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"Do You Hear Me Now?" An Anthology of Mental Health Journeys

Posted on Wednesday, July 29th, 2020

"Do You Hear Me Now" An Anthology of Mental Health Journeys is an ebook that includes a "collection of poetry, long-form writing, and artwork by individuals of diverse ages, genders, races and sexual orientations." Those included in the anthology were inspired by Ajay Heble's Literature and Social Change course during the Winter 2020 semester and decided to use the medium of storytelling to reduce social stigma surrounding mental health and empower people to feel safe when speaking or writing about their mental health journeys. 

The authors of the book have chosen to advocate on behalf of Art Not Shame, a Guelph-based not-for-profit that fosters community through art. The organization is especially dedicated to challenging social or political systems that undermine self worth by helping to facilitate supportive social spaces. 

“The project began in response to a challenge I issued to the students to activate their knowledge and to use their skills as students in the humanities to engage in community-facing projects for social change. I’m really pleased with the result.” - Ajay Heble

Read the ebook: https://doyouhearmenow922238635.wordpress.com/home/

Students involved in the project being interviewed by Rogers Television: https://www.rogerstv.com/media?lid=237&rid=8&gid=587718