It doesn’t matter how often I hear them, I’m still always taken aback by the statistics surrounding mental health. According to Mind, 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. But despite this ridiculously high number, it’s still not something that people feel confident talking about.
Looking at the 1 in 4 figure, it’s safe to assume that somebody you know, if not multiple people, have suffered from some form of mental health problem. It could be someone in your family, one of your friends, a partner, a coworker or anyone else you can imagine. But the chances are you’d never know, as it’s not something people talk about.
Luckily, there are people out there working to fight the stigma around mental health – from charities like Mind to the growing number of celebrities talking openly and honestly about their own struggles. The more people talk about this, the more normal it becomes, which can only be a good thing.
Do What You Want is a one-off magazine, put together by Ruby Tandoh and Leah Pritchard. My copy finally arrived over the weekend, just in time for Mental Health Awareness Week, so it seemed like as good a time as any to write about it on here.
I first came across Ruby when I read her Vice article about the ‘clean eating’ and ‘wellness’ trends that were sweeping the nation – if you haven’t read it, go and do it now, it’s superb. I’d always felt a bit skeptical of the whole ‘clean eating’ trend, and this article seemed to backup everything I’d been thinking – albeit far more eloquently.
After that I began following her on Twitter, which was how I eventually came to hear about Do What You Want.
The magazine itself is all about mental health and wellbeing, made up of almost 150 pages of interviews, essays, poems, comics, Q&As, recipes and much more. Topics range from eating disorders and social anxiety to money troubles and looking after your mental health when you’re self-employed. Each fascinating piece is accompanied by stunning illustrations from a whole host of fantastic artists.
They sold out their entire stock on release day, but have just opened pre-orders for a limited reprint. It’s only £7, with all the profits going to charities and not-for-profit organisations. So put in an order, do something for charity, help raise awareness and get a cool magazine in the process – everyone wins!
All images via: Do What You Want