Creativity and Mental Health: Still Ill Corona Diary (Podcast)

Monique Jackson, creator of Still Ill: Corona Diary, talks to Gabrielle Johnson from NSUN about the power of art to build community, understanding and awareness.

The Still Ill Corona Diary is a graphic journal made up of a series of drawings documenting Monique Jackson’s experiences after falling ill from a suspected infection of Covid 19 in March 2020.

“The ethos of the project is to:

  • Document Monique’s experience of the Pandemic in the UK
  • Raise the visibility of the illness ‘Long Covid’
  • Share helpful resources
  • Amplify voices of Front-line workers and Researchers
  • Explore and discuss benefits of Mental Health Services.

The project has grown to include online international conversations via IGTV and Zoom talks with creatives, key workers and people experiencing the effects of the virus. By initiating conversations between people from different walks of life it is hopeful that we can nurture innovative and creative survival strategies which can benefit everyone overcoming the pandemic together.”

You can find the project on Instagram by clicking here and find the project on Twitter by clicking here.


This blog is part of our series on creativity and mental health. You can find the other pieces in the series here.