When: Friday, October 9th @ 5 pm PST

Where: NAMI Seattle FB Page – Live Event

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Mental Health & LGBTQ Recovery Advocate Eric Dorsa and NAMI Seattle’s Development Manager Jeremiah Bainbridge as they discuss the importance of making room for the uncomfortable and “messy” in the journey toward health and mental wellness. Making room for the uncomfortable and embracing messes is sometimes the kindest and healthiest thing we can do, and the overwhelming situations of life are part of the healing process.

Eric Dorsa aka “Fonda Koxx” is an LGBTQ advocate, actor, comedian, and drag queen currently living in Chicago, Illinois. As an advocate for the LGBTQ community, Eric travels around the country sharing his experiences of Eating Disorder Recovery, coming out as a gay person, and his recovery from substance abuse with college campuses and patients in treatment. Eric has been featured on Texas Public Radio “Worth Repeating”, Mental Note Podcast “Drag Queen Wisdom”, Huffington Post Queer Voices, and has given an award-winning 2014 TEDx Talk entitled “ How Dressing in Drag Made Me Uncover My Authentic Self.” Eric hopes that sharing his story will inspire others to know that they are not alone, to seek connection and treatment and that full recovery is possible.

Jeremiah served on the Philanthropy and Policy Committee as a member of the NAMI Seattle board of directors in 2018. He has worked in mental health advocacy as a presenter for the NAMI In Our Own Voice program and served as a moderator at the NAMI Washington 2018 conference. Before joining NAMI Seattle, Jeremiah volunteered as a grant writer for LifeDesigns in Bloomington, Indiana, and as a networking assistant for New Leaf – New Life, an anti-recidivism organization supporting formerly incarcerated persons. Jeremiah has a BA in Anthropology from Indiana University.

Life is Messy, especially now.

How do we make room for ourselves and the messes?

In the words of Pema Chödrön: “The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen.”

Join us for a personal discussion from lived experiences and find ways to make room for the mess.

This event will be recorded and posted for future viewing.