Mental Health Connecticut (MHC) is helping emerging writers find their voice and write their truth as mental health advocates. MHC works with young adult writers, ages 18-28, who are diagnosed with a mental health condition and/or substance use disorder and who want to become powerful storytellers and self-advocates.“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
We are proud to share the work from our young adult writers. Click each video below to hear the “Telling Tales” from eight of our talented program participants. Audio only files can be found below the videos.
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 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 takes you on a journey into the convoluted mental health care system and the isolation she endures while seeking recovery.
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 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 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 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 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.
about Janet Reynolds
Janet 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.
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 host a fall session. 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!
thank you to our sponsors and donors!
MHC’s Write On! program is made possible thanks to Liberty Bank, Flagg Road United Church of Christ Congregational, the generous funding from individual donations provided through The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and our friends at Sea Tea Improv and NAMI Farmington Valley-CT.
about mental health
Mental health and wellness are integral to whole health. However, it is not uncommon for people to experience times in their lives or in the lives of their loved ones when optimal mental health is unattainable. In fact, one in four people will experience a mental illness sometime during their life.
Assist with administrative tasks and external correspondence designed to educate the community about mental health issues, as well as other volunteer positions at our organization.