This is the story of Shireda Thorpe.
As a youth, Shireda Thorpe craved attention. One sure fire way to get attention, she realized, was to do things that got her into trouble. Her actions were a cry for help that went unrecognized. For years she acted out on this negative energy. It was all she knew, and it caused a great deal of pain and trouble in her life. She seemed to be running from something, but she didn’t know what that something was. (more…)
Levi Lee & Jaywan Sheppard
Levi Lee is a mental health therapist whose area of expertise is in working with young people. “I entered the field because I wanted to help my community — especially the youth,” he says. Levi feels that the voices of young black men in his community are often misunderstood. “Others see the wounded individual. They see the behaviors: poor decisions, wrong choices. What I see is a little soul trapped in a box, a soul that needs an opportunity to tell their story.” (more…)
Darryl Armour’s story is a journey of understanding.
His beginnings were challenging. Darryl grew up in the shadow of a famous songwriting father who was too busy to connect with his son. His parents didn’t get along.
He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at an early age. He had a lot to be angry about, and he lashed out. (more…)
OC87 Recovery Diaries and Philadelphia public television station WHYY teamed up with first time filmmakers from area mental health and wellness organizations to create original, short films that detail journeys of recovery and transformation. We are thrilled to present the first of this year’s four projects: Open Eye Portraits: My PTSD Survival Story, by Brenda Lewis and Sheila Hall Prioleau, from RHD United Peers.
1. Change from one form, state, style, or place to another.
intr.v. tran·si·tioned, tran·si·tion·ing, tran·si·tions
1. To make a transition.
Eric Cureton’s life — like all of our lives — can be viewed as a series of transitions. He and his video partner Richard Canty decided to use the idea of “transitions” as a structural device to tell Eric’s story.
Eric lives with schizophrenia and has a history of substance abuse.
Hello my name is Eric Cureton. I’m 37 years of age and this is my story.
Drugs affected my life in such a way that I would neglect my body. All I wanted to do, ALL I wanted to do was to have fun.
I wouldn’t take care of myself. I couldn’t hold a relationship. I burned all my bridges. I lied, cheated, and stole.
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Ron Thompson is a fascinating guy — an artist with a pen, a poet with words. His video, Drawn to Forgiveness, incorporates both of these strengths. It is about his journey from “a dark and angry place” to forgiveness.
Ron and his production partner, Sharon Taylor are from Horizon House in Philadelphia. Horizon House serves adults with psychiatric or developmental disabilities, drug and alcohol addictions, and those that have experienced homelessness.
Ron’s video is part of the collaboration between OC87 Recovery Diaries and public television station WHYY. The partners teamed up with first-time filmmakers to create a new series of videos that tell inspiring journeys of recovery.
I felt that I was angry at everyone. I was so depressed. I felt like I was alone. I was unhappy.
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Jermaine McCorey is a trauma survivor with a story to tell.
As a young man he became caught up in a life on the streets. A life that offered fast money, but little or no opportunity to think about — or dare dream about — a future.
In 2011 I was shot selling drugs. A guy was trying to mug me, and I didn’t want to give my money and drugs up so he shot me.
I blame myself for what happened because before I even sold drugs my cousin told me what I was getting into and I was hard-headed, and I still decided that even though he told me that my freedom could be taken away, my life could be taken away, my life could be changed forever, I still signed up.
Jermaine was shot three times and required surgery. Afterwards, he began to experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, PTSD.
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“Every night, before I go to sleep, I can look at myself in the mirror and be happy with who I am.” — Tyler Hurst
This simple action sums up a very difficult journey. A journey that is beautifully captured in My Journey Through Addiction into Recovery, a video created by first time filmmakers Tyler Hurst and Brooke Feldman.
Tyler and Brooke are active in YPR (Young People in Recovery), a national advocacy organization that aims to influence public policy, making it easier for youth to find and maintain their recovery from addiction. In fact, Tyler is the chapter lead for YPR – Philly!
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What do they get? A camera, a tripod, and a microphone.
What do they give? Perhaps their most precious possession — their life story.
OC87 Recovery Diaries and public television station WHYY have once again teamed up with first-time filmmakers to create a new series of videos that tell inspiring journeys of recovery.
In this eight-week workshop, individuals and health professionals are working with media professionals to create videos for the OC87 Recovery Diaries website. The course is designed to give participants the tools they need to tell their own powerful stories. Read More
“If there’s anybody that’s having a mental challenge, I hope that they’d be brave enough to speak out. I want to let them know that they are not the only one on the earth or in society or in a community that’s going through that.” — Arah Cooper
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“I think it’s important that anyone that’s gone through anything in their life – talk to people, tell them what you’ve been through, because it’s only through education that we can get rid of stigma.” — John Rocco
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“It is possible for people with a mental illness to do well in life, and to be comfortable with who they are.” —Evan Kaplan
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“When we talk about hope and mental health, what that kind of means is that you’re OK with your past, you’re satisfied with what you’re doing right now day to day, and you’re optimistic about the future.” — Tim Connors
Scenes from the OC87 Recovery Diaries video workshop at WHYY’s Dorrance H. Hamilton Media Commons.
This fall, OC87 Recovery Diaries and public television station WHYY have teamed up with groups from four area mental health providers to create original short films that detail journeys of recovery and transformation.