I’ve managed to find a varied selection of small zines that explore the topic of mental health. Most of these zines aim to help people suffering from mental illness by giving advice and empathy.
Some of these zines work in with text only whilst others work with imagery and text to create work that is more poetic and considered. These zines are more focused on producing pleasing aesthetics than in being too formal and intense with a lot of words.
The following two zines are produced in more professional ways, one as a whimsically illustrated book and the other is produced more typically in a magazine style with articles by different artists and people in the mental health field. It seems that these are two different approaches that will relate to different types of people, and so both are effective. Personally, I feel that beautifully illustrated works that relate to mental health are more effective in capturing attention in a wider audience and that it will also produce more emotion and empathy than a more formal aesthetic.