I suffer from Generalised Anxiety Disorder (or at least I did – I seem to manage it so well now I barely feel the symptoms, which is amazing – although then I read this and was pretty disheartened to recognise what I was doing instead, but hey, at least I’m functioning, right?)
Many of my friends and people closest to me suffer from or have suffered from different forms of depression or other mental health issue. I think it’s incredibly important to discuss Mental Health openly. A really good way of joining the conversation is through comics and art. Here’s a selection of my favourites:
Gemma Correll draws all sorts of things and likes to make puns. This article picked up on her work illustrating her own depression, and you’re bound to find you recognise some of these feels.
The one aspect of anxiety I do experience (along with most people expressing their artistic natures on the wellspring of comparative talent that is The Internet) is extremely well summed-up by this comic:
The club isn’t just a website, but a set-up in Bristol that helps people with their mental health issues. To finance it, they make comics and zines and gorgeous clothes and stuff.
Boggle the Owl is worried about you and wants to help you feel better. I truly believe this is one of the most effective portrayals of depression in comic form.
Sylvie Reyter is an illustrator with a very tender touch, and drew one of my favourite depression comics of all time, which you can find on her comics page, below. (Hint – it’s the one with the scary black ghost)
Another illustrator who does brilliant line-scribble art and often draws FEELINGS.
This one is about small victories.
This is a brilliant site with comics that illustrate different aspects of depression, and also offers advice and a blog.
I like this strip about the happiness-eating bug a lot. I used to feel there was a black beetle in my brain, ruining things for me. Lots of people describe similar feelings about bugs and beetles. Poor things.
Hyperbole and a Half
This is a brilliant comic diary that discusses the author Allie’s depression. It’s an important read.