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'This Is My Brave': People take the stage to share their stories of mental illness

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It's a subject many people don't like to talk about. But a small group of regular people are bravely speaking about their mental illness.

Some will talk. Some will sing. All will reveal piece of themselves on stage as they work to educate us all about the sensitive topic.

Ruthie Parrot was only 13 years old when a doctor diagnosed her with depression.

“I had tried to commit suicide and I was hospitalized,” she said.

On Sunday, Ruthie will stand on a stage and talk and sing about her mental illness. She is part of a show called “This Is My Brave” created by two Loudoun County moms. Both have struggled with mental illness.

“The way I describe depression is it's like an elephant on you, and even if you knew that the cure was across the room, you could not get up to walk across the room to get the cure,” said Anne Marie Ames, the show’s Associate Producer. “It's that challenging.”

Kevin Earley has bipolar disorder. He has written a rap he hopes will help others understand mental illness.

“They fear what they don't understand and when they think of mental illness, they think of some guy stockpiling weapons and going on a shooting spree,” he said. “Part of the reason we're doing the show is to sort of humanize mental illness and give it a face.”

He sings to the victims of violence linked to mental illness.

Earley raps: “The families, I don't know what you're going through, but my heart goes out to you because they know not what they do. We need to talk about it from a unique point of view. As a society, these issues seem to divide us in two. How would you feel if these are the cards that were dealt? It's easier to get a gun than proper mental health.”

But the show is designed to give hope.

“They've gone through the struggle and they've come out on the other side and they want to inspire people that they can do the same thing,” said Jennifer Killi Marshall, the show’s creator and producer.



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