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'This is My Brave, The Show'

By Michelle Lindsey
On February 8, 2017

Active Minds, a student organization on the Kirkwood Community College campus, is hosting “This is My Brave, The Show” on April 22 in Ballantyne Auditorium.  

Submissions for the show will be accepted until midnight on Feb. 10. The show’s purpose it to bring mental health into the spotlight by featuring students, faculty and staff members who are willing to tell their stories. 

The mission of the show, according to Angie Ziesman-Weiler, Active Minds advisor, “is to end the stigma that continues to surround mental health issues through a live presentation of touching essays, poetry and original music from individuals living with, or loving someone with, a mental health issue.”

The show has a website, thisismybrave.org, that states, “Through the sharing of stories and experiences of those in recovery, we provide a sense of community and hope; and encourage others to share their stories. We believe that each time one of us shares our story, there’s another crack helping to break down the stigma of mental illness.” 

The website also offers the option of donating through a one-time payment, a recurring monthly payment or shopping at smile.amazon.com. By shopping through the Amazon site for everyday items, Amazon donates a percentage of the entire purchase to the This Is My Brave organization. Checks can also be made payable to This Is My Brave, Inc. and mailed to: 43300-116 Southern Walk Plaza #652, Broadlands, VA 20148.

A Facebook page has been created to allow students to follow the show and get updates. The page, This is My Brave, Inc. has all show performances listed across the country and includes video updates from performers in the show. 

Julie Prasil, also an advisor for Active Minds, said, “We are really excited to have the opportunity to bring such a highly respected show to Kirkwood for the first time and to give students in Active Minds some experience with hosting an event of this magnitude.” 

Submissions should be creative and under five minutes. Ideas for story submissions could be a song, poem, written essay, or any piece of artwork. For more information contact Brook Easton at brook@thisismybrave.org.

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