Rex Butler is living proof of author Mary Pipher’s words: “Life itself assigns us our causes.”
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If you’ve read Living Proof, you know that WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease has long been an important part of our work.
Living Proof received a lovely shout-out from the National Association of Community Health Centers this week.
It’s National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Read this story from Zach Fincher, a teen advocate who attended a workshop we conducted recently for the National Safety Council. It’s one of the moving stories featured this month in this blog by Laura Carney, another dedicated advocate sharing her story to make a difference.
A guest post from Jen Tuder, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. Her solo performance, Suicide Punchline, maps her experience of surviving her father’s loss to suicide. She has toured the show from San Francisco to Philadelphia.
Telling stories to advocate for social change is a compelling method of persuasion. Advocates use their personal stories as evidence. They use the peculiar influence of the “true story” to move audiences to take action. But like any powerful tool, advocacy stories can be used for good or for ill.
We really like this short video created by the In Your Words Project, a partnership of Western University – Canada and Mind Your Mind. The 10 Tips are guidelines that support youth in the process of telling their stories about living with a mental illness.
This is a wonderful 8-minute interview by Andrea Dukakis (audio with text excerpts) with Tom Mauser, whose son was killed at Columbine.
“Pointing to the Positive” is one of the five qualities of a well-told advocacy story we explore in Living Proof and in our advocacy workshops. Mental health advocate Gayathri Ramprasad recently provided a powerful example of this essential quality in her TEDx talk, “Be the Hope.”