Portraits of Recovery

A project by: Joe Lander


WE RAISED $1,162

from 14 donors

This project received pledges on Fri 14 Sep 2018
Reducing the Stigma of Mental Health in Men

Portraits of recovery

Content warning: this information includes reference to suicide.

In collaboration between artist Joe Lander and Professor Jennie Hudson, Director of Macquarie University's Centre for Emotional Health, this project is working towards the exhibition of a series of up to 30 painted portraits of men of all ages, who have experienced and recovered from mental illness, with a focus on anxiety, depression and suicide. The exhibition will include an existing self-portrait, painted following the artist’s own experience with mental illness.

Each portrait will be accompanied by a written narrative, detailing each individual’s story of recovery. By engaging with the audience through an artistic medium, the exhibition will promote healthy conversations around men's mental health, and encourage help-seeking. Each of the men in the exhibition provides an opportunity for the viewer to understand that they are not alone, and that they too can get help. There are also references to the ways that friends and families can help and support their recovery.

A unique approach to understanding mental health stigma

This unique collaboration blurs the line between the arts and mental health research. Through this project, we will evaluate the efficacy of the exhibition in reducing mental health stigma and increasing help-seeking in adolescent males, by assessing perceived stigma and help-seeking before and after viewing the exhibition.

We will endeavour to scale the project and create a tour of the art works to regional Australia, allowing schools and communities to utilise the findings of the project and connect with the stories and experiences of the subjects.

This project aims to demonstrate that this type of universal intervention can help lessen the stigma surrounding mental health, reducing the concerning statistics around mental health in Australia.

Where will the money go?

  • $12 will pay for a 40ml tube of series 1 oil paint.

  • $18 will pay for a 40ml tube of series 2 oil paint.

  • $50 will pay for a single painting panel

  • $87 will buy a single #22 W&N paint brush

  • Van hire to transport artworks to an exhibition venue costs around $150

  • A donation of $600 will provide for printing and consumables for research.


  • We have some really great rewards and some big thank you opportunities for our supporters. Please check out our rewards on the right of the page.

Find us here

Follow the progress of the portraits as they are finished on Instagram - @portraits.of.recovery

Find out more at:


Twitter - @MacquarieUniCEH

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/MacquarieUniCEH/

Follow the progress of the portraits as they are finished on instagram - @portraits.of.recovery

Help us succeed!

  • We are aiming to change the culture that surrounds the perception of mental health. Your donation will have a big impact!
  • Please share this project with anyone you think would support us – on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, by email, telephone, in a chat over the fence or on your blog.
  • In fact, share it with everyone you know as we think it's a great idea, and the more people who know about it, the more likely we are to make this work out brilliantly.
  • Please sponsor us and help make peoples lives better!

If you are experiencing difficulties with your mental health please call

Lifeline: 13 11 14

Beyondblue: 1300 22 4636