- Gemma Correll
British cartoonist, writer and illustrator Gemma Correll, who now lives in California created a series of comics as a way to explain and cope with her own struggles with mental health concerns. She states,
‘I suffer from clinical anxiety and depression and I find that the best way to deal with it is to find humour in it.’
She hopes by injecting a little humour into her illustrations, she’ll break down some of the stigma and encourage others to be more open about what they’re going through.
- Toby Allen
Toby Allen is a UK-based illustrator who created a series of drawings of mental health disorders and conditions depicted as monsters. The Real Monsters series is a collection of 16 illustrations that deal with everything from depression and anxiety to schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Sylvie Reuter
Sylvie Reuter, a German cartoonist used her artistic skills to create a visual representation of depression. She was able to effectively communicate what depression can feel like without using any words. In an interview about her work, Sophie stated,
“Mental health is still something that is stigmatized and rarely talked about in public. But online it’s different, you can share your thoughts and you can do it anonymously and that way it’s easier for people.”
4. Marissa Betley
After seeing firsthand how mental illness can take a toll, Marissa Betley decided to use art to express how it truly feels to struggle with a mental health disorder.
The artist posted one illustration a day about the impact of mental health issues for 100 days on Instagram. Melissa called this series Project 1 in 4 because that is how many people will experience a serious mental health concern in their lifetime. Check out her work at project1in4.com
- Robot Hugs
Robot Hugs is a Toronto-based illustrator whose art is concerned with mental health, feminism, and gender politics. RH sees the accessibility of online comics and art as integral to it’s popularity. RH states,
“There’s a lot of writing out there about mental illness and how to support someone but it can be hard to ask someone to go to the labour of reading a lot of text. Everyone’s got 10 seconds to look at a comic.