Piece of Mind: Performances Addressing Mental Illness and Its Stigma

Piece of Mind is a collaboration between the Division of Student Affairs and Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine. It features Department of Drama students performing pieces based on interviews with community members directly and/or indirectly affected by mental illness.

After the performance, a diverse panel will reflect on the performances and discusses local resources available to address mental illness. Panel members will include Irvine City Council member Beth Krom, NAMI OC President Steve Pitman, and UCI professors Dr. Virginia Mann and Dr. Robert Moeller.

For the Drama Department students, this project is designed to help them think creatively and critically about their own identities as individuals and artists, and how they fit into the larger picture of American society.

For the volunteers, we hope that the opportunity to tell their story of managing mental illness allows them to feel heard, and drop the veil of silence and shame that often accompanies these issues.

Audience members – UC Irvine faculty, staff, and students; community partners; and students, parents, and administrators from local colleges and universities – are invited to explore issues around stigma and “invisible” mental health challenges affecting people within their own communities. Our intention is to use the medium of theater not only to entertain, but to educate about the diverse experiences of mental illness, and provide information about treatment options and pathways to hope.

Venue

Little Theatre, Humanities Hall, UC Irvine

161 Humanities Hall Irvine, CA 92697

http://www.arts.uci.edu/venue/little-theatre

Organizer

UCI Wellness, Health & Counseling Services

Phone: (949) 824-4642

http://www.whcs.uci.edu

[email protected]

Cost

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Parking at the UCI campus is $2/hour up to $10 for a full-day permit.

Due to limited seating, reservations are required: http://bit.ly/UCIPieceofMind

Event Website

http://bit.ly/PieceofMind2015