A Local Band Shaped By the Pandemic and Mental Health
By Joan R. Maydet & Mike S. Roth
Many people are familiar with Jawonio and the services they offer to individuals with a disability, but few know about the Jawonio PROS program.
Jawonio PROS is a comprehensive, recovery-oriented program for adults who have a mental health condition. They assist clients in achieving self-identified recovery goals and help them in navigating the symptoms that they experience through group and individual psychotherapy, art, music, discussion, psychoeducation, activities, etc.
Mike and I have experienced amazing change through PROS. We have performed with the PROS band, which is where we met and had participated in poetry groups. We performed in PROS talent shows and on open mic nights. The PROS program has provided us with numerous opportunities to safely challenge ourselves in new ways.
Then the pandemic began. We were challenged to continue our progress. But, as recovery remained a priority for us, with Jawonio PROS help we safely adapted.
Every day, we Zoomed into our PROS classes, and eventually, on our own, we decided to challenge ourselves in the way that PROS had prepared us for.
We started to explore composing and writing our own music. Using our poetry, a guitar, paper, and pen, we sat down and created our first song, "Blinded."
Our band, Noctiphany, meaning "the manifestation of something that happens only at night," has given us a voice. Through poetry and music, we tell our recovery journey and what it is like to live with a mental illness. It's not always light and it's not always pretty but it's real and it's raw.
Recently, we had the opportunity with the help of Mike's brother, David, to record our first album, "Not For The Faint of Heart," which is available now on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify. $1 from the sale of each album is being donated to the Jawonio PROS program. More about us can be found at www.Noctiphany.Bandcamp.com
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