Bridging Realities™ is a stigma-free initiative with an expansive vision that closes the gap between those affected by mental illness and/or a substance abuse disorder and the outside world. Innovative seminars and workshops, performances, festivals and peer to peer mentorship are all utilized, and are key components of Igniting Creativity and Purposeful Living ©, our diverse program that brings individuals and communities together in fun-filled, uplifting and inspiring ways, educating all through personal experience and creative expression.
Serving each of these communities is important, but Bridging Realities™ goes one step further: it brings together those people who have “been there” and are now integrated members of society and those who’s journeys have just begun. Peer to peer mentorship and concerts such as Life Center Stage’s “Journey Through Song,” have proven to be successful in supporting healthy post recovery, because not only do these connect people peer to peer, but they tie in the rest of the larger community. Events such as these welcome families and friends, strangers and neighbors, to discover through an evening of entertainment, that passion and inspiration, courage and the longing to belong to something greater than ourselves exists in all of us, truly bridging our realities.
We advocate for an informed grass roots approach that fosters mentorship and leadership through peer participation and is, in our experience, the most consistently successful recovery program in the long run. We believe and have experienced, that when we are seen, accepted and encouraged to express ourselves in a safe, supportive and stigma-free environment, we liberate a passion for living that leads to a fuller and richer life. Bridging Realities™ through its initiative Igniting Creativity and Purposeful Living © has been tested and created for just this purpose.