No Shame On U 3rd Annual Event Featuring Brian Cuban on November 5th

By: Shifra Kolsky, Board Member

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On November 5, No Shame On U hosted over 300 community members at its third annual event, featuring Brian Cuban. Brian is the younger brother of Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank Shark, Mark Cuban. He is also the author of two books about his struggles with addiction and mental health issues, Shattered Image and The Addicted Lawyer. Miriam Ament, Founder and President of No Shame On U, spoke about the importance of hearing directly from people who have experienced mental health issues. Through meeting people, hearing their stories, and normalizing the conversation, we can begin to eradicate the stigma surrounding mental health. Brian continued with that theme, explaining that storytelling is a key to breaking the cycle of stigma for future generations. Brian very quickly built a rapport with the audience and took them through his life story with warmth, wit, and a sense of humor, even as he shared some very painful experiences. Brian spoke openly about his childhood, relationships with his family, and some of the early events that precipitated his underlying depression. He related stories about the progression of his addiction and his long road to recovery. Brian emphasized that the only way an individual living with addiction can get on the road to recovery is to choose it for themselves. He also advised family members and friends to learn as much as they can about addiction, so that they can stand ready to help when their loved one is ready to choose recovery. The response from event participants was overwhelmingly positive. They appreciated the open conversation and the opportunity to take part in public discourse on mental health. ͞Last night was absolutely awesome. It was amazing to see how many people came and such a diverse audience…Brian’s story was powerful.͟͞Thank you again for including us at your 3rd Annual Event last night. It was really outstanding…. Powerful messages and how to deal with depression, addiction, and self-esteem issues.͟No Shame On U is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to eliminating the stigma associated with mental health conditions and raising awareness in the Jewish Community and beyond. The goal is for the people who need help to seek it, for family members and friends to know how to provide proper support and to save lives.For more information got www.noshameonu.org or email miriam@noshameonu.org.

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