DESIGNS FOR LIFE
The Mind Over Matter initiative seeks to address the mental health challenges faced by those in the creative fields. By Jack Byrne
In 2015, a study conducted by scientists in Iceland caused some alarm. It found that people working in creative professions were, on average, 25% more likely to carry genetic factors that would lead to them suffering from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
In a bid to shine a spotlight on such issues in the design community in Ireland, the Institute of Designers Ireland and charity Aware are joining forces for the Mind Over Matter initiative, which will take place on World Mental Health Day (October 10) in a wide range of venues across the country in Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Waterford, Limerick, Carlow and Dundalk.
The event affords businesses, start-ups and budding entrepreneurs the opportunity to book an hour of consultation with top creative professionals, where they will receive invaluable knowledge, ideas and new connections in the field of design.
The booking fee for the consultation of €75 will be donated in full to Aware, a charity formed in 1985 that strives to provide those suffering from depression, bipolar and related disorders with both emotional and practical support, as well as positive mental health and resilience training.
Nearly 200 of the best creative professionals in Ireland have signed up to offer their services to the initiative.
You can find more information, book a consultation and donate to a worthy cause via idimindovermatter.ie.