In history there has been a near fetishization of the relationship between mental health and creativity, that fine line between genius and insanity is where some people aim to be to be at their creative peak. While this could in some ways suggest the struggling creative may not need help, this year artists sharing their mental problems has led to a more normalised view on mental health issues.
Pete Dohertie's anxiety attacks before libertines shows, Ezra Furman's songs discussing mental precariousness, florence welshes public account of her depression and Kendrick Lamar admitting he had suicidal thoughts during tour are just a handful of the examples of musicians being open and public with their problems. This has also been seen in other public figures like Ruby Walsh, Kerry Catona, Paul Gascoin and Stephen Fry.
This is a very encouraging shift in the way mental health is viewed, however there is still a long way to go before our attitude towards it change fully and effectively.