Arts and Health

As well as being an artist, Chanje is also an advocate for positive representation of people with mental health conditions. She herself has a diagnosis of Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Inspired by the ‘Mad Pride’ movement, she works to both reduce stigma around mental health, and to promote alternative ways to improve the quality of life of people who live with pathologising diagnosis.

As a person with such a diagnosis, working both nationally and internationally as a successful artist, she tries to show that engaging in art, both improves mental health, and quality of life.

Chanje has done social media campaigns about health and horticulture too. Using plants and gardens as a way to re-connect with the actual beauty of the natural world, and find some peace. She also works with arts organisations, and mental heath groups delivering talks and workshops, in addition to working with universities, contributing to academic papers around using art as an effective anti-stigma tool and as an empowering resource.