Something to Blame by Katherine Van der Ploeg

Something to Blame by Katherine Van der Ploeg

When looking at art that has the theme of mental illness or mental awareness I find that a lot of them portray mental illness as being something that’s abstract and really not to the point. As much as I understand the message they are trying to portray I think that it is completely the wrong ... Read More »

Burning by Cassandra Yanez-Leyton

Burning by Cassandra Yanez-Leyton

Winner of the van Gogh (High School Students) category at the 2014 Brain & Mental Health Art Show. People who are victim of some kind of mental health problem live through a slow deterioration of the brain. For example, every time a person with schizophrenia has a nervous breakdown, a portion of his or her ... Read More »

The Daydreamer by Kiarra Vogt

The Daydreamer by Kiarra Vogt

The piece I created was inspired by the fact that the world we live in is not exactly the nicest place but, whenever things look down, everyone has the ability to change things. All of us have the ability to create a new world to live in. Whether it is just in our daydreams or ... Read More »

Life is a Perception of Your Own Reality by Katherine Power

Life is a Perception of Your Own Reality by Katherine Power

Winner of the van Gogh (High School Students) category at the 2013 Brain & Mental Health Art Show. This artwork is a self-portrait, that I was inspired to do when I was going through a very tough time in my life. This piece means a lot to me in the sense that nothing is too hard ... Read More »

Nature’s Imperfections by Jacob Stewart

Nature’s Imperfections by Jacob Stewart

I decided to take these photos because when turned into black and white, you could see a resemblance in all photos, and they resemble imperfections. The cracks depict the cracks and imperfections within. The foundation of our health often becomes cracked with various reasons. Read More »

Now there’s hope…a tribute to brain plasticity by Braveheart

Now there’s hope…a tribute to brain plasticity by Braveheart

Abuse and chaos from childhood were triggered by an untreated bipolar mother, leaving me with post-traumatic stress disorder. To make matters worse, I found out in my early twenties that I inherited the same mental illness that had haunted me throughout childhood. Years later I underwent eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and the ... Read More »

A Childhood Memory – An Homage to Nikita Mikhalkov by Grazia Hanea

A Childhood Memory – An Homage to Nikita Mikhalkov by Grazia Hanea

Winner of the High School category from the 2012 Brain & Mental Health Art Show. You must know that there is nothing higher and stronger and more wholesome and good for life in the future than some good memory, especially a memory of childhood, of home. People talk to you a great deal about your education, ... Read More »