Mental Illness and the Gifts of Kindness and Listening - Part 1

The stress of survival often leads to mental illness for many homeless people. Yet Julie Lang, a mental health professional in Nevada County for 20 years, sees a part of herself in all these people and works to create a feeling of relatedness. It is our judgments, she says, that keeps us separate and creates fear.  If you enjoyed this episode, please visit

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These stories "caught" by StoryCatchers, Betty Louise and Susan M. Davis, inspire inclusion and common humanity with homeless people and promote compassionate action with the community at large. Stories connect us to our humanity. The Humanities, Arts, and Media communicate Story. The result is cultural transformation.This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a partner of the NEH. Visit

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