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About: The Connection Project Documentary

I’m currently working with the Connection Project Family to create a documentary about our inaugural event; the experiences had by participants and audience members, as well as what connection might mean for mental health. This documentary will be available on YouTube January 2019.

About: The Connection Project October 2018 Event

After this incredibly difficult winter, perhaps the hardest in my whole life, I’ve come to a new awareness and understanding about my own experience with mental illness. I’ve discovered I must talk about it, and in talking about it, honor all versions of myself; at all ages, in any emotion, encompassing all inner judgments of self. There is always a space for compassion, there is always a space to love a little deeper.

Since I was 15, I’ve struggled to manage anxiety and depression. At 23, I spent time in a psychiatric ward because of a breakdown, complete with hallucinations, thoughts of suicide and self-harm. During this time, I found my ‘rock bottom.’ I met myself in a despair unlike any other.

I want to share how I made my way back from that very lonely place. I realize the many gifts that have come my way because of this experience, and most importantly, that I must share my story, to know that I am not alone.

The Connection Project is an event inspired by all of this. The event will showcase several perspectives told through visual and performing art, spoken word and poetry. Inspired by the idea that through sharing and connecting with one another, through telling our stories, we are better off as individuals, as families, and as communities. I invite you to come and explore some incredible storytelling. It is my deeply held hope that this event will illuminate our collective journey toward an expanded awareness of our minds.

With Love,

Emily