What I do...

KNOW­ING THAT YOU’RE NOT THE ONLY ONE FEEL­ING THE WAY YOU DO CAN MAKE ALL THE DIF­FER­ENCE.

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Lize Med­dings is the di­rec­tor and il­lus­tra­tor of the Sad Ghost Club, a cre­ative project that makes comics and ap­parel to en­cour­age pos­i­tive men­tal health aware­ness. The project be­gan ve years ago dur­ing a dif­fi­cult time in her life.

“It started kind of by ac­ci­dent,” ex­plains Lize. “I made a comic about this ‘sad ghost club’ and how it felt to be in the club after uni when I was feel­ing very lost and low. The comic re­ally took off and I gured that maybe I could do it full time.”

Five years later, the club is now a team of three who work to­gether to ex­pand the reach of the project, in­clud­ing guides, work­shops and mer­chan­dise.

“This year we’ve set about launch­ing a new project: Sketch­book Club. It’ll be a one-stop re­source hub for be­gin­ners and pro­fes­sion­als seek­ing in­spi­ra­tion or ad­vice for cre­ative ven­tures. We’re fo­cus­ing on the im­por­tance of cre­ativ­ity as a form of self-care, so we’re try­ing to make it as easy as pos­si­ble.”

It’s in­spir­ing to see how some­thing so per­sonal has grown, and the im­pact it has had on Lize’s life. “If you’d told me ve years ago that I would be a di­rec­tor of a busi­ness, I would have laughed. I didn’t think I’d ever be suited, or able, to do some­thing like this. I’ve learnt how to man­age peo­ple, pri­ori­tise tasks and look after my­self in the process.

“Be­fore Sad Ghost Club was a proper full-time job, I re­ally strug­gled with mo­ti­vat­ing my­self. I hon­estly can’t be­lieve how much I’m able to do in a day now, all while help­ing to stamp out the stigma con­cern­ing men­tal health.

Know­ing that you’re not the only one feel­ing the way you do can make all the dif­fer­ence. Our main aim is to do just that; to let all the sad ghosts out there know that they’re not alone.”

Find the comics and ap­parel at www.the­sadghost­club.com

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