She didn’t mean to start a blog — she started drawing as a coping mechanism, a way to process what she was going through. But now, the 23-year-old, who prefers to remain anonymous, draws inspiring and relatable pictures about mental health regularly for her popular Tumblr page, “I can’t draw but don’t care.”
“I’d always liked drawing, but I wasn’t good at it,” she said to The Mighty in an email. “I stopped drawing completely until I decided, you know what? I like drawing. I don’t have to care if I’m good at it or not.”
The purpose of her drawings aren’t about being “good” — they’re meant to spread empowering messages to people who live with mental illnesses. The blog’s creator said she lives with depression andanxiety, struggles with self-harm and experienced verbal abuse.
“It’s taken really long in therapy and with medication, but I’ve started working through my traumas and I’m currently recovering. I’m not OK, and I don’t know if I’ll ever fully recover, but I’m a lot better than I used to be.”
On her page, she also writes short updates and musings, and answers questions from her followers. She says she hopes through her work, others know they’re not alone. “Basically all the things I wanted someone to tell me, I’m now trying to tell to anyone who will listen.”
“I want them to know they can survive this. That it’s OK to feel and think how they do, and that mental illness and abuse are real things that can happen to anyone,” she said. “They shouldn’t feel like bad people just because they are ill. They’re not making this up, and I believe them.”
Check out some of our favorite images below, and visit “I can’t draw but don’t care” to seemore illustrations inspired by mental illness.