Knowledge is power!
Here’s a list of podcasts and books that many creatives find both interesting and helpful. By learning more about mental health and the creative mind you will gain valuable insight that can help both yourself and others.
is an anonymous self-help/research service developed by a group of psychologists and thinkers with the purpose of giving creatives 20-30 minutes of valuable self-reflection. It’s completely anonymous, but the answers will give us a better understanding of the creative mind and the pain-points of this industry. Join the survey if you feel ready for a deep dive and want to be part of new research on mental health and creativity.
Hosted by Stewart Alsop, this podcast interviews successful creatives to find out how they work with and manage the stress that is inherent in the creative field.
discusses the importance of talking about mental health within the creative arts.
is an award winning anxiety relief podcast with tips, tools and practices to help you calm anxiety, stress, PTSD, and panic attacks.
will provide you with practical tips and tools to help you take back control over your mental, emotional, and physical health.
Creativity, Wellbeing and Mental Health Practice (Tony Gillam, 2018).
This book argues that some aspects of mental health practice have become mechanical, joyless and uninspiring, leading to a loss of creativity and wellbeing. A high level of wellbeing is essential to mental health and contemporary mental healthcare – and creativity is at the heart of this.
In this book Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi uses his famous flow theory to explore the creative process. He discusses such ideas as why creative individuals are often seen as selfish and arrogant, and why the "tortured genius" is largely a myth. Most importantly, he explains why creativity needs to be cultivated and is necessary for the future.
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, 1990).
During flow, people typically experience deep enjoyment, creativity, and a total involvement with life. In this edition of his groundbreaking classic work, Csikszentmihalyi demonstrates the ways this positive state can be controlled, not just left to chance.
Wired to Create (Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire, 2015).
Based on psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman’s groundbreaking research and Carolyn Gregoire’s popular article in the Huffington Post, Wired to Create offers a glimpse inside the “messy minds” of highly creative people.