MHC’s Write On! program is designed for individuals who want to find their voice and share their truth through the healing power of writing and storytelling. 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.The University of Hartford’s Center for Social Research, known for its interdisciplinary expertise and its mission of strengthening communities through research, recently studied the Write On! program. According to the study’s findings, “Self-stigma undermines the recovery process. Interventions targeting self-stigmatizing beliefs can potentially break the chain of negative events. The Write On! Workshop, hosted by Mental Health Connecticut, is one such intervention.”
March 8 – April 26, 2021: Applications are currently closed for the spring 2021 classes. This workshop will be held virtually and will include a “live” reading and performance in May 2021. Pending restrictions at the time, this reading may be in-person or virtual. Each class will take place on Monday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. via Zoom.
If you are interested in customizing Write On! or “Discovering Your Inner Writer” for your educational program or organization, contact Suzi Craig at: scraig[at]mhconn[dot]org. You can also join our mailing list and Facebook group for updates on upcoming classes.
during the 2020 pandemic…
MHC pivoted the Write On! program to accommodate for virtual learning. We have expanded the program within MHC to increase access to program participants living in MHC’s residential programs across the state. We have also created a new, online course called “Discovering Your Inner Writer.” The course is 6 videos and is designed for mental health professionals and educators to learn how to build a writing practice and gain its healing benefits for their own wellbeing and for others.
MHC also offers custom Write On! webinars and workshops. To watch the workshop MHC created for Mental Health America (over 600 participants attended), click on this link: “Writing Through Lived Experience: Writing to Support Your Mental Health Journey”
“I sent the information about this webinar to my caregiver support group participants and some other individuals. I have gotten more thank yous from those who attended this than just about anything I have sent for them to participate in. Most of them are separated from their family member(s) at the moment or feel like they are losing them anyway to some form of dementia. I just wanted to thank you again for sponsoring such a wonderful webinar and kudos to your presenters,” Sharon Deboever, Virginia State Dept. of Social Services.
For a visual representation of these stories, visit www.mhconn.org/telling-tales (each story is animated with transcription).
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.
thank you to our sponsors!
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, and ConnectiCare.