We asked Trish Dribnenki, one of our founders, to tell us about why she started Mental!
Art and film are ways that we can express our experiences with grief/loss/stress/illness/pain/joy/resilience
Art and film can be a language that everyone may identify with, share,or understand (sometimes, in our own unique ways and perspectives)
I learned that part of being human is having a story. We all have brains and mental health and stories! I wanted to find others that would help create an opportunity for people experiencing mental health or addiction challenges to feel supported and (even acknowledged, included, and celebrated) within a broader community. I thought a film and art festival would exhibit talent, celebrate resilience, provide hope, and facilitate inclusion.
Being a human means that we all experience pain, sadness, stress, loss, joy, resilience, hope, and laughter. Film and art can help us get through this life journey together. If we can open our eyes and hearts to our fellow humans and their stories, we will see beauty and value within every human.