FREE YOUR MIND
New resources normalize the conversation around mental health
While experts are working to tap the power of the human brain, entrepreneurs are creating new resources to demystify and normalize the dialogue around others matters of the mind. 36% of Gen Ys know someone who has been diagnosed with a mental illness, and they’re working to eradicate the stigma around mental health as part of their ongoing quest for personal and societal betterment.
Created by former Medium editors who want people to stop pretending that their lives are as perfect as their Instagram account suggests, Anxy is a beautifully designed new magazine about the inner world—specifically, the personal struggles and fears that people are often afraid to share with others. Each issue uses a central theme like “loneliness” or “boundaries” to build a perspective on the subject through interviews, personal essays, features, visual stories, and recommendations for what to read, watch, and download to round out the conversation. Originally a Kickstarter project, the magazine is currently available for pre-order.
British comedian and mental health activist Ruby Wax recently joined forces with Mark & Spencer to create Frazzled Café, a series of “talk-in” sessions where people can share their personal struggles with stress in a safe, anonymous, and non-judgmental environment. The meetings, which are led by trained volunteer facilitators, were designed for the one in four Britons who will suffer from mental illness at some point in their lives. In a take on the Open House trend, all meetings take place after hours at M&S Cafés in 11 locations throughout the UK.
DO WHAT YOU WANT
Do What You Want is a new zine about mental health created by author and food writer Ruby Tandoh and her partner Leah Pritchard, with contributions from writers from ELLE, The Guardian, The New York Times, Pitchfork, Rookie, Vice, and others. With nearly 150 pages of interviews, essays and illustration, the publication is a “celebration of all aspects of mental wellbeing,” from the provision of accessible mental health care to the power of self-belief. The zine has a strong intersectional focus, tackling everything from OCD to intimacy. All profits go to mental health-related charities and not-for-profit organizations.