Hello there! :)
My name is Marija, and I am 24-year-old psychologist and musician from Croatia.
My idea is to promote mental health and fight against the stigma of mental illness and help-seeking through music!
I got accepted at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London to study songwriting and this program would enable me to work on my songs, record them and come up with a demo album.
I would dedicate it to mental health, combining my knowledge, science and creative ideas to spread the message about important issues and topics that are very repressed and stigmatized in our society.
Being able to do this, I could achieve three important objectives:
- It will help my key audience to feel more publicly heard and understood
- It will help others to learn and understand how their behavior could affect people suffering from mental illness or seeking psychotherapy.
- Finally, there is chance that, by spreading this message - we will be able to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and the danger of the related stigma of mental illness and help- seeking in a unique and creative way!
We NEED to put an end to stigma! But, financially, I cannot do this alone so I would be beyond grateful to receive your help. I just need a little push... Then, you can have my word I will do all I can in order to speak up for the people whose voices need to be heard.
I don't come from a wealthy family so unfortunately my savings are very little. Therefore, all your financial assistance will be used for covering my tuition fees and my living costs in London. I contacted so many donors and Institutions but without luck, and if I do not receive money by the end of this month, I will have to give up my position!
I have worked so hard, both as a musician and a psychologist, being constantly involved in music performing and presenting on this topic internationally. If you are interested in any of my creative work, or would like to have a listen to the song that I wrote specifically on the topic of stigma, feel free to write to me and I will be more than happy to share my work with you!
Here is my email address, in case you would like to hear more about me or my projects: [email protected]
Thank you so much for your time and consideration! Know that I am always open for further collaboration on this or a similar topic, so please contact me even if you would only like to exchange some ideas.
Here is to get to know me a bit, some photos and videos that portrait my professional and music activity:
This is an example of a recording session done with my talented partner and friend Jan Jakovljev
Here is another, this time more "festive" recording! :D
Defending my Master's thesis on the topic The importance of stigma of help-seeking and social support in predicting the quality of therapeutic alliance among psychotherapy clients (September, 2018) and later presenting my study at the 24th Ramiro and Zoran Bujas Days, an International Scientific Psychology Conference (April, 2019)
Holding a workshop among a group of high school students at The affiliated language foreign school of SCNU, Guangzhou, China (May, 2018) on the topic Stigma of mental illness and help-seeking
Presenting my paper Stigma of mental illness: employment discrimination, consequences and ways of diminishing it at a youth conference in Trieste, Italy; performing to present Croatia during the Gift of Culture part (October, 2016)
Winning an international poetry award for my poem called Coloring sepia and presenting it at an event Castello di Duino, Italy (March, 2016)
Presenting my paper Indirect consequences of economic stress in families in Trieste, Italy (October, 2015), pointing out the importance of emotional intelligence as a protective factor; following was the interview by a Slovenian press, being one of the youngest participants
I cannot post my original songs here due to Copyright, but I can share them with you privately. :)
For more of my singing videos, you may find me on Instagram: @musicalgamblingThank you again!