Mental Health and the Power of Life Drawing / by Leo Crane

Life drawing has something for everyone.  We truly believe this.  It’s an enjoyable experience in itself, and one wherein the benefits lie also in its power to help and heal.  Perhaps because for so many it’s meditative, and for still more positively social.

As we tip out of Mental Health Awareness Week, we recognise a health issue unseen yet keenly felt and suffered by more and more people in the UK and globally.  Poor mental health, from the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to high anxiety, acute clinical depression, self-harming and personality disorders effects an estimated 1 in 4 people in the world, according to the latest World Health Organisation stats.  This means, there’s a good chance you know someone who lives with it. 

Individuals find their own ways of managing sometimes seemingly insurmountable challenges on the road to mental health recovery.  Lucy, a regular caller to Starkers at The Glory, has found life drawing a boon for her in her own healing process with PTSD:

If you know anyone living with poor mental health, or have any concerns or questions on the subject, organisations like Mind, Rethink and Samaritans are there to help and easy to contact.