Last summer I was taken by a piece of music I first heard on an Apple commercial for a new MacBook Pro. I investigated and discovered it was by a musician in Austin, Texas, named Daniel Johnston and was called “The Story of an Artist.” The critics didn’t necessarily like his music, but I certainly liked that particular piece. Reading more about Johnston and discovering a documentary about him, I learned he has experienced significant mental illness throughout his life, and I came to see that perhaps his music played a role in his life beyond what the critics understood.
Later I came across an article about a photographer, Louis Quail, who had published a book of artistic photos telling the story of his brother Justin’s life. Big Brother is a tribute to a sibling living with schizophrenia who is nevertheless extraordinary and resilient in a life full of struggle that incorporated his own forms of art and beauty.
Since 1926, South Shore Mental Health has been building hope and changing lives for children born with developmental disabilities, and children, teens, and adults living with mental illness. Today, we have more than 700 employees based in Quincy, Marshfield, Plymouth, and Wareham, and our non-profit early intervention and mental health treatment and recovery programs reach 16,000 people from Boston to Cape Cod.
We are making emotional well-being essential to overall health and building a supportive community for all, through effective, integrated care that is tailored to the way you live.
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