Guest blog – a Personal Story in Art

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One of our brave #VoiceYourStory supporters shares her personal story of what living with mental ill-health really looks like.

Part of a blog posts series by guest writers for the Jobs In Mind #VoiceYourStory awareness campaign.
Author: ‘SN’ from South London. Reading time: 2 minutes.


Art therapy had been recommended to SN as part of her Post Traumatic Stress Disorder recovery process.  Some of her pieces are included here, showing her visualisation of the extremely difficult emotional and psychological challenge of trauma, anxiety, and stress.

She said,

“I started drawing to help me understand what I was feeling. As I drew, it became apparent.”

She found drawing really helped her understand her trauma, and to identify and process difficult emotions.


Fear & Anxiety








Anger & Rage

Anger and rage encasing me, threading through my world. Fear dispersing and threading through my world. Central detached core, makes it easier to identify but more difficult to be in touch with emotions.








Rage & Frustration








Unnamed Pain

Anxious, fearful, panicky and overwhelmed.”








Fragmented, broken (Splittrad)








How about you? How would you explain the reality and gravity of living with mental ill-health? If you or a colleague or loved one have personal experience, Jobs In Mind would love to hear your story.  Please comment below, or join your story to those being shared on our platforms and get involved with our #VoiceYourStory awareness campaign (anonymously or not).

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