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UPDATE: They call it mental ILLNESS for a reason


As part of Mental Health Month, local non-profit Where Is the Sunshine? produced “This Is My Brave,” an event dedicated to ending mental illness stigma through storytelling.

Anyone who knows me knows I struggle with depression (among other things) and am not ashamed to talk—or blog—about it.

If you missed my speech, here it is in its entirety. 

FUN FACT: Since I spoke at this event, I have been diagnosed with ADHD. Watching the video, this should come as no surprise to anyone.



UPDATE: Where Is the Sunshine?  and I Still Matter are co-hosting a unique event called Mosaic 2018. Billed as an “interactive and inspiring gathering”  to raise awareness of mental health issues and raise funds for the establishment of TheStudio:Jax. The studio will be Jacksonville’s first supportive arts center to offer fine arts education and skills training that encourage entrepreneurship, along with provide wellness and recovery training, mental health education and support groups for artists, creatives and makers living with mental health challenges.

The event features a live and in-person interview with WJCT’s “First Coast Connect” host/producer Melissa Ross and award-winning writer and “Selfie Queen of Jacksonville” Kerry Speckman (that’s me!).  Mosaic also includes food & drink, inspiring entertainment by spoken word poet A.C. Minor and music by Stacey Bennett by Folk is People, interactive art activities and the launch for our TheStudio:JAX concept.

Mosaic will be a beautiful Spring rooftop event held at the Museum of Science and History and emceed by Jacksonville’s beloved Robert “Bob” White. A self-tour of the museum’s current event “Science Fiction, Science Future” is included in the ticket price.

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased here.

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1 Comment

  • Thom McGuire says:

    Thank you! I can relate to almost all of what you are going through. The hopelessness, emptiness, lack of focus, persistent tiredness and sleeping, and of course, the suicidal stuff. I have found a way to cope, and occasionally excel without medication (which tends to cost money). Though having to fight the State for custody of my son for now over a year and a half (with no end in sight, it seems likely this will go into a second year) has not really helped in that regard.
    I am Thom on the Westside. Perhaps you’ve heard my voice on the radio.

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