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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Honest Words, Open Minds: destigmatizing mental illness through socially engaged theater

"The Problem with Stigma
Mental illness touches the lives of everyone. Statistically you or someone you know will deal with mental health issues at some point in your life. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 4 adults experience mental illness in a given year; and approximately 2/3 of adults with a diagnosable mental illness do not seek treatment. Stigma causes many individuals living with mental health conditions to experience fear, shame, and isolation. Many avoid seeking adequate treatment because they are afraid others will find out about their condition.

Our Solution 
Honest Words, Open Minds creates space for a unique form of dialogue because it is both creative and embodied, using the magic of theatre, creative movement, and the imagination to provide a platform for the voices of those who have been silenced by the stigma of mental illness.  In collaboration with professional artists, individuals with mental health conditions participate in a series of drama workshops in which storytelling, improvisation, and creative movement are used to explore issues relevant to their lives. When you donate to Honest Words, Open Minds you provide the opportunity for twelve participants to be a part of our workshops at no cost to them."
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More Info...

  1. @PitchFunder
  2. Official site
  3. Honest Words Open Minds Pitchfunder trailer