Join our #ArtForAnxiety campaign to mark Mental Health Awareness Week!

This Mental Health Awareness Week is all about making it easier to deal with anxiety. Find out more about how you can get involved.

Woman holds an oil pastel and smiles at her artwork

Everyone experiences anxiety.

It’s what we feel when we are worried, tense or afraid and is a natural human response when we feel that we are under threat. But, sometimes anxiety can become a problem – especially when it impacts your ability to live your life as fully as you want to.

“For me, anxiety feels as if everyone in the world is waiting for me to trip up, so that they can laugh at me. It makes me feel nervous and unsure whether the next step I take is the best way forward”


To mark Mental Health Awareness Week from the 15th-21st May 2023, we are highlighting art as a way of dealing with symptoms of anxiety.

Whether it’s a painting, drawing or a little doodle, we encourage you to submit your own #ArtforAnxiety – and it will be displayed proudly on our website, in our upcoming online Exhibition at the end of May.

We are welcoming submissions to the Exhibition from the 19th April until the 21st May. The Exhibition will be published on our website the week after Mental Health Awareness Week.


How to submit

There are different ways to submit your artwork:

  • Post a picture of your artwork along with the hashtag #ArtForAnxiety across social media platforms and make sure to tag us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or LinkedIn

  • Send your artwork and first name to FAO Communications Team, 20b Hayne Rd, Beckenham BR3 4HY

We can’t wait to see your brilliant pieces!


Join our free online Art for Anxiety Workshop with artist, Nisha!

The 45 minute workshop on the 18th May will provide:

– An opportunity for you to create an artwork to be displayed in our online #ArtForAnxiety Exhibition.

– Useful coping mechanisms and tools for dealing with anxiety

You don’t need to go out and buy anything for the workshop – a pen and paper is all you need. If you have colours, pastels or paints at home, you’re welcome to use these too.

Register your free place on Eventbrite


What helps you cope with anxious thoughts and feelings?

We understand that anxiety feels different for different people, and what works for one person might not work for the next.

During Mental Health Awareness Week (15th-21st May), look out for some practical tips to help you deal with anxiety across our social media. Please feel free to share your tips with us in the comments.

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