Greetings! My name is Emily and I am very excited to be part of the This Is My Brave Charlotte show! It is my mission to use my lived experience with the mental health system to unite our community around non-medical, holistic approaches to traditional mental health treatment. Aside from pursuits in mental health advocacy, I enjoy singing with the Charlotte Symphony Chorus, jogging (slowly), going to hear live music, and taking pictures of my big, adorable cat, Ivan. He, my boyfriend, and my parents are my biggest supports, and I am grateful for their love
and encouragement in everything I do.
I have dealt with depression, anxiety, and self-injury throughout my life, however I don’t identify as “living with mental illness” because I don’t allow those labels define me. It is because of my experiences with mental health challenges that I decided pursue a career in social work. I never believed that my life’s journey would lead me here, however I feel a true calling to my work as a clinical social worker on an inpatient psychiatric unit. I get to use my history with the mental health system and my training in social justice to help others and their families get the support they deserve. I am so grateful!
This Is My Brave pulled me in because I LOVE all forms of storytelling. I love our ability as
humans to connect and share from the heart. To make meaning from our suffering and make
the world a better, more connected place to live. This is what I strive to do each day in my work
by authentically engaging with the people I serve. I think it’s also what we ought to aspire in our
neighborhoods and communities at large by showing love and kindness to those around us.
That’s what’s going to be so great about this show! We will be showering love, joy, raw emotion,
and art in many forms down on our city. The cast of Brave represent so many diverse
perspectives, and it is my hope that our stories will resonate with each and every member of the
audience in some way. I hope that the audience will feel on a deep level that none of us are
alone in our struggles, and that there is power and strength in sharing our experiences. And that
despite instances of extreme adversity, hope and recovery are possible for everyone.
Tickets are on sale NOW! Click the button below to order your tickets to meet Emily and more brave storytellers. This is one mental health performance you won't want to miss!
Please share this post with friends and family in the Charlotte area. We're all affected by mental health and addiction issues, and the more we can support each other, the easier it will be for people to seek help. This Is My Brave is proof that Storytelling Saves Lives.