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According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 5 adults in America experience a mental illness. That’s 43.8 million adults in a given year. Yet the stigma of mental illness somehow remains, leading many to live with their condition in shame and silence. The “Writing Away the Stigma” program was started in 2013 to address this problem by giving people who suffer with mental illness the opportunity to write about how mental illness has affected their lives:

It combines a series of free writing workshops and fellowships, a funded editorial fellowship, and four public readings and events designed to help demonstrate that true stories can counteract the dangerous and shameful stigma surrounding mental illness.

The goal of Writing Away the Stigma is to help the participants make a statement, showing the world (and, perhaps, themselves, too) that there is no shame in their experiences, and that people who suffer from mental illness can also survive and prosper, emotionally and professionally.

The program is led by Creative Nonfiction founder and editor Lee Gutkind.

The first of these free workshops will take place on Sunday, January 24th. Seating is limited and only attendees who have registered are guaranteed a seat, so if you’re interested, signup now!

“Writing Away the Stigma” Writing Workshop
When: Sunday, January 24, 2016. Time: 3:30 p.m. check-in; event begins at 4 p.m. A reception with light appetizers and drinks will follow, from 6 p.m.-7 p.m.
Where: Winchester Thurston School, 555 Morewood Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (Shadyside)
Cost: Free!
Registration: Here (Mandatory)
Additional Info: Here

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