One Artist is Raising Mental Health Awareness by Drawing Medical Conditions as Monsters

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A UK-based illustrator is creating a series of drawings that aim to raise mental health awareness by depicting different disorders and conditions as monsters.

Toby Allen’s Real Monsters series is a collection of 16 illustrations (with another eight in the pipeline) that tackle everything from depression and anxiety to schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Toby Allen's Real Monsters

Toby Allen's Real Monsters

Allen told Mashable;

“The idea for the project came from dealing with my own anxiety,” . I found that drawing my worries and fears as little monsters would help me think about them differently and make my anxiety feel more manageable. I imagined that my anxiety could be overcome by giving it a physical from, giving it a visible weakness that I could learn to exploit.”


After receiving a positive response online, Allen decided to tackle a variety of other conditions as part of a larger project.

“I also wanted to try and educate people…

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6 Responses to One Artist is Raising Mental Health Awareness by Drawing Medical Conditions as Monsters

  1. This is amazing! Thank you for sharing. I’m going to go check out his blog.

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  2. Jules says:

    When i found these monsters a little while back i loved them

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