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Clubhouse Events

 

The Meeting Place Clubhouse Events are one-of-a-kind. Over the years we have organized, managed, and made successful several anti-stigma events that have raised community awareness of the stigma associated with mental illness. The point of these events were not only to bring in the mental health community but to create an event that would be of interest to the general population. In 2013 we presented Through our lens: personal stories of mental illness to over 250 individuals from the community. Additionally, the member photos and essays were featured in various libraries and conferences. This May, with The art of survival: personal stories of mental illness our hope is to further expand our reach into the general population to share the transformative nature of mental illness.

 

The art of survival: personal stories of mental illness

We live in a disposable culture. Old treasures that once held meaning and value are often cast by the wayside once we decide they have outlived their usefulness. We seem to have little time for things that are damaged, broken, scarred, or less than our ideal of perfect. People living with mental illness often face a similar rejection by a society that views them as flawed and worthless.

The art of survival: personal stories of mental illness explores the transformative nature of living with mental illness through the eyes of artists who have endured stigma, discrimination, and abandonment and thrived despite these challenges.

The event's art pieces featured discarded objects repurposed and reimagined. Each piece has been given new life as a home for succulents, which are among nature’s most fascinating survivors. Our featured pieces were accompanied by photos and personal essays illustrating each artist’s story and how their art relates to their struggles and triumphs.

When looking at the photos and reading the corresponding stories of mental illness, we hope you take away a new perspective about the value of people and the unique beauty that can be discovered through compassion, creativity and love.

Check out the photos and essays from this amazing event by clicking on The art of survival page.

 

Through our lens: personal stories of mental illness

If a picture is worth a thousand words, photographs documenting the stories of people living with mental illness would fill a library.

On May 16, 2013, The Meeting Place Clubhouse, Inc. presented a photographic exhibition exploring the stigma of mental illness, its effect on individuals and families, and the triumphs of people recovering from their illness.  For 20 years, The Meeting Place has provided opportunities for work, education, wellness, housing, and friendship to men and women in San Diego County with mental health disorders.  These individuals, known as “members” rather than patients or clients, are the heart and soul of this exhibition.

Entitled Through our lens: personal stories of mental illness, the event featured photographs of Clubhouse members documenting the darkness of the stigma of mental illness and the rays of hope that can exist when stigma is overcome by love and acceptance.

Check out the photos and essays from this amazing event by clicking on the Through our lens page.