Storytelling is a powerful way to heal hearts and change minds.Mental Health Connecticut’s Write On! program is designed for individuals who want to find their voice and share their truth. Participants leave Write On! with advanced writing and storytelling skills, new ways to cope during times of emotional distress, and the confidence to share their story in a way that demystifies mental illness and ends stigma in their community.Participants also work with the award-winning team at SeaTea Improv to gain confidence and improve public speaking skills. Some stories are recorded and produced for the Write On! podcast, “Telling Tales” (see below).
MHC will host 2 classes in the spring of 2020 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 and at ConnectiCare in Manchester, CT on Tuesday evenings (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.) from February 18 – April 7, 2020. Applications for the New Haven class will end at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 17, 2020. Applications for the Manchester class will end at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 6, 2020.Click one of the below buttons to apply today to the location of your choice. PLEASE NOTE: each class is limited to a maximum of 15 and will only be held if a minimum of 10 students apply and are accepted.
If you are interested in applying for a future Write On! class, please join our mailing list for updates on upcoming classes.
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 the support of Mental Health Connecticut’s individual donors, Bank of America Charitable Gift Fund – General Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, the Greater Hartford Arts Council, Jiffy Journal, and our host sponsors, Free Center, ConnectiCare, and Gateway Community College’s Wellness Center.
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!
Sara shares her #metoo story in a powerful spoken word piece.
Kim shares her struggles with addition and the scars you collect when living with a mental health condition.
Justin shares his personal journey with living with Schizophrenia.
Deidre shares how her faith has helped her in her mental health journey.
Meredith shares what she wishes people knew about mental illness.
Jamie shares a love story and what it’s like to be “on both sides of the rope” while having bipolar.
Riffat shares his thought provoking questions and mental health struggles.
Ketih shares what it’s like living with anxiety and depression and how others can be an ally to him and those like him.
Lauren shares the raw and emotional story of the impact her father’s past has on her mental health.
Sara shares an intimate look at 9 days inside a psychiatric ward.
Leslie challenges the fears derived from stigma and addresses the notion that we end up like our parents.
Cayla shares a series of vignettes based on her experiences with depression. Hello?
Freddy shares his story so we can better understand how he envisions recovery.
Josh shares his story of life with depression and the hope he has for better days ahead.
Katie has always been a writer. Listen as she shares a piece of her ongoing journey towards wellness.
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 shares her “struggle analysis” and gives hope to those on their journey towards wellness.
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.
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.
Watch a recent interview with WTNH News 8 about Write On! to learn more about this program.
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.
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.