I'm a Jersey girl, but I have lived in the DMV for 41 years. I also lived in California for 5 years right after high school. I experienced major depression in high school and was hospitalized twice. With a lot of therapy, I was able to recover completely, and go on to a very productive work and home life.
I found NAMI Northern Virginia when my 22-year-old son was spiraling out of control. Our lives were impacted by suicide watch, violence, jail, restraining orders, and homelessness. NAMI helped me and my family learn to help my son, whose life was torn apart by bipolar disorder with psychosis. I am so happy to let you know that he is in recovery and on a path to regaining his life. I give back to NAMI by volunteering - facilitating Consumer and family support groups and coordinating the Helpline.
I love performing in local theater and at piano bars, and when I heard about This Is My Brave, I knew I wanted to be in the show. My very empathetic neurotypical 28-year old daughter wrote the song I will be performing. When she played it for me the first time, I knew it would be perfect.
My greatest wish is that people who come to the show leave with a sense of hope. My son and I know that change may be slow, but recovery is possible!
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Please share this post with friends and family in the Northern Virginia 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.