Recovery in mental health care from within the creative industry
Anna is a Belgium-based social designer with a strong belief in the power of social innovation, social entrepreneurship and design as an answer to today’s societal challenges. Over the past ten years she has built up extensive knowledge and experience in this area, which led to the foundation of her own social design agency „freckle“. With freckle she helps companies, governments and social organizations to imagine and develop new concepts with a positive social impact. Anna loves facilitating experiments and bringing people together in order to achieve exchange, new collaborations, ideas and projects. She likes to support others in this, but also loves to get started with own ideas. She recently co-founded Coconuts, a creative space in Leuven for young adults with a psychotic sensitivity.
Coconuts is an innovative movement focused on recovery in mental health care, situated in the creative industry. We are a creative place in Leuven (BE) for young adults with a psychotic sensitivity looking for direction. We offer them space to find their place in society again and to show their vitality through art, design and social entrepreneurship. Together with the young adults, we are the editors of a new magazine, Coconuts. A magazine for those in search of imagination, oxygen and inspiration. Each magazine is a piece of art. The magazine is a means of reconnecting young adults with a psychotic sensitivity to society and discovering their place, both professionally and personally, using creativity as leverage. Our pilot turned out to be a confirmation of our vision. We now want to explore how we can refine and spread our movement and approach, and make it accessible to other actors in Belgium and abroad. Our operations are locally anchored, but based on global trends.