**For Mental Health Month x Artober 2021's prompts, click here.

In October 2020, I decided to host a creative challenge on Instagram for Mental Health Month, by putting together a list of 31 prompts (below) that would both stir up everyone's creativity, and raise awareness about mental health.

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For my own artworks, I decided to challenge myself with a medium I wasn't particularly familiar with - black ink. While I usually use a lot of colour, I loved the simple, clean effect ink could have when used right. Here are some of my favourites that I created for Artober:

Overall, it was the most wonderful experience not only sharing my own artwork and stories, but seeing the beautiful creative works and vulnerable personal stories that so many others bravely shared during the 31 days of October. I feel beyond inspired and in awe of the talent and courage of all those who took part in #MHAMArtober20 for a day, week or the whole month. Below is just a sample of some of the amazing pieces shared:

I'm so thankful to everyone who participated or spread the word, and my hope is to host the challenge again next October to continue to raise awareness about mental health, erase the stigma, and keep the creative juices flowing!