Thanks to everyone that came out to University of Chicago tonight to see Release and Let Go - our performance dedicated to shining the light on how mental illness affects both those who live with these disorders as well as the people who love them.
Our audience was intimate. The room filled with a palpable silence. People leaned in to take in the power of the stories shared. We were so grateful for your presence.
As promised, I wanted to share with you some links that you may find helpful if you are searching for more information or assistance based on the stories we shared this evening.
1) www.namigc.org - National Alliance on Mental Illness - Greater Chicago - You can call them every day from 10 - 5 and get information on pretty much everything related to mental illness - 312.563.0445. Also check out their family to family education class. It's an amazing FREE way to learn about mental illness and how to be a supportive, empowered, and informed loved one.
2) www.awakeningcenter.net - The Awakening Center - a holistic outpatient treatment program for people with eating disorders and other mental health issues. The staff are super knowledgeable and come at this issue from a well-rounded perspective!
3) www.rapevictimadvocates.org - Rape Victims Advocates - offers FREE and CONFIDENTIAL counseling by professional counselors to survivors of sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, and incest as well as training for the community on prevention.
4) www.aaspi.blogspot.com - The Asian American Suicide Prevention Initiative - serves as a source of information and resources on Asian American Suicide as well as works to identify, develop, and implement culturally competent models for prevention, postvention, and intervention.
5) www.rainbow-house.org - Rainbow House - provides services, extends resources and offers programs designed to address the immediate needs of survivors of domestic violence as well as to assist women and children from all walks of life in all stages of recovery.
These are obviously just a few. I could go on for hours.
So feel free to check out our website at www.erasingthedistance.org and head to our mental health resources page for more. Also, feel free to write us here and let us know your questions. If we can direct you to more information and resources, we are happy to do so.
Thanks so much. We look forward to seeing folks at a show again soon.
Executive Artistic Director
Erasing the Distance