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This week is Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) in New Zealand.

MHAW is endorsed by the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) and marked in over 150 countries. It usually falls during the week of October to include World Mental Health Day (WMHD) 10 October.

While definitions, descriptions and various other attempts to somehow distinguish healthy from unhealthy mind have changed over the centuries; creative artists of all creeds have remained the main recipients.

British poet Roddy Lumsden wrote that; ‘a poet confessing to mental illness is like a weight lifter admitting to muscles’.

Popular stereotype has long classified poets as depressed and creative scientist as mad. The notion that there is a direct link between creativity and madness reaches as far back as Aristotle when he wrote that eminent philosophers, politicians, poets and artists all have tendencies towards ‘melancholia’.

Numerous examples…

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  1. gita4elamats

    ‘Much madness is Divinest sense’.
    —Emily Dickinson.

    ‘Men have called me mad but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence.’
    —Edgar Allan Poe.

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