This is a Bonus Episode for Season One of The TMI Project Podcast, Tragedy + Time = Comedy. It was created to celebrate the May 1st, 2020 online release of Vicarious Resilience. This episode was produced by Hayley Downs in partnership with Radio Kingson.
The docu-short Vicarious Resilience follows three Hudson Valley residents over the course of a 10-week TMI Project true storytelling workshop held in partnership with The Mental Health Association in Ulster County (MHA) as they experience the transformative power of true storytelling; they face mental illness, childhood neglect, and addiction head-on; and, ultimately, share deeply personal stories about love, loss, and triumph. In this bonus episode, we share all ten stories that came out of the workshop.
Since 2012, twice a year, TMI Project has offered 10-week memoir writing and true storytelling workshops specially tailored to meet the needs of MHA's population of adults with mental illness. Our partnership with this peer-based organization–where a portion of the staff are people who have recovered from mental illness–is designed to help destigmatize mental illness, while also empowering participants to imagine and work toward the possibility of their own recovery.
The documentary was shot by North Guild Films and premiered locally at The Rosendale Theater on May 29th, 2018.