DE­SIGNS FOR LIFE

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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.

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