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"Problems are not going to get solved until we sit down with somebody else and really listen to their stories, so we can get to understand each other rather than blowing each other up. The more we put labels on people, the more weíre destined not to know them. When you really know somebody elseís story, you canít hate them anymore. Itís a wonderful tool for peace."
-- Storyteller Nancy Duncan

This Is My Brave, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization is the leading platform for individuals to share their stories of living successful lives despite a diagnosis of a mental health disorder through artistic expression (spoken word poetry, original music and essay readings) on stage in front of a live audience. Here is the co-founder of this organization, Jennifer Marshall, sharing her story:


Storytelling has been used around the world for centuries to heal people. The articles below describe various uses of storytelling and healing, including:

For more information about the uses of storytelling in healing, see:

  1. Storytelling for Wellness Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC), December 10, 2013

  2. Native Women Rising: Ending Violence and Healing Through Digital Storytelling Indian Country Today Media, September 30, 2013

  3. A Twist in the Tale The Hindu (Chennai, India), July 6, 2013

  4. The Stories That Bind Us The New York Times (New York, NY), March 15, 2013

  5. The Heart of Storytelling: The American Red Cross Lets Real People Tell Their Stories Co.Create, Fast Company (New York, NY), December 18, 2012

  6. How a Physician and Nurse Merge Healing, Storytelling Press-Citizen (Iowa City, IA), July 11, 2012

  7. Domestic Violence Week Uses Storytelling to Inspire Healing The Spectator (Seattle University, Seattle, WA), February 22, 2012

  8. My Faith: How Storytelling Saved My Life CNN Belief (Atlanta, GA), August 7, 2011

  9. Storyteller Tries to Ease Tsunami Victims' Pain Japanese Times (Tokyo, Japan), May 14, 2011

  10. The Psychological Power of Storytelling Psychology Today (New York, NY), January 16, 2011

  11. Telling Stories: Creating Community One Story at a Time Tucson Citizen (Tucson, AZ), March 2, 2010

  12. Enter the World of Storytelling ExpressBuzz (Chenai, India), February 10, 2010

  13. Learning to Listen The New York Times (New York, NY), December 29, 2009

  14. Story Time The Wall Street Journal (New York, NY), November 14, 2009

  15. Festival Connects Storytelling, Peace-building Winnipeg Free Press (Winnipeg, Canada), May 6, 2009

  16. Champaign-Urbana Group Revives Art of Storytelling Daily Illini (University of Illinois, Champaign, IL), April 7, 2009

  17. Life Stories: Children Find Meaning in Old Family Tales Wall Street Journal (New York, NY), March 11, 2009

  18. Stop Me if Youíve Heard This One Newsweek (New York, NY), February 16, 2009

  19. The Secrets of Storytelling: Why We Love a Good Yarn Scientific American Mind (New York, NY) , September, 2008

  20. Once Upon a Time There was a Sickness ABC Online (Australia), April 17, 2008

  21. Youngsters Enjoy a Special Story on World Storytelling Day The Shields Gazette (South Shields, UK), April 15, 2008

  22. Empathy Is What Makes Us Sane: Ira Glass at Lisner Auditorium (Washington, DC), April 15, 2008

  23. The Stories We Tell that Could Build a City (The Oregonian, Portland, OR), April 6, 2008

  24. Health Department Hopes Personal Stories will Inspire Change Daily Herald (Provo, UT), March 26, 2008

  25. Storytelling Can Make a Difference in Conflict The Times of India (New Delhi, India), October 1, 2007

  26. Outside Voices: Siobhan Darrow On The Value Of Storytelling CBS News (New York City, NY), December 15, 2006

  27. We Can Heal the Wounds The Fiji Times Online (Suva, Fiji), December 3, 2006

  28. Storytelling is Great Tool in Tourism and Reconciliation City Vision (Western Cape, South Africa), November 9, 2006

  29. Cathartic Tales Malaysia Star (Malaysia), January 24, 2006

  30. Storytellers to Honor Dr. King January 15 Palisadian-Post (Pacific Palisades, CA), January 13, 2005

  31. Storytelling Known for Healing Nature Billings Gazette (Billings, MT), December 8, 2004

  32. Storyteller Shows Health Officials a New Way to Communicate with Alaskans Anchorage Daily News (Anchorage, Alaska), December 7, 2004

  33. Storyteller Nurses 'Their Spirits' Baton Rouge Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA), November 7, 2004

  34. Clarinetist Mends Her Heart Through Performing Palm Beach Daily News (Palm Beach, FL), October 20, 2004

  35. National Endowment For The Arts Grant Will Benefit Local Homeless Youth (Westchester, NY), October 20, 2004

  36. Telling the Holocaust Story The Jerusalem Post (Jerusalem, Israel), September 6, 2004

  37. He's Found Escape in Life and Onstage The Boston Globe, August 27, 2004

  38. Teaching Through Stories: Televised Play Brings Cancer Information to Native Alaskans Capital City Weekly (Juneau, Alaska), August 24, 2004

  39. The Moral Clout of Storytelling The Seed, July/August, 2004

  40. Storytelling Helps Victims of Trauma Bradenton Herald (Bradenton, FL), August 21, 2004

  41. Visual and Performing Arts Take on a Bigger Role in Patient Recovery The Washington Post, August 17, 2004

  42. Solace Found in the Telling of a Tragic Tale Times Union (Albany, NY), August 13, 2004

  43. Tall Tales Told at Civic Center Arizona Sentinel, August, 2004

  44. Across the Land, Plots are Thickening LA Times, July 29, 2004

  45. Her Final Story The Reader (Omaha, Nebraska), June 25, 2004

  46. Lives Retold St. Petersburg Times, June 14, 2004

  47. Victims To Voice Pain The News Letter (Belfast, Northern Ireland), May 27, 2004

  48. Narrative and Medicine The New England Journal of Medicine, February 26, 2004

  49. Creative Expression Workshops for Immigrant and Refugee Children Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, February, 2004

  50. You Can Be a Great Storyteller USA, January 18, 2004

  51. Food for Thought Atlanta Jewish Times, December 29, 2003

  52. Diagnosis Goes Low Tech The New York Times, October 11, 2003

  53. Even in a High-Tech World, Storytellers Can Still Spin a Good Yarn Chicago Tribune Online Edition, July, 2003

  54. Narrative Voices And Repertoire at a Healing Crossroads in South India Journal of American Folklore, Summer, 2003


For more information about the uses of storytelling in healing, see The Healing Story Alliance, a Special Interest Group of the National Storytelling Network.

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