People gather to share experiences with mental illness through creative new show

Based in Virginia, This Is My Brave is a “non-profit organization which provides a community and platform for people living with mental illness to speak out in an effort to end the stigma associated with mental health disorders.” In their creative new show of the same title, performers use song, spoken word and even rap to express their experiences with mental illness. Fox 5 News spoke with some of the show’s participants and creators: watch the video to learn more about This Is My Brave.

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Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.

One response to “People gather to share experiences with mental illness through creative new show

  1. While I applaud the purpose of destigmatizing mental illness, “brave” is a common stereotype thrown at people with disabilities in a way that can often silence their fear, anger, sorrow. Not really hip on the title, but love the message.

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