Life is hard, and life as a creative person can sometimes feel isolating. While our society has come a long way in recognizing the gamut of mental and emotional wellness issues, many of us are silently struggling. And frankly, it’s still a tough subject to approach—especially in professional settings. That’s why AIGA Baltimore wants to start a conversation and create a safe space for designers and the greater community to talk openly. We all have our battles, whether you’re trying to overcome the impostor syndrome, are looking for ways to be better in your day-to-day life, or simply need an empathic ear, we hope to facilitate a support system that advocates for the importance of personal growth as professional development. While we don’t have all the answers, we believe through sharing our personal resources as well as experiences with diverse groups we can help each other gain new perspectives and outlooks.
Gilah Press, a letterpress and graphic design studio, has generously offered their space for this discussion. Gilah is located in Hampden. Street parking is available, and the studio is a ten minute walk from the Woodberry light rail station.
This meetup is free and open to the public. As an attendee, we invite you to come with a mindset of openness and honesty, focused toward supporting the mental and emotional wellness of the individual. You will be welcome (but not required) to share anything that’s on your mind, and encouraged to provide any resources that you’ve found helpful. While you’re at it, check out these great resources over at the AIGA Eye On Design Blog: Design + Mental Health and We Need to Talk About How We Talk About Creativity and Mental Health
Disclaimer: AIGA Baltimore claims no professional standing, or ability to diagnose or treat matters of serious mental illness and health. In times of distress, or intense mental challenges, we urge everyone to seek professional help. If you are in a state of personal crisis, please reach out to https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ or call: 1-800-273-8255
Privacy & Conduct: In an effort to respect the privacy of each person this meet up will not be recorded, and by signing up attendees agree that any information shared will not be made public unless with the express consent of the individual. Additionally, AIGA Baltimore expects that all attendees treat each other with respect, openness, and in adherence to the guidelines specified in AIGA’s Code of Conduct, which can be found here: https://www.aiga.org/code-of-conduct