Submission Opportunity: Writing about Mental Illness

My sister recently alerted me to this call for creative writing submissions around the theme of depression and mental illness:

The National Network of Depression Centers is seeking art for an exhibition at our NNDC Annual Conference September 28-29, 2009

The National Network of Depression Centers is seeking art for an exhibition at our NNDC Annual Conference September 28-29, 2009. This event focuses on the field of Psychiatry and simultaneously offers a platform for interaction of professionals from various fields.

This exhibition will focus on how art can be used as a resource for education and outreach programs to raise awareness about mental health (e.g. depression, bipolar, anxiety, mood disorders etc.). Art on or about mental health, emotional art, or therapeutic art are welcome, as are conceptual pieces regarding these topics.  Work in any 2-D or 3-D media, as well as creative writing, may be submitted.

NOTE: This exhibition is planned to tour nationally from late summer 2009 until mid 2010.  Only work that is available for loan for the entire duration of the tour will be considered.  Work will be insured by the NNDC during the exhibition.

Submissions accepted by email only. Send up to 5 JPEGs (Mac & PC compatible), with slide list including media and dimensions, plus a no more than 200 word artist statement to Lindsay Stern at lastern@nndc.org

DEADLINE:  June 5, 2009

Artists will notified of selection by June 30, 2009.

For more information on the National Network of Depression Centers, visit www.nndc.org

I expect this exhibit to display some stunning work, as researchers continue to investigate the link between creativity and mental illness. Although it’s not quite as well documented, I’m also a firm believer in the healing power of creativity. I’m not sure if I’m going to submit something or not, but I encourage those who feel moved to do so. There’s no telling the healing, connection, compassion, and awareness your creativity might bring.

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