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One of the Most Enduring—and Misunderstood—Images of France’s Yellow Vest Protests Orchestrated by a Performance Artist

Day-glo yellow vests are an indelible symbol of the “gilets jaunes” protests that have gripped France for the past month. But one enduring image from the populist uprising has no … Continue Reading One of the Most Enduring—and Misunderstood—Images of France’s Yellow Vest Protests Orchestrated by a Performance Artist

Mental Health Depicted Through Art – Charlotte Farhan

Charlotte Farhan is an artist, illustrator, writer, activist and Mental Ideas Ambassador. She’s co-founder and managing director of arts organization Art Saves Lives International. She campaigns against inequality, stigma, rape … Continue Reading Mental Health Depicted Through Art – Charlotte Farhan

The Art of Self-Belief – Owen Fitzpatrick

Owen Fitzpatrick is Mental Ideas’ globetrotting psychologist from Dublin. He has travelled to more than 92 countries and delivered talks and courses in more than 27 countries helping them to … Continue Reading The Art of Self-Belief – Owen Fitzpatrick

Art Saved My Life – Charlotte Farhan

Art saved my life. Not figuratively, but literally. I was at the end of the road in 2010, after suffering my 4th severe breakdown. I was suicidal and told that … Continue Reading Art Saved My Life – Charlotte Farhan

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Animals & Nature Collection by Artist Jade Bryant

Jade Bryant is a talented young artist and Mental Ideas Ambassador from Devon, UK. She practices art as self-help therapy to alleviate the stress of her borderline personality disorder and … Continue Reading Animals & Nature Collection by Artist Jade Bryant

From the Heart by Composer Nick Samuel

The Score… There are so many love songs. So many artists, so many writers and so so many songs and poems about love. Few aren’t profoundly different from one another … Continue Reading From the Heart by Composer Nick Samuel

Mental Disorders Depicted With Minimalist Posters by Graphic Designer Patrick Smith

It’s not always easy to capture the seriousness of conditions such as obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) or depression in a simple way. Graphic designer Patrick Smith took on the challenge. … Continue Reading Mental Disorders Depicted With Minimalist Posters by Graphic Designer Patrick Smith

Raffaello DeGruttola Writes About The Making of his UN Award-Winning Short Film No Way Home

The night we filmed No Way Home – Stop the Traffick on the streets of London was a very interesting and illuminating one…

No Way Home – Stop the Traffick by Filmmaker Raffaello Degruttola

Congratulations to filmmaker Raffaello DeGruttola for directing and delivering an understated acting masterclass in this powerful short film on human trafficking: No Way Home – Stop the Traffick. The film was shown at the … Continue Reading No Way Home – Stop the Traffick by Filmmaker Raffaello Degruttola

Featured Artist: Mat Ricardo

Meet Mat Ricardo: Mental Ideas Ambassador & Showman Extraordinaire! Fast Hands. Smart Mouth. Nice Suit. The Gentleman Juggler, leading speciality act of the British Cabaret Revival and the UK’s most … Continue Reading Featured Artist: Mat Ricardo

Steal Like An Artist – Austen Kleon

The trouble with creative work: Sometimes by the time people catch on to what’s valuable about what you do, you’re either a) bored to death with it, or b) dead. … Continue Reading Steal Like An Artist – Austen Kleon

HK Girl Gets Fit 4 Mental Ideas!

Sometimes getting started is the hardest thing… Living in the suburb of Clearwater Bay, I see my neighbours pounding the streets every day, dressed in lurid lycra and glow-in-the-dark trainers. … Continue Reading HK Girl Gets Fit 4 Mental Ideas!

Submissions

There are a number of ways you can be featured on Mental Ideas: as a featured artist/ writer/ author/ poet/ comic/ filmmaker/ social entrepreneur, as a Regular Columnist/ Resident Artist, … Continue Reading Submissions

Ambassador Mat Ricardo’s First Column!

Like many of us, I felt the bruises of my mental health issues before I could put a name to what was throwing the punches. Occasionally, when I was at … Continue Reading Ambassador Mat Ricardo’s First Column!

Sailing Miss Sadie

Eccentric social entrepreneur Sadie Kaye sails to Caracas, Venezuela, with 3 persistent young offenders from The Prince’s Trust on an empowering, white-knuckle Voyage of Adventure. After sailing the Atlantic in hurricane … Continue Reading Sailing Miss Sadie