Jour­nal an out­let for strug­gling teenagers

Midwest Times - - NEWS - Tamra Carr

A Ger­ald­ton artist is plan­ning and de­sign­ing a cre­ative out­let for strug­gling teens.

Melissa Anne says is cre­at­ing a jour­nal tai­lored for vic­tims of bul­ly­ing and those wrestling with men­tal health is­sues.

Ms Anne ad­mits she is not a qual­i­fied coun­sel­lor, psy­chi­a­trist or psy­chol­o­gist, but says her per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence with de­pres­sion and moth­er­hood gave her the idea.

“I’m an artist who also suf­fers from de­pres­sion and I’m also a mother of two teenagers that I have watched fight against bul­ly­ing, anx­i­ety, the pres­sures of high school and try­ing to find their place and dis­cover who they are,” Ms Anne said.

“The con­cept for this jour­nal was orig­i­nally started to help them and I soon re­alised it was also help­ing me, so I could see the ben­e­fits and wanted to de­velop it fur­ther to help oth­ers.”

Ms Anne has jumped in and out of art all her life, but af­ter start­ing a di­ploma in vis­ual arts in 2014, she de­cided to com­mit full-time.

The his­tory en­thu­si­ast says she dab­bles in a va­ri­ety of art forms, but her main fo­cus is hy­per­re­al­is­tic por­trai­ture.

“I’m a bit of a his­tory geek in some ways, but I’ve al­ways been in­trigued by his­tor­i­cal por­trait pho­to­graphs and what that per­son may have been think­ing at the time those mem­o­ries were cap­tured,” she said. “This is where my pas­sion for draw­ing por­traits de­rives from.

“The emo­tions and in­trigue you can em­u­late to a viewer can be so di­verse.”

Ms Anne said she was hope­ful her jour­nal would help strug­gling peo­ple take the first step in seek­ing help.

“Think of it as an art jour­nal, wreck-it jour­nal, writ­ten jour­nal, in­spi­ra­tional cre­ative hub, colour­ing book for adults and more, all in one,” she said.

Ms Anne pre­vi­ously par­tic­i­pated in art ex­hi­bi­tions in Perth and said she would love to get more in­volved in Mid West events.

Ger­ald­ton artist Melissa Anne is cre­at­ing a jour­nal tai­lored for vic­tims of bul­ly­ing.

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