One of the most exciting projects I am involved in is HeadSpace, a new writing and art zine based around mental health.
The magazine, which will be launched in March and distributed for free in psychiatric wards, support groups and University welfare offices as well as being available for general purchase, will act as a forum for expression and creativity based around the theme of mental health as well as showing solidarity and support for people not in the whole of their mental health. The zine will express and explore all aspects of mental health, positive and negative, in an effort to engage the public with an issue which is often taboo and shied away from. How do you define mental health? How does it relate to society, to family, to history? How is it perceived? What’s its relationship to personal responsibility? The first ever issue of HeadSpace is on the way, and we can promise that it is something very special indeed. I am extremely priveleged to be on the board of editors and we have read and re-read every single submission that we received, which amounted to hundreds of poems, pieces of art, personal experience stories and works of fiction. We were all blown away by the talent in the submissions we received; to have to choose just a few from a pool of such talent was a difficult, painful task.
At the moment, we on the HeadSpace team are getting very excited! We have finalised the content for our first issue, and are busy working with the talented Michelle of PaperGirl Dublin (https://www.facebook.com/PapergirlDublin) on the design and layout. We’re also busy planning the launch, which will be held in the Twisted Pepper on May 11th. More info coming soon…
Read more about HeadSpace here https://nothingmentionednothinggained.wordpress.com/headspace/ or like it on facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/HeadSpace/389308924455233?fref=ts
The first issue is also available for pre-ordering online here http://headspacemagazine.bigcartel.com/product/headspace-issue-1