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mental house 

IT'S TIME WE TOOK BACK THE NARRATIVE.
I HAVE LET MENTAL ILLNESS DEFINE ME FOR FAR TOO LONG. NOW, IT'S TIME I DEFINE IT.
I KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE TOLD THAT THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH ME. I KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE TO DO EVERYTHING I CAN TO HIDE PARTS OF ME BECAUSE I AM SCARED OF BEING REJECTED AND ISOLATED. SO INSTEAD, I'D REJECT & ISOLATE MYSELF. I'VE BEEN TOLD THIS CHEESY CLICHÉ. IT SAYS THAT THE WORST OF US IS ACTUALLY THE BEST OF US. IT TURNS OUT, IT'S NOT JUST A CLICHÉ.

I was trying to think of what type of organization the mental health community needs.  What could people really benefit from?  And then, I thought: well, what would I benefit from?

Well, that took me down a spiral. The answer, my friends, is A LOT. BUT. What I landed on was this:

CONNECTION.

Connection is what I really need. I am lonely as hell. And no I don't just mean, I want to be surrounded by people, because I think we all know what it's like to feel lonely in a crowded room (or sorry, is that one of those off-limit topics I'm not supposed to talk about?)..

See, that's the problem. We have all these unspoken rules about what is 'appropriate' and what 'crosses the line'. Let me tell you a secret. There is no line. The line is: this makes me uncomfy so let's go back to talking about the petunias I just planted, or how my dog just learned how to curtsy (okay, that would be pretty fucking cool though).

I'm lonely because surface-level conversations make me feel lonely. I'm lonely because not being able to talk about who I am & how I feel, makes me feel like I'm disconnected. From others. From the world. From myself.

What I really want is to feel a sense of belonging.  I want to find a place where I can let all of the 'worst of me' hang out and have it not be nudged away, but celebrated. And I want a place where others can do the same!

I want a place where I can be this cheesy and not feel JUDGED (or judge myself)!

OH, and also.. I wanna HAVE FUN.

I may get pissed the fuck off at all the wrong times and I may be someone you wanna steer clear of when I miss my weekly 1-on-1, but I'm also FUN AS FUCK and I wanna PARTY.

 I mean hey, I'm all for support groups, DBT classes & meditation, but I am taking back my narrative, and I say, therapy can look like more than just that.  Who's with me?

let me paint you a picture

a safe & accessible space for ALL to:

talk about 

your mental illness(es)
& your 'line-crossers'

dance

 share

be crazy

perform

eat & drink

connect

see shows & live music

laugh

collaborate

we can create an opportunity to bring in speakers, artists & influencers who empower us and our stories

interested in co-creating?

would love to hear your thoughts!


 

together, lets build...

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yay! you'll here from me soon

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