Inside Our Minds builds collective community narratives on mental health and mental illness in Pittsburgh. Through anonymous storytelling and personal narratives, Inside Our Minds works to reduce stigma by asking individuals to view mental illness through the written, verbal, and performative experiences of other Pittsburghers. Inside Our Minds serves the Pittsburgh region through person-focused, community-based programming:
Anonymous Open Mic, a project supported in part by a Seed Award from The Sprout Fund, is a storytelling project working to build a community narrative around mental illness in Pittsburgh. Pittsburghers affected by mental illness can submit a short story, poem, or spoken word piece anonymously online. Community members can then volunteer to perform the anonymous works in front of a live audience on behalf of the anonymous storytellers.
The Mental Illness Spotlight, a project supported in part by a Seed Award from The Sprout Fund, is a podcast that fights the stigma of mental illness by featuring the stories of people with various mental health diagnoses. The podcast participants will share their experiences, discuss treatments & symptoms, take listener questions, and debunk stereotypes in order to educate community members about mental illness.
Mental Health Cafe is a monthly community conversation on mental health and mental illness over coffee and treats. The event will focus on informal discussions and friendly peer support in a welcoming space for all.
Learn more at www.insideourminds.org