Alex’s Story

Apr 17, 2024 | Featured, Good Stories

A photo of Alex wearing a magenta top. She is singing or talking on stage with a black background.

 

Alexandra Ellen’s journey with art began as a lifeline, a way to navigate the tumultuous waves of depression that have been a part of her life since childhood. For her, art isn’t just a hobby; it’s a form of therapy. Watercolor painting, in particular, serves as her meditation, offering solace in times of turmoil. Alex’s connection with nature is deepened through wildlife photography, which not only brings her closer to the natural world but also acts as a form of mindfulness, a much-needed reprieve from the grips of mental illness.

 

Embracing Authenticity

 

For Alex, embracing her authentic voice, especially as a disabled artist, has been empowering. Her art is a testament to her experiences, a beacon of hope that she hopes will inspire others.

 

“It’s very empowering. There’s a sense that your experience isn’t going to waste, that you hope that your art will impact other people in a positive way.”

 

She encourages fellow artists to start small, to share their truths bit by bit, and to trust in the value of their work, regardless of external opinions.

 

“Know your art is good, there is no such thing as crap art because you made it.”

 

Community and Collaboration

 

Participation in collaborative exhibitions like Access Arts and Art from the Margins has been instrumental in fostering a sense of community for Alex. This shared experience, coupled with running her own art workshops, has not only supported her mental health but also allowed her to help others discover their creative passions.

 

The Impact of One Good* Day and NDIS

 

One Good* Day and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) have played pivotal roles in Alex’s journey. The support from NDIS has enabled her to attend various art classes and exhibit her work, enhancing her growth as an artist and as an individual. Additionally, selling her art at a local day center has opened new avenues for her creative expression.

“It’s given me the options and abilities to participate in things that I wouldn’t have been able to. Nor would I be able to exhibit twice a year. NDIS pays for the Support Worker to drive me to the art workshops and classes.”

 

A Future in Mental Health Advocacy

 

Alex’s disability-led project, “Betsy and I,” produced by indebilityarts is a reflection of her personal mental health journey, woven into the narrative. This project aims not only to entertain but also to enlighten, emphasising acceptance and the importance of mental health awareness.

 

“The message of acceptance is a part of the story which has been a large part of my recovery.”

 

A Story of Resilience and Inspiration

 

Alex’s story is one of resilience, creativity, and the transformative power of art. Her journey with One Good* Day and NDIS illustrates the profound impact of support and community in navigating mental health challenges. As she continues to advocate for mental health and share her artistic talents, Alex remains a beacon of hope and inspiration for many.

 

Take Your Next Step with One Good* Day

 

Like Alex, many face varying challenges with their mental health. One Good* Day understands that the path to recovery isn’t linear, and each day brings its own set of challenges and victories. If you’re seeking support or think you might be eligible for NDIS, reach out to One Good* Day and take the first step towards a journey of recovery and self-discovery.

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