The Durham Art Asylum is a web of artists living with and loving through mental health challenges. Our community of majority BIPoC, queer and trans creatives cultivates and shares resources we need to be well and make magic. We denounce criminalization, infantilization, dismissal, and incarceration of all people, and specifically of people who struggle with mental, emotional, and spiritual health. We do this by turning the critical lens to the system we live in, and embodying our own unique and collective powers of creativity and cosmic connection. We transform reality.

This resource guide comes out of a desire and need for accessible and affirming mental health resources. The ideas of “accessible” and “affirming” are different for each of us, and we recognize that some of the things that work for us may not work for others. But we hope that this will be a supplemental tool for self determination as you cultivate health and well being in these crazy times.

You can contact us at: durhamartasylum@gmail.com

Beths Soul Map


There is a loneliness that can be rocked. Arms crossed, knees drawn up, holding, holding on, this motion, unlike a ship’s, smooths and contains the rocker. It’s an inside kind. ~Toni Morrison


Thank you thank you thank you to all of the fabulous people who contributed labor and love to the creation of this site:

Carly Campell, Jade Brooks, Jodi Hart, Kristen Cox, Beth Bruch, Catherine Edgerton, Hiva Kadivar, Ariel Springfield, Billy Dee, Cassie Hamrick, Michelle Preslik…

Art Contributors:

Ariel Springfield : “Nebula” (background image for full site). Artwork also appear on the following page headers: Acupuncture, Body Work, Energy Work, Miscellaneous Resources, Massage, Creativity, Community, and Books and zines, Therapists. See more of Ariel’s artwork at:  http://www.arielspringfield.com/

Catherine Edgerton: Artwork appears on the following page headers:, Advance Directive, Art Therapies/Therapeutic Art, Mad Pride . See more of Catherine’s artwork at: http://livinontheedgerton.com/

Hiva Kadivar: Artwork appears on the following page headers: Crisis Prevention/Intervention Strategy, Meet-ups, Herbalists.

Beth Bruch: Drawing (above).

Billy Dee: Miscellaneous photographs by Billy appear on the following page headers: Naturopathy, Support Groups, Trans Affirming Care Providers, Yoga, Addiction, Assault/Family Violence, Spirituality, Food/Exercise/Herbs, Ideas for Stuff to Do.


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