As 2020 has so vividly shown us, living in the 21st century can feel like a meaningless, Kafkaesque exercise. And it's not just the outer world that's such a high-pressure environment; the inner one can become really turbulent too.

While coping with both of these dimensions is something we all have to figure out for ourselves, some things seem to be more universal than others. Like humor.

Of course, mental illness isn't funny. But artist Gemma Correll, who suffers from anxiety and depression, has found that creating light-hearted comics about her everyday life helps her to make sense of it all. Ask any of her 856,000 Instagram followers and I think they will say they get some sort of catharsis from Correll's work as well.

More info: gemmacorrell.com | Instagram | tinyview

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Aayse
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1 year ago

one negative comment is enough to bring out the negative thought of yours

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You could say Gemma's strips are like her diary entries. In fact, the comics she draws now are the result of years of keeping sketchbooks and journals. "It's something I've done since childhood, making notes and drawings (it was only at college that I learned to call them comics)," she told Bored Panda. "The short comics that I share are inspired by snippets from my everyday personal life."

Gemma started exploring mental health through her work quite a while ago. Even when she ultimately decided to share her comics with the public, there were only a few artists who dared to talk about these struggles on the Internet. "When I first posted these kinds of comics online, mental health was very rarely spoken about, especially in the comics world, using any kind of humor. Making the drawings felt like a kind of therapy to me and after sharing a couple on social media, not expecting much of a response (and even worrying that they would upset people) I noticed that my followers responded to the comics about mental health very strongly and overwhelmingly positive."

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Patti Brock
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1 year ago

ain't that the truth!

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"I think being open about these things help to destigmatize them and to also give words and images to feelings that can be difficult to decipher and describe," Gemma said, adding that even though she's happy that her comics are popular, she would continue making them even if they weren't.

Nowadays, there's plenty of online creators who try to be "relatable." But many come across as phony, shallow, or both. You don't get that when going through Gemma's comics; you can tell she's genuine and an expert in curating her everyday life, cutting out the redundancies and focusing on the moments that describe her and her personality.

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1 year ago

Same

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"The only things I don't share are the ones I'm saving for my graphic novel about mental illness, which I'm working on right now, and anything that would paint another person in a bad light," Correl explained. "I also don't believe in making art about mental health issues that I personally don't suffer from. I wouldn't make a comic about schizophrenia, for example, because that's not my story to tell. Everything comes from my personal experience."

"When I have been unable to vocalize my feelings or problems to a doctor or therapist, I have always written them down," the artist added. "Sometimes I might be crying too much to choke out the words, or I might just not be able to articulate them. Writing and drawing are great therapeutic tools."

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Natalia
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1 year ago

Yep. That's what massages are for! 😂

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Abigail Green
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1 year ago

Need to be number one

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Doggo Froggo
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1 year ago

I am just like that!

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Gin. No tonic
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1 year ago

I keep hanging around TV Peak and River of Excuses, sometimes travelling to Napland, but always avoiding the Laundry Valley.

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1 year ago

Behold The Field In Which I Grow My F***s And See That It Is Barren...

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Helen Haley
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1 year ago

On the left, the uncoordinated, on the right, everyone else.

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Mrs_ Possum
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1 year ago

LOL, the other day I had a dream where loads of people came up to me in a big group. It felt weird, like why is nobody social distancing??? In my DREAM 🙄

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Giovanna Flores
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1 year ago

me:

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Doggo Froggo
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1 year ago

That is sooooooooo cool!!!! Not accurate for me but I know a lot of people who that is accurate for!

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Sadie Shinkle
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1 year ago

lol

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Mohsie Supposie
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1 year ago

Consumerism at its finest.

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Andrew Gibb
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1 year ago

like a burst sewage pipe

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Natalia
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1 year ago

So true

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MermaidsAndDragons
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1 year ago

Maybe it's Maybelline.

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Mohsie Supposie
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1 year ago

Lucky you! Normally they just give you a free subscription to the PREMIUM level anxiety if you every try to cancel the standard subscription.

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MiraiJack
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1 year ago

There, for you. SEASONAL-6...32245a.jpg SEASONAL-601962632245a.jpg

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Aroace tiger
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1 year ago

I have to do this every week 😭

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Aroace tiger
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1 year ago

I'm a pigeon.

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Bettie-Jean Neal
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1 year ago

Oh, I've had this album since birth.

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MermaidsAndDragons
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1 year ago

3 ghosts in a trenchcoat

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Michael Green
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1 year ago (edited)

Them: Uhh.. I think you're overthinking it. Me: NO, you're UNDERthinking it.

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Martine Remmelzwaal
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1 year ago

The bonsai ... gave me the shivers

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MiraiJack
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1 year ago

Its missing the "Failed Miserably"

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1 year ago

foRTY FIVE BOOKS AT ONCE?!

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Catherine Richardson
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1 year ago

Weirdly calm right now

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Norma
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1 year ago

Oh I can't wait!!!

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1 year ago

Mass hysteria at its best

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