Nearly half of American adults develop a mental illness in their lifetime; depression affects 350 million people worldwide. Yet the struggle to be well is still a shameful secret so many of us lock away—despite the fact that it drives so many of us.
Anxy is changing that.
Anxy is a beautifully-designed magazine about our inner worlds—the ones we often refuse to share, the personal struggles, the fears that fool us into believing that the rest of the world is normal and we’re not.
Each issue of Anxy uses a central theme—“loneliness” or “boundaries”—to build an original, insightful, and creative perspective through interviews with folks we admire, personal essays, reported features, visual stories, and recommendations for what to read, watch and download to round out the conversation.
This isn’t your therapist’s scientific journal. This isn’t some self-help manual. And we aren’t telling you how to “fix” an issue. We are Anxy. Aren’t you?
“Art isn't anecdote. It's the consciousness we bring bear on our lives.”
— CHERYL STRAYED
This is a magazine for culture makers and the people inspired by them who are tired of feeling ashamed of their emotions and mental illnesses. People who wish there was a section in their dating profiles where they could air the dirty inner laundry once and for all. People whose work is fueled by, thwarted by, formed because of the struggles in our emotional DNA.
Anxy is for people who crave open discussions about coping with anxiety, depression, fear, anger, trauma, shame, and all those other game changers that map the direction of our work and our lives.
More specifically, we’re aimed at people like us — people in their 20s through their 40s who’ve perhaps dabbled with therapy, and are already talking about their issues with friends. They’re seeking out larger platforms to better understand themselves and learn about others who wrestle with this same crap. We’re also a magazine for the family members and friends who struggle right along with us when we’re going through a rough patch that lasts days, months, or even decades. This is the right time to have this conversation.
Other publishers are beginning to broach the topic, and many public figures have come forward with personal revelations about mental health. Actor Kristen Bell wrote about her struggles with depression and anxiety; comedian and podcaster Marc Maron has made a career out of talking about complex emotional issues with his creative peers.
We feel a real revolution taking place around normalizing mental health outside the medical arena and in the creative space. Anxy cuts through the clutter to offer real discussions and striking explorations of the wildcards our brains and bodies throw our way.
We come to Anxy with an openness about our personal baggage. Occasionally, we can even appreciate it—or at least joke about it. We’re just tired of pretending like it doesn’t exist. And we’re committed to ripping the stigmas off our challenging emotions.
Indhira Rojas is the founder and creative director of Anxy. For over a decade she has worked in the intersection of branding, editorial, and interaction design for publications such as The Bold Italic, Once, Modern Farmer, Atlas Obscura and platform Medium. She leads her design consultancy in Berkeley, CA under the name Redindhi Studio.
Indhira leads an editorial team that includes:
Bobbie Johnson, a senior editor at Medium, and the founding editor of Matter, the ASME-winning, Pulitzer-nominated, online magazine. Before that he was previously a reporter and editor at the Guardian, where he covered race riots and cults, interviewed luminaries like Steve Jobs, and helped coin the word ‘podcast.’
Jennifer Maerz is a media strategy consultant with a focus on innovation. She’s the former editor-in-chief of Gannett’s digital experiment The Bold Italic, a longtime music editor, and she freelances for a number of publications on topics related to culture, tech, and music, including RollingStone.com, Cosmopolitan.com, Refinery29, and the San Francisco Chronicle.
Michelle Le is an award-winning editorial photographer and photo editor based in the Bay Area, specializing in investigative reporting and in-depth enterprising stories.
Keith Axline founded Wired’s photography blog, Raw File, and Vantage, a photo publication hosted on Medium. He is currently a software developer in Portland, Oregon.
Katie MacBride is a freelance writer and essayist whose work has appeared in The Establishment, Cosmopolitan, The Bold Italic, among other publications.
Kati Krause is a writer, editor, and maker of magazines. She has lived in Munich, London, Barcelona and now Berlin, where she is the correspondent for Monocle magazine and develops digital storytelling strategies for media companies. Other magazines she created or worked with include Ling, A Mag for all Seasons, Companion, and Matter.
So, you wanna get involved?
If our mission strikes a chord with you, Anxy is currently looking for contributing freelance writers, photographers, infographic experts and illustrators as well as mental health professionals who understand the power of a conversational writing voice.
If you’re interested in working with us.