Last February, Jed Foundation flew me out to Brooklyn, NY to take part in an evening of storytelling with Clinton Foundation & The Moth at Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness. The trip consisted of two days of workshops with The Moth staff to help craft the story and deliver it in a very “Moth-like” fashion. It was an amazing experience full of learning, love and tears as 12 of us grew closer through storytelling in the midst of a very cold few days in New York.
In congruence with May’s Mental Health Awareness Month, Jed Foundation has begun to release the videos over the course of this month. The video above highlights the speakers involved in this amazing program followed by a playlist of all the speakers. If you have the time, I highly recommend watching through them all as the stories are absolutely amazing and highlight those affected by mental health issues working through them to achieve life changing results. It is inspirational, heart-wrenching, loving and absolutely worth your time.
If you only have a few minutes, I’ve included my portion of the evening below. I shared a story of how my grandfather’s passing led to the creation of Yerman in the face of life-altering depression. Many of you are already familiar with the story of how my character was founded, but this talk delves into the story a bit deeper than I’ve shared elsewhere.