The goal of Mental Health Awareness Month, which is held every May, is to raise awareness about mental illness and to reduce the stigma that surrounds it. During this month, we strive to educate the community about the importance of mental health and how it affects us all.
This year, SYFS is bringing the museum-quality photo-text traveling exhibit called Nothing to Hide. This exhibit featuring photographs and interviews with families whose lives are affected by mental illness and the compelling accounts demonstrate strength, courage, integrity and accomplishment in the face of the adversity and stigma of mental illness. By bringing visibility to these individuals and their families, Nothing to Hide helps dispel harmful stereotypes, myths, and misconceptions about mental illness. Look for pieces of this exhibit around Southborough during the month of May and join us for a culminating event at the end of the month to celebrate the importance of decreasing stigma and increasing awareness. The Gallery Finale will be held on Thursday, May 31st from 7:00-8:30pm at the Southborough Community House. For photo display locations and details on the finale, click here.
On the evening of the finale, we will be joined by Dayna Altman, former Southborough resident, entrepreneur, activist and soon to be author. Dayna is working on publishing her first book, Bake it Til You Make It, a baking cookbook that tells the stories of those who have overcome obstacles related to mental illness through narrative and accompanying recipes. The book hopes to continue important conversations around mental health, provide resources and information, and serve as an educational tool in addition to a comfort read. Dayna will be showcasing some of the baked goods and stories in her hometown at the Gallery Finale. Come learn about the project, support the publishing process through donation, or preorder this book!