Free Performance on Tuesday, April 22 presented by Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center and Skokie Public Library

Erasing the Distance Performer Adam Foss
Erasing the Distance Performer Adam Foss

Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center and Skokie Public Library proudly present a free evening of performance featuring "Stories of Recovery & Resilience" by Erasing the Distance, Tuesday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton St. Turning Point is an outpatient mental health center that provides expert affordable care with services including the The Living Room at Turning Point. In anticipation of Mental Health Awareness Month in May, Turning Point is highlighting the year-long theme "Celebrating Stories of Recovery" with this performance. "Stories of Recovery & Resilience" is free and open to the public. More information is available at www.tpoint.org.

"We are excited to partner with Erasing the Distance," said Turning Point CEO Ann Fisher Raney. "Together with Skokie Public Library we selected the powerful stories that Erasing the Distance will perform. We feel these stories illustrate in a visceral way the 'turning point' that many of our clients experience on their road to recovery. This program is a good example of Turning Point's commitment to public education and advocacy for mental health care access." 

"Stories of Recovery & Resilience" features professional actors portraying real people and their tales of struggle with a variety of mental health issues from surviving violence and experiencing depression to recovering from the emotional impact of being an immigrant or refugee. The monologues offer a glimpse into how mental health issues such as schizo-affective disorder, PTSD, eating disorders and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder affect real people. Following the performance there will be a discussion with company members and Turning Point staff. Erasing the Distance is a nonprofit arts organization based in Chicago that uses the power of performance to disarm stigma, spark dialogue, educate, and promote healing surrounding issues of mental health.

"We are pleased to partner with Turning Point again," said Skokie Public Library Director Carolyn Anthony. "Last year's screening of the bipolar documentary 'Of Two Minds' was such a success that we looked for an opportunity to collaborate on programing this year, and felt May's Mental Health Awareness Month was a wonderful fit." 

Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center and Skokie Public Library present "Stories of Recovery & Resilience.: a free evening of performance by Erasing the Distance, Tuesday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton Street. "Stories of Recovery & Resilience" is free and open to the public. Continuing education credits are available for social workers, counselors, psychologists and marriage/family therapists. More information is available at www.tpoint.org.

Related Turning Point Event:

Friday, June 20, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. - Turning Point's Annual Benefit. This year's benefit, entitled Celebrating Stories of Recovery will honor U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (Evanston), First Bank & Trust Managing Director Jay Lytle (Evanston), and Turning Point Therapist Julie Rooney and Shure, Inc. Senior Software Manager and Electrical Engineer Paul Rooney (Chicago) for their commitment and support for comprehensive, high quality mental health care for everyone. The benefit takes place at Westmoreland Country Club, 2601 Old Glenview Road in Wilmette. Tables of 8 are $1,000 (or $800 prior to May 16); individual tickets are $125 (or $100 if purchased by May 16th). For reservations and more information call 847-933-0051 ext. 442.

TURNING POINT BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CARE CENTER, established in 1969, is an outpatient mental health center that provides expert, affordable mental health care to the Chicagoland area. Turning Point's innovative program, "The Living Room", is a comfortable, cost effective alternative to hospital emergency rooms for clients experiencing psychiatric emergencies. Currently, this program has saved over $380,000 annually in state health care costs and was featured in the Jan. 2014 issue of the national journal "Mental Health Nursing".


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