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October 30, 2013 - Tread Carefully In Mind

 

Where does depression start – where does it end?
(A personal story).

How much of my mental state is affected by chemical imbalance, how much by past experience?  How much by circumstance and environment – how much by belief and perception?  The immeasurably of these factors is cause for confusion about labeling conditions of the mind.

A diagnosis of depression, anxiety disorder and other ‘mental illnesses’ can certainly help make sense of things and provide a guide for treatment and medication.  Giving it significance beyond that can further darken the world of someone suffering.  It can make you feel like something is wrong with you.  Spotlight weaknesses and flaws.  Exposes an entry point into the isolation of social stigma – the burden of shame.  Can fragment identity.

 

(Art Harley Manifold, original in colour).

 

Personally, separating the diagnosis from the ‘self’ is part of the therapy and management of conditions of mind.  What remains are feelings, experiences.    Behaviours and reactions.  The unrelenting critical head talk.  Dominant dark thoughts.  The cocktail of emotions at extremes.  Sometimes unbearably intense – other times, blunted.  Anger and rage.  Sadness.  Feeling nothing.  Crippling self doubt.  Panic without a cause.  Sensitivity or intolerance to light, noise, stress – people.  Places I can no longer go.

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August 6, 2009 - About

 

Strength through art and stories.

Imagine … if those of us who are different … could be strengthened in our difference … by sharing stories … which wouldn’t mean we’d all become the same … but me might feel less alone in our difference …

 

The Black Dog Project story … the motivation for creating Black Dog came from working as a volunteer with Youth Focus supporting young people with  mental health and life struggles, who had often suffered trauma and abuse.  All of which I’ve personally experienced.  

One of the hardest things for them was to be able to ‘talk about it’, put words to feelings and what was happening in their lives.  Art, image, writing and music provided a means of communication, a way of expressing and exploring who they were – who they wanted to become.  Examining and challenging toxic cultural trends.  Feeling less alone.   So the idea was to simply create a place with an ever-growing pool of all these things.

In 2006 Black Dog came to life as an on-line space.  Grew to include books and card series for both personal use and by support people.  In 2019 the books and card series were brought together to create a collective power source in printed form through a book called,   Clunk & Jam. 

 

 

Black Dog is powered by community spirit, the ethos of underground publishing, and relies on word of mouth to grow and reach others.  You can support Black Dog simply by passing on what you find here to others and sharing through your social media networks.

Janine BrowneFounder  (Browne Ink Studio/Instagram @browneink).   Project’s Black Dog and contributing art by Harley Manifold. Home page art and contributions throughout by Stormie MillsSee illustrated poem that reflects The Black Dog Project.

 

(  Clunk & Jam 2019 Edition.  Pictured – Ash Browne)

 

Thank you … 

Harley (Manifold) who created the Project’s dog and collaborated on ‘In My Room’.  Mike Cairns and Che Douglas (Melbourne) who so generously created the website.  Mags for championing for the Army of Ink and handwriting ‘Rock the Boat’Stormie (Mills) and Marion (Manifold) for their contribution of art – and warm encouragement.  The generosity of the book Sponsors.  Those who support the Project and its work throughout the community.