MHC’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.”
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.”
In April 2020, Mental Health America asked MHC to host a webinar on Write On!. Over 600 participants attended and the response was tremendous (see feedback below). To watch the webinar recording, 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
If you are interested in applying for a future Write On! class, please join our mailing list and Facebook group for updates on upcoming classes. Have questions? Contact Suzi Craig at: scraig[at]mhconn[dot]org.
For a visual representation of these stories, visit www.mhconn.org/telling-tales (each story is animated with transcription).
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!
“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
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 fall 2019 and spring 2020 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.
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.