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Beautiful Distress was founded on the concept that there is a great deal of mental suffering, that not enough people are aware of this and that not enough is done to stop it.

The Foundation uses art in an attempt to open up the world of psychiatry and battle the stigma attached to it.

Why art? Beautiful Distress believes that art is pre-eminently capable of articulating and depicting the human condition




New Book Release: "Notes From Kings County Hospital" by Mirthe Berentsen

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Gladly we would like to introduce our new book “Stories from Kings County Hospital”, a carefully composed play made out of a fragmentary collection of stories, poems, pictures and observations. Written by Mirthe Berentsen and designed by Sarah Cleeremans, the publication culminates a six-month stay at the mental health department of Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York — on invitation by the Beautiful Distress Foundation, which uses art and literature in an attempt to open up the world of psychiatry. To achieve this, Berentsen investigates the reminiscent and romanticised clichés of the correlation between art and madness, the psychiatric hospital as a biotope for American politics and escaping reality by creating a counter-narrative.The result is one in which the complexity of things converge: madness, gender, the limitations of care, the inevitability of death and the power of language.

Mirthe Berentsen (NL/DE) is a writer, journalist and cultural policy advisor. With a background in politics, art and literature, Berentsen writes about manifestations and tendencies inside and outside society, technology, radical innovators and challengers of the status-quo.

Sarah Cleeremans (BE/US) is a graphic designer & typographer with a special focus on printed matter and an interest in the language of the body & the body of the language. Currently trying to haste herself slowly towards the completion of her WT studies.

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