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The mission of Untold Strength is to raise awareness in our communities about suicide and mental illness. Our goal is to help neighbors, friends and family find the strength to speak out about their pain and struggle. We want to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness and help those who are suffering. We believe that by bringing people together, advocating for change, educating the public and opening a dialogue about anxiety, depression, PTSD and suicide, that together we can end the silence.

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CALL FOR AUDITIONS……….

We are seeking amateur storytellers, poets and musicians who have been affected by mental illness—either their own or a loved one—to audition for the fall storytelling event. Auditions will be held August 5, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and August 14, 4-7:30 p.m., at Auburn Public Library, 49 Spring St, Auburn, Maine. Storytellers must sign up to reserve their audition spot here.

The This is My Brave: Lewiston storytelling show will be held Sunday, Nov. 5, at 3 p.m. at the Franco Center, 46 Cedar St, Lewiston, Maine.

Each essay, music or poem must not exceed five minutes in length. The Show has a PG-13 rating due to the nature of topics covered. Inappropriate language may need to be edited. Visit the ThisIsMyBrave YouTube channel for inspiration.

We are bringing an amazing event to Maine this year. This is My Brave:  The Show is an International performance seen in major cities like NYC, Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles, Napa Valley and many more. Check out their YouTube channel HERE. Read an article from Oprah’s O Magazine HERE. This is My Brave is being recognized as a life changing performance. Read more Press coverage HERE. From Postpartum Depression to PTSD, Anxiety, BiPolar and Depression, we all know someone who has been affected by mental illness. “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” — Helen Keller 

Read more about the Founders of This is My Brave HERE.

 

Mental illness refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviors.

Many people have mental health concerns from time to time. But a mental health concern becomes a mental illness when ongoing signs and symptoms cause frequent stress and affect your ability to function.

Suicide is everyone’s business

  • On average, one person dies by suicide approximately every 36 hours in the State of Maine
  • For every 100,000 teenagers, there are approximately 13 teen suicides in the United States and 17 teen suicides in the State of Maine
  • Every day there are approximately 15 teen suicides across the United States. Maine loses 1 teen to suicide approximately every 3 weeks
  • Every 12 minutes, someone dies by suicide in the United States
  • Every Suicide leaves behind an average of 28 Survivors. With approximately 43,000 Americans lost to suicide each year, this means there are over 1.2 Million left behind to struggle through the after effects every year.
  • Survivors include family members, classmates, friends, co-workers and neighbors.
  • These survivors often feel guilt, anguish, shame, blame, abandonment…..some experience P.T.S.D. and others eventually end their own life – it’s a domino effect.