Rudy Caseres is an award-winning mental health speaker who has been sharing his story far and wide of being bipolar as well as being a suicide survivor since 2014. In addition, he fights to end human rights abuse within the mental healthcare system. He first discovered This is My Brave when he was desperately looking for stories online of people with mental illness living meaningful lives. Even though he had spoken in front of hundreds of people across the country it was having the opportunity to be a cast member of This is My Brave Los Angeles 2017 that felt the most rewarding. Since then he has continued to collaborate with This is My Brave as a member of its Speakers Bureau as well as the host of BraveChat Live where he interviews show alumni on their experiences. Being a producer is certainly the biggest undertaking of Rudy’s life but he feels all the pieces have fallen into place where he is confident this show will be a huge success.
I came to U.S. from Japan 0ver 12 years ago to learn the crafts of film and theatre. In the second year of Santa Monica College, I met Rudy Caseres (Producer) in the theatre dept. He and I have worked together in number of projects ever since, including Ghost Players Theatre productions in North Hollywood, filmmaking and video productions as mental health advocates. I think the creative process of any field of art, such as acting, writing, photography or painting is therapeutic effect on one's heart, therefore your mental health. I, myself am still in the journey of finding my own peace through art forms, currently as a professional photographer with theatre background. I would state "This is My Brave" is one of my platform to do so with various form of art. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ms. Jennifer Marshall for involving me into such awesome production and Rudy Caseres again for our life-long friendship.
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Sarah Schuster runs the mental health section at The Mighty. She graduated with a journalism degree from Syracuse University and currently lives in Los Angeles.
Jenna is dually registered with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and Associate Professional Clinical Counselor. She earned her Masters in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2014 from Pepperdine University. Her clinical experience includes work with couples, families, and individuals ranging in age from eight to eighty. She specializes in working with anxiety, trauma, relationship difficulties, and creative struggles and currently sees clients in West Los Angeles and Westwood (www.jenniferleighromano.com,www.solsticeclinic.com).
Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Cal State Fullerton and performed throughout Southern California. She is grateful for the opportunity to combine her passions for healing and for the arts as part of this production to honor the human spirit through storytelling. With the conviction that stigma is best combatted via transparency, acceptance, and curiosity about the experiences of others, she is proud to be involved in an organization that seeks to combat the shame and secrecy that so often surround the mental health battles that touch us all. She is profoundly grateful for all of those who are brave enough to tell their stories, whether in her office or on the stage.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and when I heard about “This Is My
Brave”, I immediately felt drawn to be involved. To start, I have a passion for
storytelling, and as a therapist, I know that telling one’s story can be a healing act in and
of itself. When people suffer from trauma or mental health issues, shame often floods in
and prevents them from reaching out and getting the help they need. Telling our stories
is the antidote to shame. Talking about mental health decreases the stigma that
surrounds mental health. So, the brave souls who tell their stories do a service not only
to themselves, but to anyone who has suffered from mental health issues. At the same time, telling our stories carries the possibility of triggering the traumatized brain and bringing it back to reliving traumatic events. For this reason, This Is My Brave requires
a licensed therapist to be available at every audition when people may be telling their
stories to strangers for the first time and may not know what to expect from the
experience. I have been happy to sit in on auditions and be ready to offer support when
needed. And I’ve gotten to hear many brave souls share their healing journeys along