It’s been a bit. Sorry about that. Lots of life, and growth, and all sorts of other things happened in the past few weeks, and I haven’t been able to prioritize blogging in the mix. However, I am very happy to announce that TZHI #3 is now available from Microcosm Publishing, and will also be available on this site soon as well. Though growth is often uncomfortable, with growth, there’s always change, and there will certainly be some changes (expectantly for the better) coming soon for TZHI.
I’ve been thinking more about music and mental health lately since the next issue of This Zine is going to be a music-themed issue. I’ve got an interview lined up with UK ska/punk band Call Me Malcolm, and I have one other singer/songwriter I’m planning to ask to be in the issue, Amy Gerhartz. I’ve been looking up quotes about music and mental health and have found some good ones so far. I’d heard this one before but love it… “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” – Bob Marley. Another good one I found is… “I think any time I’ve ever got down or ever felt low the one thing that picks me up from that is writing a song about it. At least you’ve got a positive experience out of a bad experience.” – Singer Ed Sheeran. And there are so many more.
I took a day off from blogging and suddenly it’s something like four days later. How’d that happen? Though I’ve been seriously slacking on making blog posts, I’ve been working hard on This Zine in the meantime and I’m happy to say it’s nearly ready to send to the publisher. Just one bit of text and one image left to drop in place and, VOILA, another issue complete! I’m pretty excited about everything that’s going into issue three from the cover, through all the amazing contributors’ content, to the Resource Guide, and everything in between. I always strive to make each issue the best one yet, and I think and hope that this issue will live up to that expectation.
Here’s a sneak peek at two of the beautifully illustrated stickers coming soon to the next mental health stickersheet by artist and mental health advocate Jen Aboki. Stickersheets will be available here soon with proceeds from sales going to the mental health charity of the artist’s choice. If you’re an artist interested in contributing your artwork to this project you can read more info here.
Brand new mental health stickersheets are IN. Sticker designs drawn by DAVe TOO. Click the image below to order yours or click here.
I’m working on a new project with our friends at StickerYou to produce temporary tattoo sheets of the mental health sticker designs I’ve recently created. I’m excited to see them as temporary tattoos and will post them here once they are produced. If you’re so inclined you can make your own custom temporary tattoos from StickerYou.com.
I’ve created some sticker designs for mental health awareness, see the image below. Thanks to @jenboki and @thepowerbirdherd for the suggestions!
The above stickersheets are currently being printed by our friends at StickerYou. I am inviting any and all artists to submit their own mental health sticker designs to be printed on stickersheets and sold with a portion of the proceeds going to a mental health charity yet to be determined (mental health charity suggestions welcome). Any artwork should be submitted in hi-res (300ppi) and RGB .jpg format between 2.5″ x 2.5″ and 4″ x 4″. Please submit between 8 and 12 designs maximum. You don’t need to include a cut path, as StickerYou’s stickersheet layout interface will automatically create them. You may include your Instagram handle or URL (small) somewhere on the designs. Please email your designs to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also include a short artist bio and if you like, share something about your connection to and/or reason for supporting good mental health practices. If you need some inspiration for good things to put on your sticker designs (feel free to use any of the above ideas) see below:
- I did some art
- I had a bath
- I had a good laugh
- I did yoga
- I took a walk
- I exercised
- I went to therapy
- I ate healthy food
- I meditated
- I practiced mindfulness
- I took a deep breath
- I did a craft
- I was kind to myself
- I wrote in my journal
- I am enough
- I played some music
- I wrote poetry
- I watched a good movie
- I put my phone away
- or whatever else your creative mind can think of to benefit mental health
I’ve been reading The Truth About Broken: The Unfixed Version of Self-Love by Hanna Blum for the purpose of reviewing it in TZHI #3: Bipolar Disorder. Blum was diagnosed with bipolar 2 disorder at the age of 20. Her book has been described as “a collection of captivating true stories that will never leave you after reading.” I’m looking forward to reading all of it and learning about Blum’s journey with bipolar. One thing that stood out to me is her vulnerability in stating early on that she didn’t write the book as someone who has it all figured out. She wrote rather from a perspective of someone learning to embrace what makes her different and someone who is learning to love the “unfixed version” of herself while encouraging her readers to do the same. That’s probably enough about the book for now otherwise I’ll end up writing my review here.
After yesterday’s post questioning whether or not music could trigger mania, I did some Googling and so far haven’t found much written about a causal connection between music and mania. What I did find of interest in this scientific article is that among classical musicians there is a higher than average rate of mood disorders with bipolar being one of the most prevalent. Another point of interest and a common thread in articles I found is that people experiencing mania sometimes prefer to listen to loud music. I can relate to that generalization. I wonder also if the loud music tends to feed the mania, which is what at least my own mania drives me to do. This would definitely be something to explore in a music issue of TZHI.
This Zine Has Issues #3: Bipolar Disorder is well underway. With just a little over two weeks left to submit, there is already a lot of wonderful content and I’m so excited about putting this issue together. The artwork in this issue will be phenomenal, and I’m equally excited about the poetry and essays that will be included. If you’d like to submit work to be considered for the issue you can visit the submission Google Form.