Artwork and Words by Wren, 19 ACT  This article contains themes about mental health, anxiety and depression which may be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services. 1800RESPECT – 1800 737 732 Lifeline – 13 11 14 This piece was a finalist of the…

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Artwork by Ziggy, 23 NSW  Artist Statement: I had to be ‘verified’ by a medical professional as transgender, before I could continue with my transition. The funny thing is everything in this drawing makes me trans. AND nothing in this drawing makes me trans. Every transgender person has their own ideas of what being trans…

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Mountainous Barriers

Mountainous Barriers WhyNot

Words by Markos, 28 VIC Artist statement: – This is a simple but honest piece that illustrates the challenges of getting a job when you have mental health issues. While it’s difficult to climb those hills and mountains, it’s not impossible. Doubt and stress can be overcome by talking to someone or getting professional help. Just doing…

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What a Time to be Alive

Instagram screen shots of barriers to employment

Digital artwork by Julianna, 26 VIC This piece was a finalist of the Youth Summit Creative Competition 2020. I  like to use Instagram. I discovered the abilities of sharing quick Instagram stories which act for me like ‘time capsule memories.’ The phone screen becomes like a digital art canvas for my musings, quotes and photography.…

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Side Effects May Include

Side Effects May include - Artist Submission

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…

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Inner Infant

Inner infant

Illustration by Josh 26 VIC You can find more of his work on Instagram @joshchodziesner I generally use this cone-headed dude – Denk – to outwardly express the things that I need to regularly remind myself. This piece in particular is in response to that insidious voice in your head that tells you “You’re an adult now,…

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Answer the World’s Smoke Signal

Australian Bushfires | WhyNot?

Words by Aileen, 28 VIC Illustration by Aileen, You can find more of her work on Instagram @aileenetc Answer the World’s Smoke Signal/Together We Are illustrations show the impact of the Australian Bushfires across the world. From smoke impacted areas to people/animals who have lost everything – these fires are truly devastating, and it would be irresponsible…

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‘Feed My Ego’

Feed My Ego

Animation by Aileen   This piece represents the need for validation through social media. It focuses on the theme of greed, the unhealthy use of technology and how it will never truly satisfy us. You can find more of her work on Instagram @cartoonsforsanity and @aileenetc

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