Honest Words, Open Minds: destigmatizing mental illness through socially engaged theatre
A big thanks to all of our donors who helped us raise
128% of our goal! With the scholarship funds raised, we are able to provide the
opportunity for twelve participants to be a part of our workshops at no cost to
them. If you would still like to contribute to the scholarship fund, gifts can
now be made here: http://asufoundation.org/hwom
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.
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.
Why We Care
We believe that the Phoenix community would benefit from a space where people living with mental illness can “tell it like it is” and combat stigma. This project is close to the hearts of each team member who makes up Honest Words, Open Minds. Each of us has been affected by mental illness in some way or another. In addition, we have witnessed the transformative experience that socially engaged theatre can have with groups in the community. As teaching artists and arts administrators, it is our desire to provide a space for dialogue about the realities of mental illness and put an end to stigma.
Your donation to Honest Words, Open Minds could provide the opportunity for twelve participants to be a part of our program at no cost to them. Please donate today.
If you have any questions and would like to contact us, please visit our website at http://www.honestwordsopenminds.com
The adult members at the STAR Mesa location had fun and connected with each other on a deeper level. In addition to practicing basic theatre skills, we explored complex and pertinent issues related to stigma and recovery. I want to thank everyone who contributed and helped spread the word because, without your support we could not have made this happen. Honest Words, Open Minds is expanding program development and plans on implementing more workshops in the fall.
Remember, with your charitable contribution you could provide the opportunity for participants to be a part of our workshops at no cost to them. Please donate and continue spreading the word about this great cause.
Erma & Allen Duricko
Amanda Bacon Dwinell
Kae & Bob Honeman
Malynda Chizek Frouard
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Make an Impact
Your contribution of $35 could be used to cover the costs of materials for twelve workshop participants for one workshop session.
Your contribution of $450 could be used to cover the costs of hiring a professional teaching artist to lead six 90 minute workshops.
Your gift of $1,200 could help us provide participants with a Playback Theatre performance by special guest artist "Essential Theatre."