Top tips: looking after your mental health with creativity. Roshane is going to tell you about how creativity helped him to express his emotions. He will then share a list of creative activities you could do to help your own mental health. Roshane's personal story: creativity helped me express my feelings. Looking back at my younger years during school, I had a lot of bottled up emotions, some of which I am still dealing with today.
trapped in my own fears
I have never been great at really saying how I feel and for a while I became trapped in my own fears, feeling as though no-one would understand. Even just being unable to properly vocalise the issues I was going through made me extremely 'closed-off' to my family and friends. This caused my mental health to deteriorate as I went from being happy and having an ocean of friends to feeling so alone and unmotivated.
losing control of who I was
Listening to that negative voice inside my head, telling me no-one cared or understood, was like a domino effect that spiralled into other areas of my life. For years I felt like I lost control of who I was. I had lost all my friends simply because they didn't know how to help or deal with problems surrounding mental health. This is why I think there should be more conversations in schools regarding prevention and mental health awareness at a young age.
expressing feelings with creativity
From primary school through to my college years, I noticed that I gravitated towards the more creative subjects. It became evident to the teachers and I that I had been exceling in subjects like theatre, music, art and design technology. The thing I loved about these subjects is that they created a safe place to express the way I was feeling without having to use words.