Out of Order
Out of Order Publications was created to meet the growing need of bringing awareness to mental health illnesses in college students. Each issue number addresses a specific mental health need. Issue #1 addresses depression, Issue #2 anxiety, and Issue #3 addiction. Each zine is tailored specifically for each mental health need, with a clear message of hope. All the zines were distributed on campus in two locations of differing installations.
Publication, Installation, Illustration, & Branding
Issue #1: Depression
In this first issue introduces the topic of depression. Due to the sensitivity of the subject, the zine opens with a reassurance that “It’s okay to feel bad.” This appeal to comfort is juxtaposed with a list of symptoms one might have when experiencing depression. A statement that “You are normal” is followed by statistics showing the prevalence of depression in college students. The last spread is dedicated to coping strategies and lists available helplines. To facilitate a call-to-action, the back fold-out features a therapeutic coloring page for the reader with a message that de-stigmatizes the use of prescribed medications for mental health.
Issue #2: Anxiety
The second issue highlights the topic of anxiety. Readers are urged to “Take a breath and relax.” The format of all three issues are the same, listing the symptoms of anxiety, statistics, as well as coping mechanisms and resources to call. As in Issue #1, the back page contains a coloring page and similar call-to-action for readers to jot down their own thoughts to relieve stress and alleviate worry.
Issue #3: Addiction
In the third and last issue, the publication tackles the dangers of addiction. The opening spread encourages the reader to “Take control of your fate,” and lists some tell-tale signs of addiction. The format is similar to Issues #1 and #2, revealing statistics and ways of taking control. On the back page, another coloring page presents illustrations of candy hearts, ready to be filled with self-care phrases and shaded with color.
The initial purpose of these zines was distribution throughout Texas State campus to impact students with a meaningful message of hope. Two distribution areas were set up on opposite sides of the campus. One was at the first floor of the Joann Cole Mitte Art Building, while the other was at the Honors College’s Gallery of Common Experience. Each location has an inviting look, which beckons readers to engage in the installation.
The School of Art and Design at Texas State University
The Gallery of Common Experience at the Honors College of Texas State University
The publications were made using the risograph printing method on 8.5 x 11-inch paper folded into small, accessible 8-page zines. They were distributed on the Texas State campus in the first floor of the art building gallery area as well as at the Honors College’s Gallery of Common Experience as an attempt to alleviate mental health concerns in college students.