We are a doll hospital. We explore notions of growth, trauma, chronic illness and childhood, and identify how this lives in conversation with mental health. Constructs of white girlhood continue to exclude and alienate women of colour, particularly black women. This is unacceptable. We are interested in reclaiming these spaces, redefining innocence, and standing, unapologetically, in our trauma.
Doll Hospital is a bi-annual art and literature print journal on mental health. It encourages work with an intersectional focus as the history of mental health is so closely tied to the history of race, class, gender identity, sexuality, colonialism, chronic illness, and disability.
Rooted in self-advocacy, we centre the voices of those who are largely unheard in the mainstream notion of ‘mental health.’ Doll Hospital Journal aims to be an alternative to the limited narratives that are focused on in the mainstream media. We want to offer a platform to those who experience mental health firsthand, in their own words, on their own terms.
We don’t care about ‘success stories,’ we care about surviving.
We believe print is the best medium for this project — a refuge from toxic comment sections and constant link skipping. Something tangible to slip in your book bag and read on the bus. Something still, something quiet, something just for you.
Interested in submitting? We’d love to read your writing, your stories, your poetry, personal essays or pop culture musings, see your photos and your collages, publish your illustrations and your comics. In short, all mediums are welcome. We don’t care about your clips, if you’re dealing with mental health struggles and have a story to tell, we’d be honoured to have you. If you’d like to find out more, please check out our submissions page for more information.
Where to buy
Our zines are available on bigcartel digitally and in print (though the latter is sold out we are looking to reprint)!
Buy some other goodies over at society6, like tote bags, t-shirts, and more!
Keep up with us
The News page is our blog feed and thus the place to read up on our progress in making our dreams (and zine issues!) a reality, as well as other newsworthy tidbits.
If you would like to donate to Doll Hospital, please follow this link to our PayPal account. All proceeds will go toward the production of the journal and payment for its contributors.
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