According to the World Health Organization, mental health is defined as: “a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.” (Source: http://www.who.int)
In a perfect world, everyone would be able to relate to this definition. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case and mental illness is very much part of many people’s lives. Some have acknowledged their own condition, whereas others – as a result of various reasons – deny, fear or are simply unaware of their situation.
Cortex has been developed as a multi-platform network which allows everyone to interact, share, support and evolve together in a community of positivity and understanding.
It can be difficult to express yourself, especially when you’re faced with a blank page, so we want to encourage you to be creative and confident – words, poetry, images, tweets; the possibilities are endless – we want to open the door for you to be you.
We will be contributing some of our own material, but this blog is for you – a community of creative, passionate people who want to bring some sunshine to others’ rainy days. Even if you don’t feel like contributing, the community will be here sharing their experiences of their own issues such as anxiety, relationships, addiction and more – that’s the point, everyone’s stories are different, but we can all relate in our own way.
Take ownership of your own path, share your stories and contribute to your community. Creativity has been found to be an effective coping mechanism* and we encourage you to let your creativity and expression flow with your contributions – you never know, it may help someone you’ve never met.
Join with us as we go down the rabbit hole and explore our own Wonderland.
If you want tell your story, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
*For further reading, take a look at http://www.artsandhealth.ie/perspectives/mental-health-recovery-and-the-role-of-the-creative-arts/ or https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Chris_Lloyd5/publication/43476809_Art_and_Recovery_in_Mental_Health_A_Qualitative_Investigation/links/00b7d53bc7ce6bfb8d000000.pdf