Our Washington, DC and Baltimore shows this fall are being produced by a community wellness center called Our Door.
Our Door Community Wellness Center, in partnership with the Department of Behavioral Health and Green Door Behavioral Health, provides mutual support, self-help, advocacy, education, information and referral services to assist people with mental health and/or substance use disorders regain control over their lives and recovery process.
The District of Columbia This Is My Brave Production team is led by Melinda Hasbrouck, who self-identifies as being in recovery from serious mental illnesses. “My most important step in gaining resiliency in my mental health recovery was realizing my openness could save lives. Stigma is battled when we start talking about mental illness.”
In her role as Executive Director of Our Door Community Wellness Center, Melinda has been able to lead programming that serves to show not only is recovery possible, but it is real and the expectation. With the support of the District of Columbia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Green Door Behavioral Health, Our Door has been able to provide its community with peer-led and -managed services that understand the vital role nonclinical, peer supports play in recovery.
This is My Brave serves as Our Door’s launch of addressing stigma through real stories of recovery expressed with the creativity and uniqueness so many have to offer. Melinda is also excited that the Baltimore show is being produced on behalf of Our Door to connect resources and establish new programming along the Beltway.
Melinda wholeheartedly believes a production of This is My Brave highlights a unique, personal and creative method of delivering messages of hope and recovery while allowing for local community members to share how mental illness has impacted their lives, which she captures in one word, “powerful.”
Individuals interested in sharing their story in our DC show this fall should sign up for an audition slot by clicking HERE.
If you would like to submit a video recording, you may send it to MelindaH@greendoor.org using a YouTube link, or text message to 202-538-0006 within the recording time frame allotted (5 minutes) and the guidelines described on our Auditions page. You will also need to fill out the consent form by August 13, 2016 (5:00 pm) for your video to be reviewed and considered. If you send your video through a text message, please follow up with an email to MelindaH@greendoor.org to ensure receipt. You have the video option until 5 pm on Saturday, August 13, 2016. All submissions will receive an acknowledgement of receipt within 24 hours. Good Luck!
Angela Thompson, Baltimore’s team leader has witnessed the devastating impact of untreated mental illness in her community. As a Parole and Probation Officer in Baltimore, MD, Angela often supervisors offenders who have, “given up because they do not know how to seek help or get help for their mental health issues.” Angela, who openly shares her own personal recovery from mental health disorders, understands the plight of others in her community who need a message of hope and support.
“I am excited to produce this show on behalf of Our Door Community Wellness Center because the expansion and linkage of programs and services in the Baltimore – Washington metropolitan areas will allow for more collaboration among experts in recovery and advocacy rooting for a common cause: promoting the fact that recovery is real.”
In the communities Angela works and lives in, stigma often plays a disabling role in people seeking help. The Baltimore production is excited to be a platform for real stories of recovery and conversations that address stigma related to mental health disorders.
Announcing our Baltimore Audition sign-ups!
Pleading Foundation of Christ Church - 2701 Kennedy Ave · Baltimore · MD · 21218
Thursday, August 18th: 12-2pm and 6-8pm
Friday, August 19th: 12-2pm and 5-9pm
Saturday, August 20th: 11am-2pm
Click HERE to select a date and sign up for a 15-minute Baltimore audition slot. We're seeking stories of mental health recovery through original poetry, original music and personal essay. Your piece must not exceed 5 minutes in length. Good luck to all our hopefuls!