Authors: Tim Daly
Event: 2018 TheMHS Conference
Subject: This Is My Brave Australia Inc. breaking the stigma surrounding mental illness one story at a time.
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: This Is My Brave Australia is an Incorporated Association and an ACNC registered charity who, through our live theatre shows, website, Facebook pages and YouTube channel, help give voice to others in the community who may be isolated through mental illness, sickness or disadvantage suffered by themselves or a loved one. A TIMBA show is not cast from experienced story tellers. The cast is drawn from members of your community. Anybody is welcome to tell their story in a TIMBA show. A TIMBA show is authentic lived experience of peoples own stories told in a raw and honest way. It is an opportunity for those who may feel like just another statistic within the system, to be heard. TIMBA is a safe and comforting environment where not only the producers offer support but the collective cast create a bond of understanding and acceptance. Story telling allows our brain to put together thoughts, through the act of writing a story, that are fragmented and disconnected due to a disjointed internal dialogue, into a more linear progression which aligns better with our own values which can help draw meaning from our experiences and help make it easier to plan a way forward.