We live in a society that priorities strength and perfection. It can be hard to be honest about weakness. Seemingly the message is that more beautiful, presentable, perfect and together we can be – the better. Acknowledging the cracks, and allowing ourselves to be vulnerable is often a scary move.
And yet, the shiny, always-happy and got-it-together version of humanity is simply not real. We all go through hard times, have different struggles, face up to a variety of issues. That is what it is to be human. And yes, those times are hard but for many of us (and in keeping with great philosophical, psychological and religious traditions) these hard places are where we can find growth and a sense of strength.
For November’s Share Your Story we are making space for four people to share their journey of facing up to their own human vulnerability and mental health challenges, and how they have also come to find a sense of strength and growth out of the struggle.
Share Your Story is all about helping us to have meaningful conversations, to acknowledge what is too often unspoken in our culture and to help us move towards living good stories ourselves. We think this event will definitely tick all three of those boxes. We’re really excited about this event, and look forward to seeing you there.
Sharing on the evening will be Ellen Baldwin, Phil Yeoman, Marcus Pibworth and Rachel. Full speaker bios coming soon.
Ellen is the founder of Release Counselling & Therapy for Women- a community based counselling service in Brighton & Hove. Much of her motivation for supporting others comes from her own personal experiences of overcoming trauma and facing the challenges of her own emotional & mental health at different points in her life. She believes in the power of vulnerability to connect people to themselves and each other, to make us stronger, and to help us live more real lives.
"After a number of years of struggling to navigate depression and anxiety, Marcus decided he wanted to discover more about why he felt this way. He started a podcast, called Ministry of Change, and now spends his time traveling the country in his little red van, collecting and sharing stories about mental health and the highs and lows of how we are individually and collectively experiencing life. The project aims to help end stigma around issues affecting our mental health, to empower people to talk about the challenging moments in their lives and to explore the transformational power of vulnerability."
Rachel is a teacher who works and lives in Brighton as well as managing a literacy project in Malawi. She has a passion for helping others and a huge zest for life.
Rachel will be talking about her journey into, through and out of anorexia many years ago. She reflects on possible contributing factors, the experience itself and the strength she has found in and since her recovery. Rachel intends her story to help others understand some of the issues surrounding mental health, as well as to inspire hope.
Share Your Story is a social enterprise - all money from ticket sales are re-invested back towards the project. If you would like to come but cannot afford the ticket cost, please just send us an email to let us know.
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