We’ve worked extra hard to make our fifth and final issue of Doll Hospital especially special! It’s a bumper issue nearly twice the size of our previous issues at 287 pages long, each page is jam packed with 287 pages of mental health goodness and we can’t wait for you to read it.
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Doll Hospital is so grateful and proud to showcase the work of those who have contributed to our issues.
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Ahmet Oezcan (email)
Bethany Rose Lamont
Carl Wade Thompson
Charles Bane Jr.
Cindy L. Rodriguez
Eline Van den Broeck
Gloria Endres de Oliveira
Hannah Rose Ewens
Jemma Elizabeth Davoudian
Krystal Monique Reddick
Laragh Sheridan Horn
Marisol Moreno Ortiz
Nicolette Clara Iles
Rebecca C. Berezin
The Little Warhols
Some themes this issue approaches are: the limits of mental health awareness initiatives, black boyhood and mental health, trauma and memory, indigenous disability narratives, the struggle of co-morbid mental health experiences, life after attempting suicide, having depression when you’re transgender, the insidious ableism of mental health care access, building dialogue with alters, surviving homelessness when black and trans, moving beyond bulimia, anxiety affirmations, OCD and Islamic ritual, experiences of hypomania, the pressure for male approval as a woman of colour, Kurt Cobain and the 27 Club, beauty rituals, cute cats….and much more.
We do approach themes that can be triggering. For these we have decided to add a dark red banner on the top corner of the page so you can skip those if you are not up for them on any given day. This issue’s potentially triggering themes are: sexual assault, suicide, parental abuse, abusive relationships, paranoia, trichotillomania, self harm, bulimia, anxiety, rape, child sexual abuse, addiction
Khairani Barokka – on her new book ‘Indigenous Species’, the urgency of environmental justice and the awesomeness of Lisa Bufano
Becca Laidler – on her community led creative project on OCD The Secret Illness -thesecretillness.com
John Porcellino – on his comic making career, the relationship between chronic illness and mental health and why cats make great pals
Steve Haines – on on science communication, illness as metaphor and his books ‘Trauma is Really Strange’ and ‘Pain is Really Strange’ (bodycollege.net)
To celebrate out final issue this issue features a gigantic 68 page roundtable comprising of 104 contributions of advocacy, advice, assertions and aspirations for storming through mental health struggles on our most despairing of days.