Habous is a 48-year-old artist living in St Albans who sometimes finds it difficult to maintain her mental health. At the age of 26, Habous was diagnosed with a mental health condition which commenced an 8-year long battle to try and stay well. After numerous hospital stays and ultimately no success, Habous began to feel disheartened, but at 34 years old he says that things started to change for the better.
After moving into the Community Care Unit in Preston, coupled with health professionals and her own hard work, Habous says her life began to turn around for the better.
“Now l have been living independently for the last 9 years and a half in my own flat. And it’s been 7 years since I’ve spent time in hospital.” she said.
One of the methods Habous used to manage her mental health was through creative mediums like oil pastels. As part of International Day of People with Disability (IDPWD), Habous submitted the below piece saying:
“I have no name for this illustration. Except to say that it evolved from a zigzag pattern l used to express my anger at one stage in my life using art as the medium. Then about a year ago l decided to turn this same pattern into something more beautiful. And here is the result. I have used oil pastels to colour it in and bring it to life. I hope you enjoy it too.”