Write On!
Mental Health Connecticut (MHC) is helping emerging writers find their voice and write their truth. We work with young adult writers, ages 18-29, who are diagnosed with a mental health condition and/or substance use disorder (or who have experienced trauma and live with mental health and/or substance use challenges), and who want to become powerful storytellers and self-advocates. Participants will advance their writing skills, learn how to use writing as a healing mechanism, and educate the community on the realities of living with trauma and/or a mental health diagnosis. Writers in select classes also work with the award-winning team at SeaTea Improv to gain confidence and improve public speaking skills.Write On! is designed for individuals who live with trauma and/or a mental health diagnosis who want to bring the transformative power of writing into their lives, as both a way to heal and to change minds. Participants leave Write On! with advanced writing and storytelling skills and the confidence to share their story in a way that demystifies mental illness and ends stigma in their community.

upcoming classes
MHC will host a class for young adult writers (age 18-29) at Gateway Community College in New Haven, CT on Thursday evenings (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.) from February 20 – April 9, 2020. Applications for this class will end on February 7, 2020. Click the below button to apply today.

If you are interested in applying for a future Write On! class, please join our mailing list for updates on upcoming classes.

telling tales
To listen to stories from Write On! alumni, find the “Telling Tales” podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Anchor, Google, Breaker, Pocket Casts, and RadioPublic.

Have questions? Contact Suzi Craig at: scraig[at]mhconn[dot]org

“I think it’s great that this workshop gives people with mental illness an outlet to share how they feel and break the stigma. I hope it continues to reach more people. Janet [the workshop instructor] is amazing. She works well with everyone and has so many lessons to teach. This program has helped me immensely.” Write On! program participant

Thank you to our fall 2019 and spring 2020 sponsors!

Thank you to the support of Mental Health Connecticut’s individual donors, the Greater Hartford Arts Council, and our host sponsors, Free Center and Gateway Community College’s Wellness Center.

Hartford Free Center Gateway

donations needed
Like all of our health and wellness programs, we rely on the sponsorship, grant funding, and general donations from the public to keep this program alive. We are looking for additional funding to keep this program going each year. Please consider making a donation today to keep this program going strong! Click the below button and be sure to apply your donation to Write On!

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Telling Tales from the spring class of 2019

Justin

Justin shares his personal journey with living with Schizophrenia.
Deidre

Deidre shares how her faith has helped her in her mental health journey.

Meredith

Meredith shares what she wishes people knew about mental illness.

Jamie

Jamie shares a love story and what it’s like to be “on both sides of the rope” while having bipolar.

Riffat

Riffat shares his thought provoking questions and mental health struggles.

Keith

Ketih shares what it’s like living with anxiety and depression and how others can be an ally to him and those like him.
Telling Tales from the class of 2018

Lauren

Lauren shares the raw and emotional story of the impact her father’s past has on her mental health.

Sara

Sara shares an intimate look at 9 days inside a psychiatric ward.

Leslie

Leslie challenges the fears derived from stigma and addresses the notion that we end up like our parents.

Cayla

Cayla shares a series of vignettes based on her experiences with depression. Hello?

Freddy

Freddy shares his story so we can better understand how he envisions recovery.

Josh

Josh shares his story of life with depression and the hope he has for better days ahead.

Katie

Katie has always been a writer. Listen as she shares a piece of her ongoing journey towards wellness.

Paolo

Paolo knows the best time to dance is 10:38 while doing the dishes. Join him on this dance as he shares an emotional piece.

Saley

Saley shares her “struggle analysis” and gives hope to those on their journey towards wellness.
Telling Tales from the class of 2017

Em

Em lets you peek into her diary as she reads letters to her younger self that describe the loss, self-harm, heartbreak, abuse, and hope she’s experienced.

Fallyn

Fallyn not only tells her story, she helps you feel it. Her story of emotional and physical abuse and loneliness is raw, unfiltered, and as real as it gets.

Kat

Kat takes you on a journey into the convoluted mental health care system and the isolation she endures while seeking recovery.
Sylvia

Sylvia wants to help others who may be struggling with anxiety feel less alone. Listen as she details a day in her life with anxiety as she works toward recovery.
Jess

Jess shares the heartbreak and the lessons she learned from letting someone close to her learn about her inner most secrets and mental health challenges.

Sam

Sam shares a little known story of trauma from the Sandy Hook tragedy and makes us think about how stigma deepens when mental illness is falsely portrayed in the media.
Jaime

Jaime didn’t have a choice in facing her trauma. A survivor of child abuse that resulted in a very public court battle, she shares her tale of PTSD, self-doubt, and her commitment to advocacy.
Kelsey

Kelsey is a poet who shares an introspective piece on substance abuse and the struggles of silencing the urge to “answer the call” of addiction.

mental health information and resources

Are you looking for information about mental health diagnoses, services or supports and don’t know where to turn? Contact MHC’s Information Line for the answers to your behavioral health questions. MHC’s toll-free number offers Connecticut residents information about support groups, mental health information, behavioral health services across the life span, crisis services, and other mental health resources that may be helpful as one travels along the path of recovery.

To access this free service, contact 1-800-842-1501 or information@mhconn.org. For a listing of local support groups, click here.

in the news

Watch a recent interview with WTNH News 8 about Write On! to learn more about this program.

about Janet Reynolds
Janet-ReynoldsJanet Reynolds is an award-winning writer and editor and former high school English teacher. Reynolds has created nine magazines and is an award-winning investigative journalist. As a seasoned editor and marketer who understands how to tell a story and how to get that story out to the world, she is currently writing a memoir about her family's journey with schizophrenia. She is also starting The Invisible Memoirs Project, a non-profit dedicated to helping the disenfranchised understand, tell and, when interested, share their stories. Reynolds holds a Masters in English Literature from Trinity College and lives in Canton, Connecticut with her family.

 

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