Our Baltimore show, produced by Our Door, is exactly one week away! We're so excited to roll out the cast intros, starting with Shannon Mack!
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m Shannon Mack and I’m a 39 year old native Baltimorean. I have worked for the state of Maryland for over 11 years. I’m a Girl Scout troop leader, Court Appointed Special Advocate for children (CASA) and I am working on my Masters of Public Administration at University of Southern California. When I have free time I’m with family and friends, cooking, reading, baking and of course napping!
How has mental illness affected your life?
Mental illness as affected the way I view my job, friendships and relationships. I don’t have kids but it makes me wonder from time to time if I should. I worry I would pass my illness on to my kids. My mental illness as reminded me from time to time of my limitations as well as inspired me to push harder.
Why did you want to be a part of This Is My Brave?
I wanted to be a part of This Is My Brave to put a face to mental illness, especially in the Black community. I wanted to show that you can have mental illness and still live a very full and fulfilling life. There is nothing to be ashamed of and that there is help and resources available.
How do you stay mentally healthy?
I do my best to stay mentally healthy because when I am not doing well I become suicidal. I never want to go back to that place again. So I make sure I take my meds and attend therapy and try to take care of myself mentally.
What do you hope the audience takes away from the show?
I hope the audience learns more about the different types of mental illness, that it is nothing to be afraid of, that you can live a full life. Most of all I hope the audience learns about what people with mental illness can do and not focus on our limitations.