I went to see the Davidson Community Players, Ordinary People, last Sunday afternoon. The actors did a wonderful job pulling out and weaving in pertinent mental health themes: anxiety, depression, suicide, disassociation, post-traumatic stress disorder, and others. But more than that, the characters depicted relationships, or lack of relationships, that sometimes result when mental illness is present. We know that connection is what makes us human; authenticity is what draws us to one another. It seems to me that in the original book by Judith Guest, in the 1980 movie and now the play, one of the most striking aspects to me is the alone-ness within which each of the main characters exist. In her book, The Places the Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times, Pema Chodron says, “Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.” So true.
Thank you to Davidson Community Players for tackling such intense subjects; subjects we are dealing with in our community every day (like every community). Take a look at this article, which appeared in the Charlotte Observer March 8, 2015 Theater Group Interacts With the Audience. Tickets are still available for showings this weekend. Go to Davidson Community Players.
QPR Tomorrow Night!
QPR training provides three simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. The next session of QPR is tomorrow night, March 12, 6:30-8:00 pm at the Davidson Parks and Rec center.
Sign up! For more information and to register, please click here and look for “QPR” in the program section, or contact Leslie Willis at 704-940-9609. For more information about the training, This training is appropriate for those in high school and older. There is no cost associated.
In the News
Curt Schilling, great baseball pitcher for the Boston Red Sox has had his share of pain. Since retiring from baseball, he’s fought back from a heart attack and from cancer. But the fight against cyber-cruelty against his daughter makes him a real star in my book. Curt Schilling Goes to Bat For His Daughter
This young woman, Elise Jamison, describes depression in a way each of us can understand. At such a young age, dealing with such a difficult hand, she will help so many. Talk to your children about whether they know anyone who has depression; read This is What Depression Looks Like first.
Interesting video by Dr. Stan Kutcher from Teen Mental Health Mental Health Literacy
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