Jun 29, 2020

Mental health education is more important than EVER

Hi there!

MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION. With unprecedented increases in social isolation and economic hardship driven by this pandemic, we know that mental health support and education are more important than ever.

DISTANCE LEARNING. Since late winter, when social isolation kicked in, Unsilence has seen significant jumps in requests for Unsilence live online programs and in traffic to our learning experiences online - which are always free and open access. Distance learning will be with us for a while.

INTERACTIVE. Our Unsilence choose-your-own-pathway stories and features, like TOMORROW, THE 19TH WINDOW, and OXYGEN, help young people, educators, and members of the public explore themes like suicide, intergenerational trauma, and emotional responses to violence. Mental health is a common theme across Unsilence learning experiences. Learners explore questions about trauma, depression, and illness as they connect to different forms of violence and oppression, including anti-Black racism, sexual violence, immigration rights, and LGBTQ+ experiences.

THANK YOU. We are so grateful for your support. Our work at Unsilence is only possible because you believe in what we do.

TOMORROW. If you haven't explored it yet, check out our Unsilence feature TOMORROW - an original interactive story, based on real events, that helps young people, educators, and parents talk about mental health and suicide. The 'choose-your-own-pathway' structure draws learners in, and each decision point highlights the complexities of mental health in school settings. The feature is accompanied by a free educator guide and testimonies about the aftermath of suicide from a teacher's perspective (INTO MY ARMS) and a parent's perspective (BRIAN), as well as poetry from a sibling's perspective (THE S WORD).

TODAY. Thank you again for your support. If you are able, please consider making a contribution today to support our work. We can't unsilence without you!

With gratitude,

Danny

Apr 30, 2020

UPDATE: Distance Learning + Exhibition Design

At Unsilence, we are feeling grateful right now. Since the beginning of this pandemic, with our online content already in place through our website - all our content is free and accessible to anyone with internet - Unsilence has been delivering live programs to communities across the country. Our website users and total visits are up 107% and time spent on our website is up 21%.
 
This is why we're so excited to be working on our online exhibition to tell the stories of the mothers of The Sisterhood, a collective of Chicagoland mothers, all women of color, whose children have been killed by senseless gun violence. With "distance learning" becoming the new norm for formal and informal education, the launch of our exhibition has the potential to reach even more people.
 
The design of our online exhibition is going very well. We are now working to select excerpts from interview transcripts and sequencing the exhibition photographs to tell the stories of the mothers as individuals and as a group of activists. Our goals: (1) To unsilence the personal and collective grief, trauma, activism, and healing of mothers of color. (2) To humanize their murdered children who are so often portrayed in a negative light in the media. (3) To connect communities and support them to talk about systemic violence, because we're facing the gun violence crisis together and we can only solve it together.
 
We are so grateful for your support of our work. Please consider adding to your support by following this linkWe cannot unsilence without you. 
 
All my best,
Danny M. Cohen
Founder & Interim Executive Director of Unsilence
www.unsilence.org
Mar 3, 2020

Choose-Your-Own-Pathway!

Hi there!

100 STUDENTS: In a public school in Chicago, right now, Unsilence is leading a 6-week social justice residency. Around 100 students are working in small teams to explore human rights and social injustice.

INTERACTIVE STORIES: The students started the residency by exploring an Unsilence choose-your-own-pathway story. And now they are creating interactive stories of their own.

MENTAL HEALTH: Mental health has become a common theme across the students' stories. As they write their stories, the students are learning about trauma, depression, and illness as they connect to different forms of violence and oppression, including sexism, racism, immigration rights, LGBTQ experiences, and environmental injustice.

We are so grateful for your support. Our work at Unsilence is only possible because you believe in what we do.

TOMORROW: If you haven't explored it yet, check out our Unsilence feature "TOMORROW" -- an original interactive story, based on real events, that helps young people, educators, and parents talk about mental health and suicide. The "choose-your-own-pathway" structure draws learners in and each decision point highlights the complexities of mental health in school settings.

TODAY: Thank you again for your support. If you are able, please consider making a contribution today to support our work. We can't unsilence without you!

All my best,

Danny

 
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