After their sellout first issue, with an apparent reprint in the works, zine collective Doll Hospital Journal have released their follow-up.
The zine has come a long way from its start, a May 2014 tweet by PHD student and film director Bethany Rose Lamont. She queried whether there'd be interest for a publication about mental health related to feminism and queer issues; months later the idea was formalised, a Kickstarter began and by the end of the year it'd exceeded its original goal. The first issue sold out within 48 hours and included myriad disciplines, like illustrations, poetry, essays and straight up real talk, by contributors such as Tavi Gevinson, Esme Wang and Mey Valdivia Rude.
Doll Hospital takes aim at what Lamont calls 'grotesquely misrepresented and mishandled' depictions of mental illness in contemporary society, from stereotypes of sufferers, to the notion of female hysteria and how mental health relates to intersectional issues. Alongside discussions on these huge topics are personal accounts of anxiety, film talk and self care tips. Doll Hospital proves how the potential of DIY zine culture and online communites can be brought to larger receptive audiences.
You can pick up issue two here
Header image by: Laura Callaghan
Body image by: Valerie Choi