LISTEN: Advocating for #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth through Art. Teri talks to Emily and Amber about making a difference in a special way

An interview with UpStage Stigma Organizer Emily Erwin-Frank and Performer Amber Sebastian

May 8, 2018
LISTEN:  #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth

May is #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth, and there are events throughout our area to help all of us find a better way to talk about mental health. 

And we NEED to talk about it, especially when you consider the current statistics:  one-in-five Americans will be affected by a mental health condition. It can lead to those affected choosing to not be open about it, and feeling ashamed or fearful, living with their issues in silence, rather than seeking help and treatment. I've learned about this first-hand after a friend's husband killed her and their child, then killed himself. The thought that he may need assistance in working through his mental health was continuously brushed aside, until it was too late.

Two area women are working hard to make a difference through an event called "Upstage Stigma." The show focuses on various art forms as a way to share each performers experience with mental health. Show Organizer Emily Erwin-Frank, along with Show Host and Performer Amber Sebastian, recently joined me in-studio to talk about it. Hope you will listen to the interview, below, which first aired as part of our Weekend Perspective program last Sunday. Emily tells us how this type of event works, and Amber shares a peek into what you can expect if you attend the show. Find more info about it, here.