Happy Thoughtful Thursday! Today, I would like to share an interview that I had with Ali Boehm earlier in the week. She owns an award-winning healing business called “Kneading Hands” Massage. She is also the driving force behind a book, authored by her brother, Trevor. The Boehm family published “Louie’s Saxophone” to help people struggling with mental illness.
Here is our interview:
Sue: Today is the first of many Thoughtful Thursdays to come on All Things Fulfilling. I continue to be inspired by your family’s story. The loss of your brother has been turned into a positive mission. More than a year ago, I featured your brother Trevor’s award-winning book “Louie’s Saxophone” on All Things Fulfilling and I would like to feature it once more. http://bit.ly/1auIRSD
In a few weeks you will be participating in an event at Bermis Hall at Colorado College sponsored by the National Alliance of Mental Health. You will be sharing “Louie’s Saxophone” which has the potential to help many people. Tell me more about the event.
Ali: On November 14th (at 6:30 pm) in Colorado Springs, CO I will be a speaking out, sharing our family’s experience at the National Alliance on Mental Illness. It will be an evening of story and song called Silence No More. People will also be reading poetry and expressing themselves through the power of dance. Kathy Brandt and Max Maddox will also be sharing their book “Walks on the Margins: A Story of Bipolar Disease.”
Sue: What will you will be specifically speaking about?
Ali: This time when I speak at the NAMI event, and now that more time has passed since the loss of my brother, I will be reflecting on what I think Trevor would be doing if he was still here with us.
Sue: Tell me what purpose you feel Louie’s Saxophone plays in helping people with mental illness?
Ali: That no one is alone. The book, in a gentle way, opens a door to talk about a sensitive subject matter. I believe that my brother’s struggles began at age 8, and a children’s book becomes a family place for education at a very young age.
Sue: What has your family learned about the power of books to change lives by publishing Louie’s Saxophone?
Ali: People believe in the written word. A book creates a space for reflection and gives power to legitimize the healing process. Initially we thought we’d do a pamphlet, but a book has more credibility.
Sue: How does it make you feel to know that you are helping others by sharing the story Trevor left behind?
Ali: Humbled. The book is powerful and it puts me in a position that facilitates discussion. I do not have all the answers, and sometimes that is scary. But I can provide and find resources.
Ali: Where should people who are struggling go to seek help? Can you give me a few resources?
- National Alliance for Mental Illness http://www.nami.org/
- REPS – Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide http://www.preservinglife.org/
- Louie’s Saxophone by Trevor Boehm- A children’s book http://louiessaxophone.com/
- Walks on the Margins by Kathy Brandt and Max Maddox http://amzn.to/19Q9VNh
- An Internet radio station (a talk show by Cosmic Broadcasting called The Stigma of Mental Illness) http://www.cosmicbroadcasting.com/radio-shows/stigma-of-mental-illness/
Sue: Ali, It’s been a good day if by publishing this interview on-line if we can help even a single person to know that they are not alone and they can open up about their own depression or sadness. Best to you with the NAMI event, I am so proud that you are part of We Write Steamboat networking group for independent publishers . You are sharing an important story.
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