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UpStage Stigma lets local artists tell stories of mental illness and emotional struggle

MADISON (WKOW) — An event devoted to getting rid of the stigma linked to mental illness, through a variety of performances, is happening later this week.

On Monday, Emily Erwin-Frank, the Founder and Artistic Director of UpStage Stigma, joined the Wake Up Wisconsin to talk about the event and its importance.

Erwin-Frank says the event includes performers from the Madison community and surrounding area who will dance, recite poetry, tell stories, sing and play music to share their experiences, advocate for individuals with mental illness and link the challenges faced by individuals with mental illness to our universal experience.

She says by bringing to light the struggles that we, our loved ones, and our fellow community members face, UpStage Stigma decreases the shame around mental illness.

“UpStage Stigma” is Friday, May 17 at High Noon Saloon in Madison. Doors open at 7:30 and the show begins at 8:00 p.m. There is a 10 dollar suggested donation.

To learn more, visit UpStage Stigma’s website.

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