Mental Health Connecticut (MHC) is helping emerging writers find their voice and write their truth. MHC works 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 also work with the award-winning team at SeaTea Improv to gain confidence and improve public speaking skills.
To apply, complete the Write On! online application by February 22, 2019. Writers accepted into the class will be notified prior to February 28th. Class size is limited to 15 writers per class.
For 2019, we are excited to announce that we will run two classes as follows:
Class 1: Wednesday evenings: 6-8pm from March 6th – May 1st; class will be held at ConnectiCare, near Buckland Hills Mall, Manchester, CT
Class 2: Thursday evenings: 6-8pm from March 7th – May 2nd; class will be held at Flagg Road Church, 134 Flagg Rd., West Hartford, CT
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
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.
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!
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.