Looking for Stories of Resilience for a Special Community Show

Have you ever felt compelled to share your resilience story - the story of your journey to overcoming, feeling vulnerable, or recovery from mental health struggles, substance use, or community violence exposure?  It’s the story that so many people have told you could help others.  Mecklenburg County Public Health’s team at the Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma (ReCAST II) and the Office of Violence Prevention (OVP) are collaborating on a performance project called This is My Brave CharMeck 2024 (TIMB Char/Meck 2024). “Every story of resilience can be powerful. We are looking for residents who want to tell their story on the stage,” said Ebony Rao, Mecklenburg County Public Health manager. “We will be holding auditions for these special shows, and I hope those who want to share and help others in this way, will come out.”

Individuals are invited to share their story in five minutes or less and be a part of a powerful movement through a show that raises awareness for mental illness and community violence. 
Auditions for the show are July 10-13
Register online

Save The Date: Location TBA
Youth Show (13-21): Sept. 28, 2-3:30 p.m.
Adult Mental Health Show: Sept. 27, 7-8:30 p.m.
Adult Community Violence Show: Sept. 28, 7-8:30 p.m.

This Is My Brave (TIMB) is a national nonprofit helping communities create shows that bring awareness to mental health, substance use, and the hope of recovery. Individuals with lived experience share their stories of hope on a live stage through artistic expression such as essay reading, spoken word poetry, original music, dance, and other creative methods. The show founders say the show is designed to end the stigma of mental illness one story at a time.

Watch this short video about TIMB.