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

Too often we hear from people who are worried that they can’t achieve their dreams or have a successful because of their mental health issues. We hope our “Working It” interview series proves that it’s possible to do that and much more. You can read previous interviews . TWLOHA: For our who aren’t familiar with you or your work, can you us a little about who you are and what you do? JOEL : Well, this is always a tough question, because I do a of things— I’m Joel. I’m a father and a storyteller. Most recently, I released a book, “A 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, a poet, an actor, a writer. The “dad” title is a 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, in some ways made me very aware of my work as an artist in confronting my demons and helping […]

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