Meet Denver cast member Tinisha Johnson

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Tinisha. I’m a mother of two and reside in Colorado. Originally moved to Colorado from the suburbs of Chicago during middle school. I’m an only child and enjoy raising my two wondering kids. It’s not easy, but hey it’s worth it. I fell in love with writing at the age of eleven and have done some amazing things with my passion ever since.

How has mental illness affected your life?

It can affect a person for life or for a moment in their life. I lost my mother to breast cancer on August 14, 2015. It was the hardest thing I’ve had to face in my entire life thus far. I struggled mentally, emotionally and physically in silence for one year leading up to her death and especially several months following.  I had literally hit rock bottom in a hell I wish upon no one. In a hell no one knew about or even seemed to care to ask about. In a hell that almost cost me my life behind closed doors.

Why did you want to be a part of This Is My Brave?

I started to do some deep soul searching. I was in my thirties, in an unhealthy relationship and realized after my mother passed, I didn’t even really know myself. That’s hard to come to grips with and even harder to admit. I wanted to tell my story, so I could feel free. I wanted to find peace. I wanted to forgive and I wanted to be forgiven. I felt an urge to be apart of this although it was completely stepping outside of my comfort zone. I knew without a doubt, ‘This is My Brave,’ would be one piece to my healing puzzle. 

What inspires you to get (or stay) mentally healthy?

My family, friends, positive people, my passion in writing, my hopes and dreams. My self-worth.

What do you hope the audience takes away from the show?

If you get mentally knocked out, have the courage to fight through it. Have the courage to tell the truth to yourself. Have the courage to stand back up from defeat. Have the courage to know and realize you really, really matter. Have the courage to ask for help. Understand anyone’s negativity about you is their problem, not yours.

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Join us on May 19th at the Oriental Theater as Tinisha and her castmates take the stage to shine a light on mental illness. Tickets on sale now!