on wednesday i was invited to participate in a facebook live video chat with this is my brave, one of my favorite mental health organizations. i was a cast member of the washington d.c. brave 2016 show and performed a piece about my experience with shame following my dad’s suicide. below is the video of my interview hosted by rudy caseres, a fellow mental health advocate and brave alum. (be sure to turn up the volume in the bottom right corner of the video).
i am so grateful for this opportunity to share about what a positive impact experience i’ve had with this is my brave. for most of my life i felt that i shouldn’t talk about mental illness or suicide out loud. through blogging and performing for this incredible organization i took big steps in opening up and starting to own my story. their tagline is storytelling saves lives and i absolutely believe that to be true. that message especially resonated with me when i first started writing. check out their website to see if they are holding a show near you – they are nation-wide and growing. if you can’t make it to a live show they have an amazing variety of videos and written pieces on their site – all focused on breaking down stigma and living with mental illness.
this is my brave works to end the stigma surrounding mental health issues by sharing personal stories of individuals living successful, full lives despite mental illness through poetry, essay and original music, on stage in front of a live audience.