Artists with Mental Health Histories Share at ArtHop

"Object of Desire" by Greg Moll

We believe it’s time for Shasta County to talk.

Silence can hurt and stop people from getting the help they need. This is never more true than with the stigma of mental illness and the prevalence of suicide in our community.

In recent years, an average of 38 Shasta County residents died by suicide each year, and hundreds more are left to cope with the aftermath of these losses.

Many of these suicide victims and survivors are among the more than 1 in 5 people who struggle with mental health problems.

Unfortunately, these subjects are often taboo, which means people are left to suffer in silence.

We are people who have struggled with mental health challenges, but we are also artists. We are your friends and your neighbors.

We shared our art and our stories for this exhibit so we could start a conversation.

Once we start talking, we can start healing.

What: True Colors Art Gallery at Second Saturday ArtHop
When: Saturday, Sept. 10, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Eddy’s Grill, 2151 Market St., Redding, CA 96001

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5 Responses

  1. Avatar rmv says:

    Thank You Eddies Grill!! 🙂

    THANK YOU "TRUE COLORS"!

    This IS a wonderful thing!! 🙂 🙂

  2. Avatar 2R's says:

    "Once we start talking, we can start healing."

    Well Done..

    We are not Alone..This Is CommUNITY.

    ~In Blessings,Thank you for the effort here True colors,Eddy's grill, News Cafe…etc

  3. Avatar Cheri says:

    Thank you Eddy's Grill and to artists. Be.U.ti. FULL.

    Here is a poem from a woman who used her years of depression to fuel her creativity and healing…I cried when I read it……

    Stephanie June Sorrell

    ~MAY I EVER BE THANKFUL~

    May my heart be too full of love to allow

    fear & judgement admission.

    Instead of feeling inadequate,

    may I bear my lantern with pride.

    Out of my inner pain, may I learn

    to touch my fellow creatures with

    healing fingers of compassion and understanding.

    May the silent tears I have shed cleanse me

    of all bitterness

    Oh-Nameless One

    Whose breath colours the dawn

    and whose music spins liquid chords

    across the most desolate heart.

    May I ever be thankful.

  4. Avatar Mimi Moseley says:

    As a suicide survivor (two times) I know the devastation suicide leaves. So thankful y'all are bringing light to this painful darkness.

  5. Avatar 2R's says:

    Awarness Matters..Thank you both and News Cafe,for Sharing this Inpiration..