Believe it or not, most people who work in the mental health field don’t do it for their health or wealth. The work is exhausting, the training is often inadequate, the resources are scant, the demands are high, and the pay generally sucks. Although working in mental health can be fulfilling, the artists of Diagnostic Criteria recognize the importance of balancing a mental health career with self-care in the form of intentional, tangible, creative pursuits.
Our objective is to sustain our art-making … just enough to have the supplies we need to keep creating. Art is how we maintain healthy balance in our lives, prevent burn-out, and avoid the pitfalls of poor coping techniques (e.g. we are alcohol and drug free). We’re not here to start a business… our day-jobs will pay the bills. We just want to be able to afford a positive hobby (and maintain sanity!).