"It’s interesting how lessons in fiction can produce empathy in reality. Through two paralleled stories told in the multi-cultural fiction novel, Jugend, author Aalia Lanius seeks to shatter stereotypes. Blinders off with a novel that challenges stereotypes and champions unity."
"Film is a powerful medium not only to entertain but to educate and empower. In ‘Fear of Rain’, director Castille Landon does all three through the specific mental health lens of schizophrenia. In this film, a girl living with schizophrenia struggles with terrifying hallucinations as she begins to suspect her neighbor has kidnapped a child. The only person who believes her is Caleb - a boy she isn't even sure exists. To be trapped in your mind unsure of what’s real and what’s not is a nightmares for some. For others, it’s a reality that this film brilliantly portrays."
"Can art inspire the redefinition of ‘sexy’ to include disability? Absolutely. With ‘Sexability’ and so many other pieces by Kam Redlawsk, definitions of beauty and desire are being refined. Bravely and boldly, Kam’s work speaks to the many issues that come with being disabled, while sharing the intrinsic beauty of the individual despite the disability."
"A song that embodies the sanctity of human connection and the sacred bond that is untouchable even by death, Soul Mate is a song that is felt, not merely heard. The official video presents another layer and level of our humanity in an unforgettable story that illustrates love at its best and hate at its worst. Despite lived tragedies, there remains hope in our realities sustained by love."
"And then you come to understand that a person with the right vision and motivation can do anything - even fly. Lex Gillette has an amazing talent for inspiring people not only on the track, but also in this book. Blind since the age of 8, he shares a collection of stores that help us all realize there is no need for sight with vision."
"When gentle words go missing, the emotions they carry can slip away as well. Singer and songwriter, Ned Stranger, has a talent for finding words for these moments. With smart lyrics and signature vocals, his work is a sort of therapy for the relationship we have with ourselves and others."
"Film, at its best, is a catalyst for change. NASRIN is an example of this. In this documentary, the story of Nasrin Soutoudeh is told in a way that and informs and inspires through a tapestry of voices that weave a version of reality that most are not aware of but should be."
"Boldly primal and beautifully poetic, the work of Sage Gallon reflects our shared humanity with textures of varying emotion and layers of shadowed sentiment. His paintings tell stories in their shades of lived experiences."
"In 12 minutes and 9 seconds, filmmaker Roy Zafrani brought me to my knees with his short film Over The Wall. A must-see for every parent, the film illustrates the truth of our humanity through the eyes and actions of two young boys who learn that what they’ve been taught is different from the reality they’ve found. Equal parts bold and brilliant, the cinematography is incredible and the message is moving. A powerful lesson learned in 729 seconds."
"The beautiful way ‘Your Therapist Is Anxious, Too’ unlocks a therapeutic experience that engages not only the analytical mind, but the artistic spirit as well, is phenomenal. Engaging and entertaining, as well as educational in a way that simplifies a hard topic, this artistic workbook for exploring and managing anxiety make it a must-read for mental health and an Official Selection as an AwareNow Cause Conscious Book."
Co-Founder of Awareness Ties