presented by National Alliance on Mental Illness and Compassionate Touch Network
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Admission: $15 general admission/$50 for reserved seats
HEARTFELT PERSONAL STORIES OF LIVING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS
Minds Interrupted: Stories of Lives Affected by Mental Illness highlights the powerful struggles, persistence and hope of individuals and families impacted by chronic mental illness. Written and presented by seven residents from Santa Fe and surrounding areas, these personal stories of confusion, anger, humor and resilience are a unique opportunity to break the silence surrounding these traumatic illnesses, and shed light on the dedication and courage of those who live with mental illness day in and day out.
One in four American families are affected by mental illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, borderline personality disorder, post traumatic stress and other anxiety disorders. Yet, the stigma, shame and secrecy surrounding chronic mental illness is so prevalent that people talk much less openly about these diseases than about others, such as cancer or heart disease. This program promises to lend a hand in changing that.
“I was so impressed with the courage of the participants. Not everyone can bare their souls the way these people did in front of hundreds of people! This program went a long way to eliminate stigma—getting us talking in public about the tragedies and blessings of dealing with mental illnesses. I left with a feeling of healing.”—Laura
The event is a co-production of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Santa Fe and the Compassionate Touch Network. NAMI Santa Fe is an all volunteer nonprofit that works to ease the pain and isolation for people with mental illness and their family members through education, advocacy and support. The Compassionate Touch Network promotes community health through education, healing, and the arts.