“The creative world is turbulent”: designers’ stories of mental health
A fantastic series of stories, each of a creatives past with dealing with mental health at some point. What was interesting is that this all backs up the ulster paper on its thoughts on the causes behind the mental health problems, cheifly this article points out previous history, showing links between creativity and mental health, finacial pressures and underappriation from clients. This last point does peak my interest, is the underapprieation of creativity and its processes a major cause of the mental anguish.
The Links Between Creativity and Depression
This article presents an important context to my research and provides a more scientific base to underpin my essay.
“A study published by Harvard University professors Modupe Akinola and Wendy Berry Mendes entitled “The Dark Side of Creativity: Biological Vulnerability and Negative Emotions Lead to Greater Artistic Creativity,” found a strong relationship between levels of an adrenal steroid (dehydroepiandrosterone-sulfate, or DHEAS) previously linked to depression and artistic creativity, suggesting that those with a naturally more creative disposition were far more likely than their less creative peers to be affected by “intense negative emotions.” In keeping with the ideas of creativity emerging from dark places, it states that “situational triggers of negative affect were especially influential among those lower in DHEAS, which resulted in the most creative products.” In other words, when usually non-depressive subjects were made to feel bad about themselves, they became more creative.”
This suggests that actually, we can be more creative when we are hit by anxiety or depression but also those who are more creative run the risk of suffering from these mental health conditions.
DESIGN FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH MENTAL DISORDERS
An interesting article to read when considering the issue of what it means to design for mental health and how to soothe it. The backing behind the project that gives context and empathy is that the designer herself, Mariana B, also suffered from mental health issues and used her own experiences to inspire her designs. On design which is interesting is the use of a weighted necklace, as it can be worn by both men and women but it also relies on a sensory of touch to provides its soothing ability.
Mindnosis kit is designed to help people overcome their mental health issues
An empathetic design solution for this huge issue. This kit allows the user to diagnose what was wrong and supply advice and guidance on help and support for the case. A beautifully simple design that isnt cluttered but is clean and modern. Based not only personal experience but through conversation, this piece realises that not all people will opening admit their mental health complication. In this article there is mmention of more and more graduates becoming more switched onto this topic and even start to explore it, but it does leave the question, are graduates being prepared for what they need mentally to work within the industry.