ArtServe Tackles COVID-Related Mental Health Issues 

Affecting Creative Economy 

For most individuals and businesses, the COVID-19 crisis has put them in a difficult situation. Those who make their living from the arts have been hit particularly hard, which can lead to feelings of loss, isolation and depression.


To help the arts community, ArtServe will tackle the topic of mental health during Depression is No Joke,” part of ArtServe’s highly successful “ArtServe Live” free Facebook series, set for Wednesday, June 3 from 3 to 4:30 pm.


Sponsored in part by WLRN Public Radio and Television, Depression is No Joke features clinical psychologist Dr. LaTasha Russell of “Drive-By Therapy” along with popular Miami-based comedian Chris Priester, who lends a lighthearted perspective to the sensitive topic.  They will be joined by certified Therapeutic Artist and Cognitive Behavioral Therapist Nerissa Balland.


From sharing stories to finding solutions, this important ArtServe forum offers insights and perspectives and will deliver much-needed tools to help artists and others work through this difficult and unprecedented time.


President of the South Florida chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists, Dr. Tasha is also host of the “Drive-By Therapy” talk show series and a licensed clinical psychologist. Native South Floridian Chris Priester is beloved for his mild-mannered humor and lighthearted anecdotes.  Artist Nerissa Balland uses therapeutic techniques, together with artful healing, neurolinguistics and neuroscience to help her clients.


“With theaters, concert venues, museums and art centers closed, professional artists, working artists and art educators have watched helplessly as their livelihoods have come to a complete standstill,” said ArtServe Board President Jason Hughes. “Facing adversities of income loss, issues with food equity and other major life disruptions leads to emotional, social and psychological turmoil and sometimes people don’t know where to turn. This forum is certainly not limited to the arts industry so anyone who may be struggling is welcome to join us.”


This is FREE and open to everyone–not just artists.   And because it’s online, there’s no need to travel to attend. To register for Depression is No Joke, visit ArtServe’s Facebook Events page at: