On October 25, 2011 a very special event will take place here in Asheville. We invite you to join us.
Tracey Turner, NAMI Western Carolina board member, will present THE EMOTION PROJECT. Here is Tracey’s own description of the Project:
“It is a powerful, dimensional presentation, often causing tears and, almost always, causing the audience to reflect on their own emotions and circumstances in their lives.
I give a talk about my history with alcoholism and mental illness, how the two intertwine and how they have impacted success and dire failure in my life. I then move on to individual stuffed and embellished bears which represent a specific emotion, expressed entirely as mine but leaving and encouraging room for the audience’s interpretation of their reflected emotions. The bears are not teddy bears but rage, joy, grief, self love and other emotions. There are 32 bears in the Project. In the end, it is a story of more success than failure. Maintained mental health versus untreated mental illness. It is a story of recovery.”
Tracey has presented at NAMI North Carolina, the National Crisis Intervention Training Conference (CIT), local colleges and at various NAMI affiliates.
“Not only do I identify with my son’s emotions and have a more intense understanding, I discovered some of my emotions. Your presentation is dynamic!” – NAMI member and parent of a child with mental illness
“I consider The Emotion Project to be one of the most powerful presentations on any subject I’ve ever attended. In fact, I was so impressed that, in my capacity as director of communications at A-B Tech, I arranged for her to present it at our college. Like Tracey’s, my connection to mental illness is a long-standing and personal one. In 1986, my brother, then 22, committed suicide after suffering from schizophrenia for six years. Those six years were among the most traumatic of my life, and although it makes me ashamed to admit, among the times when I have shown the least understanding to another human being. How I could have benefited from the insight I gained through Tracey’s presentation!” Mona Cornwell
Please join us on Tuesday, October 25 , 6 – 7 pm at the Mountain Area Health Education Center’s (MAHEC) new facility at 121 Hendersonville Road behind the Doubletree Hotel and TGIF’s. Requested donation: $10. A light buffet will follow. For more details, call 828-505-7353, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to The Emotion Project website at www.theemotionproject.org.