The If You Could See Me Project?
People don’t take the time to see each other. We make judgments, we attach labels, we assume – we often do not see. Founder Erin Mahone, believes in seeing, hearing, learning, and being present with one another. The worst thing that a person can feel in this life is invisible. To be seen is to be truly alive. The #IfYouCouldSeeMe project is a relationship between storyteller and audience; an understanding that through sharing, and by witnessing, we are all being seen.
The mission of the #IfYouCouldSeeMe Movement is to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness, Erin hopes readers will feel compassion for themselves and their communities as more people find the courage to share their stories.
The If You Could See Me Project is committed to creating safe, nurturing, affirming, and inclusive space for ALL stories to be told. We recognize the generations of harm, oppression, dehumanization, and disempowerment created by white supremacy, racism in all forms, religious extremism, homophobia, sexism, ableism, anti-semitism, anti-Islam, xenophobia, and stigma associated with mental health, trauma, and the things that keep us silent. We stand alongside individuals whose intersectional identities have been unseen, unheard, and disregarded. We commit to listening, learning, speaking out when appropriate, and to amplifying those individuals' voices when they feel safe and called to share. We are always open to questions, suggestions, and discussion regarding ways to make our programs more inclusive. Contact us at Events@ifyoucouldseeme.com.
We spread a message of self-compassion, acceptance, and empowerment through live performance events, writing/storytelling workshops, 1:1 and group coaching, author events, an open-submission blog, and a podcast on the Mental Health News Radio Network.
The #IfYouCouldSeeMe Project believes in the power of stories for change. Storytelling is a timeless form of connection, communication, and creation. Our participants are changing the world by finding their voices and using them to change the way we talk about, think about, and treat mental health and related issues.
"Becoming whole is an exercise in allowing your true self to be seen over and over until it doesn't scare you anymore."
Erin Mahone, Founder of the #IfYouCouldSeeMe Project
About Erin Mahone
Erin Mahone learned as a small child to use what she had to get what she needed. Gifted with a natural ability for performance and song she entertained members of her family and her community in order to connect and feel safe. Living with undiagnosed anxiety and depression throughout her childhood and adolescence, Erin just learned to figure things out. She wasn't always very good at it. She made a lot of mistakes. Fortunately, Erin had a lot of love from some very dysfunctional people to help her appreciate the unfairness, ridiculousness, and magnificence of the world. Stories, music, family, and humor have always been her touchstones.
Upon becoming a wife and mother (sooner than expected, though joyfully) she decided that there was no longer room for fumbling about until she got things right. Erin decided to approach her life with intention and to embrace both her mental illness and her creative inclination. She committed herself to a life of service, intention, education, and creativity. It was imperative that she become a woman her children could be proud to call their mother.
Whether as a student and stay-at-home mother, working in community mental health, in leadership roles in large non-profit organizations, or today as a business owner, non-profit founder, teaching-artist, author, podcaster, storyteller, producer, mental health professional, mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, friend, or PERPETUAL dropper of balls, Erin meets life's challenges with authenticity, honesty, and the expectation that humans treat one another with dignity and respect.
Erin knows the pain of being invisible and misunderstood. She also knows the gift of feeling truly seen and understood. She knows the emptiness of feeling unworthy. Every single one of us, no matter our struggles deserves the chance to be seen. Most of all, every human deserves the opportunity to see themselves as a being worthy of possibility. Erin created The If You Could See Me Project because she believes in the human capacity to create incredible things, with a little help from those who believe in us before we are able to believe in ourselves.