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One in FOUR people per year will suffer from a mental health issue. That is in just one year, not a lifetime, and yet we are still afraid to talk about it. There is still shame in having a mental health issue and tremendous misunderstanding about mental illness, the struggle, and the solution. "Our mission is to use the performing arts as a forum to stimulate social change with a focus on Mental Illness, it's issues, and the stigmas around it"
Unmasked uses performing arts and social media to stop the stigma around Mental Illness and start the conversation. We strive to give those who suffer a voice, let those know who are suffering that they are not alone, and give those with lesser understanding of such issues better understanding and create greater compassion and empathy around mental illness.
We do this by through several means including 1)social media 2)theatre, 3)outreach to schools oand other communities 4)community and healing through the performing arts.
We plan to build a great artistic and administrative team to work with to continue this mission and to create innovative artistic performance works as we grow in presence and prowess.
We plan on creating conversations on social media and through live and internet broadcast discussion forums, through original stage performances based on stories of those who have suffered or exploring issues surrounding mental illness, or even created by those who have suffered, to bring discussions and performances to schools, particularly high school and middle schools where adolescents often suffer in sience or don't undestand the issues that they have and feel isolated, creating groups for those that have struggled or who are currently struggling where they can use the arts as a way to express themselves amongh others with similar experiences (creating a sense of community versus isolation), sometimes with the support of art therapists, or guided expressive arts.
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