What is behind the persistent stigma of mental illness and mental health care?

Catholic Charities is partnering with several other organizations and the Stoop Storytelling Series to present “Out of Stigma’s Shadow: True, personal stories about mental health, mental illness, and the mysteries inside our heads” on Tuesday, May 21st at the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation.

Catholic Charities is involved because we provide mental and behavioral health services across the state, in communities, schools and clinics. 

What’s your story?

For the show, we’re seeking seven storytellers to share a true, personal tale about the challenges, surprises, struggles and triumphs of mental health experiences like depression, suicide, bipolar disorder, substance use disorder, trauma, or anxiety. Stories should be about seven minutes long.  

Stories can be from anyone who has experienced or been impacted by mental illness. The stories can be funny, sad, serious — as long as they’re true.

Got a tale to share? Submit it here by March 29. Submissions will be reviewed and selected storytellers will receive in-person story coaching from The Stoop producers.

We are proud to partner with Jewish Community Services, Behavioral Health Systems Baltimore, MedStar Health, Baltimore Jewish Council, Maryland Faith Health Network, and NAMI Metro Baltimore for this powerful event. 

Don’t want to share a story, but want to listen and learn? Join us on May 21.