Submission by Julia. 24 VIC
This piece was a finalist of the Youth Summit Creative Competition 2020.
Artist Statement: –
‘I created this piece to highlight the impact that mental health can have on maintaining meaningful employment. As a young person who suffers from depression and anxiety, as well as chronic pain, I have a strong understanding of the barriers that constrict and disadvantage young people in the workforce. I am a passionate advocate for removing the stigma surrounding mental health, and closing the gaps in our current system.
Side effects may include is a mixed medium self-portrait (oil and acrylic), created with the artists’ prescriptions.’
*Disclaimer that therapy and recovery is different for every person, and the artist is not advocating for prescribed medication as a sole treatment option*