I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to be producing and directing This Is My Brave again this year with my dear friend Lauren Levine, and we’re ecstatic to have Jason join us this year! We couldn’t have begun to imagine all the Love and Light it brought into our lives, and I can’t wait to see what this year will bring! TiMB brought us together with so many amazing people, and it truly affected our lives and our community for the better in ways we couldn’t have fathomed.
I am a single mother to three strong and courageous people. I’m a photographer and I’m active in the artist community here in Bentonville. It’s exciting watching that community grow and evolve. We’re in a bit of a Renaissance era here in NWA, and I love being a part of that, however small. I have a full time job as a barista in a wonderful coffee shop downtown, and my owners and coworkers and patrons are wonderfully beautiful people who inspire and encourage me every day. My mother was diagnosed as manic depressive, and then as bipolar, and later in her life as schizophrenic. My daughter was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder when she was 13 years old. My 21 year old son has just recently had a schizophrenic break. And I live with depression and anxiety. This is part of who I am, but it doesn’t define me. I am so much more than my diagnosis.
I look forward to sharing my story of hope and courage again with this year’s cast, and I look forward to hearing their stories as they share themselves with the world.
Jason LeCompte is a licensed therapist and the owner of Bentonville Counseling here in Northwest Arkansas. He is a Chicago native, a dog-lover, an LGBTQ advocate, an amateur chef (more of a food-lover, maybe) a once-upon-a-time actor, a travel enthusiast, and lots of other things, too. Jason has been working in the mental health field for about 7 years now, and is often incensed by the lack of resources for underserved members of his community.
Reducing the stigma of mental illness, while helping to instill hope in others that it does indeed get better, is something he is excited to be a part of. Jason hopes to continue to grow his practice and to create more mental health resources for the people of NWA.
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