Working It: Joel Leon on Using Storytelling to Cope With Mental Illness

Too often we hear from who are worried they can’t achieve their dreams or have successful because of their mental health issues. We hope our “Working ” interview series proves that ’s possible do that and so much more. You can read previous interviews here . TWLOHA: For our readers who aren’t familiar with you or your work, can you tell us little about who you are and what you do? JOEL : Well, this is always tough question, because I do lot of things—but I’m Joel. I’m father and storyteller. Most recently, I released book, “ Book About Things I Will Tell My Daughter,” on November 15, 2017. The stories and methods of telling those stories change depending on the medium—I’m an emcee, poet, an actor, writer. The “dad” title is relatively new one, though probably the one I’m most skilled at. TWLOHA: How does mental illness affect your life and work? JOEL : Mental illness, coping with depression and anxiety and suicidal ideations, has in some ways made me very aware of my work as an artist in confronting my demons and helping […]

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