Through storytelling, we can all find common ground. New this month, Stories from the Stage: The Podcast offers fresh episodes of inspiring stories about finding your one and only, feeling out of place and more, and more films showcase the diversity of our world and how connection and empathy move us forward. Watch, listen and learn from films and stories that work to make a difference and find the commonalities we all share.
Over two years since COVID-19, residual stress, lifestyle changes and “long COVID” continue to impact us, but what this has created are open, honest discussions around mental health and well-being in a country where support and resources are still inadequate. BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month brings forth a necessary consciousness of what more can be done for all communities of color who have historically been left out of the system.
Afghanistan has fought for sovereignty since long before American interest and interference. Through four films narrated by "The Kite Runner" author Khaled Hosseini, Afghanistan: The Wounded Land creates an opportunity to learn about Afghanistan’s history, understand the struggles of others who are not unlike ourselves, and build a more peaceful and prosperous global future.
Filmmaker Margaret Byrne follows three formerly incarcerated Chicagoans as they manage their respective mental illnesses while searching for stability in their families, friendships, jobs and housing. While documenting the challenges that are faced at the intersections of a punitive carceral system, poverty and substance use, Byrne reckons with her own history of mental illness.
The series, DECOLONIZING MENTAL HEALTH, dismantles the racism that underscores the mental healthcare industry. By focusing its gaze on the transformative work of therapists and individuals of color, it calls for a redressal of the ways in which we define psychiatric illness and health.