Today's post is in honor of all those who struggle with mental illness and still create, still find ways to bless those around them. I'm grateful for the years of medical research which offers hope that was not available to those who, like Van Gogh, suffered through anxiety and other forms of mental illness throughout most of his adult life. Grateful also that my friends, like Van Gogh, do not give up offering the world their gifts in the midst of depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder and other conditions they have battled or continue to battle. I admire you all so much!

This video was created by Tony DiFratta, an artist who worked for years at the Mississippi State Hospital, teaching art to patients with mental illness. You can find more about him and his art here.

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