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Albuquerque- In an effort to increase understanding of the struggles of individuals and families impacted by mental illness, the City of Albuquerque is hosting a live performance at the KiMo Theatre on Friday, October 24, at 7 p.m. called Minds Interrupted: Stories of Lives Affected by Mental Illness. Tickets are $15 in advance or at the door and available at or HoldMyTicket at 505-886-1251.


The one-evening performance includes monologues that highlight the powerful stories of seven area residents from varying backgrounds, each recounting his or her personal story of coping with their own mental illness or that of a loved one.  Featured performers include a native youth still in high school living with anxiety; a nurse whose brother is struggling with schizophrenia; and a man who at the age of 20 developed schizoaffective disorder.


“The performers are not professional actors. They are individuals who work with the producers to develop personally written monologues and to perform them effectively for a theater audience,” said Producer Michele Herling, of Compassionate Touch Network, a nonprofit organization rooted in the heart of community mental health through education and the arts.


Minds Interrupted provides a unique opportunity to erase the stigma surrounding mental illness and to shed light on the dedication and courage of those who live with mental illness day in and day out. “We’re honored to host Minds Interrupted and support efforts that increase our understanding of mental health and help to create a compassionate community,” said Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry.


One out of four American families are impacted by chronic mental illness. In the U.S., over 2 million people are diagnosed with schizophrenia, yet the stigma of this and other mental illness is so prevalent that people talk much less openly about these diseases than about others such as cancer and heart disease.  “This program promises to lend a hand in changing this fact,” Herling added.


In addition to the City of Albuquerque, the performance is sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Albuquerque.  This project is also made possible in part by a grant from New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs and National Endowment for the Arts.


For more information, contact Michele Herling at 505-577-7840.