Vicarious Resilience seeks to raise awareness and amplify the voices of those who have inspiring stories to share about living with mental illness in the Hudson Valley and throughout the United States. We aim to provide audiences the opportunity to listen, expand their awareness, and eradicate stigma around mental illness so all those who are living with mental illness are free to share their truth. Our hope is the film will inspire mental health professionals to incorporate our true storytelling methodology into their group work and private practice.
The documentary follows three Hudson Valley residents over the course of a 10-week TMI Project storytelling workshop presented at The Mental Health Association in Ulster County (MHA). Along the way, the participants 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.
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.