There are several objectives we hope to address and achieve through The Surviving
To promote Hope, Healing and Help for those impacted by trauma, abuse or mental health
concerns through the use of the creative arts, a speakers’ bureau, newsletter, website,
brochure, retail gallery, coffeehouse, media center and more.
Please note that we refer to trauma, abuse and mental health concerns throughout
our website, literature & events, etc. These three major health problems cover a
wide variety of issues and we want to reach out to those who have known that pain
and suffering. We want to extend our invite to their loved ones, friends, co-workers
and to the greater public to help create awareness on how those health issues affect
all of us.
To help promote, market and sell the creative works of those affected by trauma,
abuse and mental health concerns at fair market prices. It is hard enough to make
a living as a professional artist, musician, author, etc, but when someone has to
deal with the above mentioned health issues, that creates even more problems to contend
with in trying to pursue your muse.
By offering workshops, events and mentoring, we hope to help creative individuals
learn the necessary business skills that are needed for promoting their creative
works. For those professionals already in the marketplace, we want to be able to
help you reach a larger audience.
To offer healing arts workshops, training, classes and events that teach creative
crafts and skills to others just for the joy and the fun of learning something new.
This will encompass music, art, writing, poetry, crafts, yoga, reiki and so much
Studies show that one in four females will be sexually assaulted before the age of
eighteen and for males it is one in six; though many think that number may be higher,
but most males will not report or talk about their abuse.
Studies also show that one in five people have dealt with a mental health concern…
yet two thirds of them will not seek treatment or help due to the stigma and discrimination
associated with mental illness, trauma and abuse.
The Surviving Spirit wants to help be a part of the change in eliminating the fears,
myths, and false beliefs that surround trauma, abuse, & mental health concerns. The
media will always cover the story of someone labeled mentally ill who commits a violent
crime and yet they only represent a tiny percentage of the population, unfortunately
they receive the most headlines. The Surviving Spirit will show the other side of
that equation with stories of hope, courage and perseverance from the gifted and
talented people we work with, who by their example break down those old fears, false
beliefs and myths that surround mental illness.
Trauma & Abuse comes in many forms — military veterans grapple with this, victims
of crime, those who have struggled with a life-threatening illness or injury such
as cancer, diabetes, brain injury, car accident, physical impairment and so much
more are just a partial listing of serious health concerns that people struggle with.
And yet, they show by their example, Hope, Healing, & Help. The Surviving Spirit
wants to display and share their stories, music, art, crafts and more that shows
their great courage and perseverance.
Further information that outlines our purpose, goals and mission can be found throughout
our website and literature in more detail by visiting the rest of the website.