Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Time: 6:00–8:00 PM
Place: Everett Theatre, 9 Duncan Avenue, Providence, RI (directions)
Open to: All ages (recommended for older kids and adults)
Space available: 80 seats
Join us for an evening of stories, song, and dance from the people who are reshaping how we think about mental illnesses. You will be moved and entertained, and dare we say you may even be educated! The program will be followed by a reception with refreshments.
Mental Tapas is sponsored by Cure Alliance for Mental Illness, a grass-roots social activist network committed to finding better, safer treatments for mental illnesses.
|Sokeo Ros is founder and director of Case Closed! dance troupe, and directs the hip-hop dance program at Everett: Company, Stage and School in Providence, Rhode Island. He has taught many master classes in universities and has been a creator and performer in three Everett touring pieces, including BrainStorm.
|Linda Carpenter is a psychiatrist and researcher at Butler Hospital and Brown University, where she studies the biology and treatment of mood disorders. She is a pioneer in the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation as a noninvasive treatment for depression.
|Kafui Dzirasa is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Duke University, where he combines his engineering background, medical training, and community experience on research to understand the neural circuits that underlie mental illnesses like bipolar disorder.
|Robin Cunningham is a retired corporate executive and entrepreneur, and a mental illness advocate. He serves on the board of trustees of NAMI New Jersey and the New Jersey Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma among other positions. He is co-founder of Cure Alliance for Mental Illness. Mr. Cunningham has had schizophrenia since the age of 13.
|Alyssa Brown is a young mother and advocate for mental health issues here in Rhode Island. She speaks from the heart on these issues as they have transformed her own life. Alyssa will be sharing her story and what she hopes to see done differently in the area of treatment for those with brain disorders.