Mental Health Connecticut (MHC) is helping emerging writers find their voice and write their truth as mental health advocates. In the spring of 2017, MHC taught 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. This program is made possible thanks to the University of Saint Joseph, the generous funding from individual donations provided through The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and Uber.
Write On! instructor Janet Reynolds is a seasoned publisher and English teacher who is currently writing a memoir about her family’s journey with schizophrenia.
Our spring class ended on April 27, 2017. If you would like to be updated with similar, upcoming opportunities, please contact Suzi Craig at SCraig@mhconn.org and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mhconn.
Write On! showcase
Students from the spring 2017 class will present 3 public and 1 private showcase during the month of May in celebration of Mental Health Month.
- May 4, 2017 – Private event, open to family and friends of the students only
- May 7, 2017, 9:00 – 12 noon – MHC’s Mental Health Awareness Walk & Fair, Berlin Fairgrounds
- May 16, 2017 – CT Youth Forum’s Violence in Our Lives Project, Private event
- May 31, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., RIPPLE: Mental Health and Addiction Open Mic Night, Sarah’s Coffee House, 257 Asylum Street, Hartford, CT
- Learn from the best! Our instructor, Janet Reynolds, has a Masters in English, is an award-winning writer and editor, is a former high school English teacher and is currently writing a memoir with her son about their family’s journey with schizophrenia
- 20+ hours of writing instruction that will improve your talents as a writer in a safe and welcoming environment with peers and an instructor who understand the challenges of living with a mental health condition
- Immersive, private seminar with Sea Tea Improv in Hartford to improve public speaking skills and increase your comfort level of being in front of crowds
- Help other people to get help by participating in an exciting public awareness campaign
- Opportunities and networking for your work and your talents as a writer and advocate
- ASL or other language interpretation is provided at no cost to you
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.
thank you to our sponsors!
MHC’s Write On! program is made possible thanks to the University of Saint Joseph, the generous funding from individual donations provided through The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and Uber.
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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.