I grew up in a household with schizophrenia, my Brother, and severe depression, my Aunt, who unfortunately took her own life. I have several cousins and close friends who suffer with depression. I remember taking a class when I was working on a piece with ETD a couple of years ago and it was about people who were bipolar, had depression, or had any other mentally debilitating illnesses to deal with, but since there was no blood, outward scars, slings or "physical" pain to see, it was hard for friends and family to really understand the "pain" of what they were going through. And, if you did, how hard is it to cope when you know a loved one is going through those awful feelings and you can't fix it physically. I can't wait to see these stories come alive, it will truly be a cathartic night in the theater for all involved.
Erasing the Distance has been a part of my life since 2009. I have watched this organization grow and touch so many lives over the years that I couldn't imagine my life without it. We are a family that supports one another, and they continue to inspire me to do more within my community as an advocate for mental health. I think that is why this project is so important because it involves whole families, and it reminds us that no matter what your background the stigma is there and we have to break it down together. Families have to be willing to be honest with one another and others, so that they can get help and recover rather than letting these issues tare them apart. I hope that you will join us and support our cause.