If You Could See Me: Life, Moth­er­hood, and the Pur­suit of Sanity

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March 29, 2018

Erin Mahone was an anx­ious child whose Bubbe and Zayde offered a safe space. When Erin was 13, Bubbe told her the sto­ry of Zay­de’s schiz­o­phre­nia diag­no­sis. Their par­ents and sib­ling expect­ed her to insti­tu­tion­al­ize him. She refused and they spent 47 years tak­ing care of each oth­er. This coura­geous choice laid the foun­da­tion for Mahone’s life as wife and moth­er, and her work as a men­tal health advo­cate, sto­ry­teller, and pro­duc­er. In this col­lec­tion of essays, Mahone describes the influ­ence of her grand­par­ents, expe­ri­ences as a Jew­ish com­mu­nal work­er, lessons learned from Holo­caust sur­vivors, and oth­er ways in which her Jew­ish iden­ti­ty has shaped her life and her work with­in com­mu­ni­ties. Bubbe and Zayde exem­pli­fied humil­i­ty, com­pas­sion, and how to find humor in life’s most chal­leng­ing cir­cum­stances. Today, Erin shares those lessons with her chil­dren, in class­rooms, men­tal health pro­grams, the­aters, and beyond. She shares the mes­sage that we are all capa­ble of great­ness no mat­ter who we are, where we come from, or what sto­ries we have inter­nal­ized to con­vince our­selves otherwise.”

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