12-25 across Australia in four core areas: mental health, physical health (including sexual health), alcohol and other drugs and work and study support.

If you, or someone you know, is going through a tough time, you can locate your nearest headspace centre at headspace.org.au. Or, you can seek online or phone support at eheadspace on 1800 650 890 or eheadspace.org.au.

Media Contact: CentreManager headspace Albany Andrew Wenzel, 0447 911 686