Mental Health Monologues
By Carl Stillitano
Mental Health Monologues are a compilation of monologues from 11 TransformativePlays written by playwright Carl Stillitano.
“These books are a true gem, they’re waiting to be read and applied to help us in real-life situations. When you’re navigating anxiety and depression or simply seeking a deeper understanding of mental health, these books are a must-read. And they’re not just about the struggles, they are about the triumphs, the growth and the small victories that make each day brighter. While I was reading, I felt like the characters were holding my hand, guiding me through the pages... sharing their experiences with such honesty and vulnerability. I’m on my 5th TransformativePlay now and highly recommend them. Each play gives me a fresh perspective on my own mental well-being. I’ll definitely keep reading them whenever I need a gentle nudge in the right direction.
Mental Health Monologues is a beacon of hope, reminding us that we have the power to rewrite our stories, one chapter at a time.”
- Anita Sreckov, 22 yrs old, SERBIA Affiliate Ambassador
Supports Translated Print Editions, Student-led PlayClubs & Mental Health Grants
“These monologues provide a deeper level of integrative therapy by opening hard conversations and sharing experiences that we might not have perspective on otherwise. As a traumatized, queer, gender fluid woman, I found myself relating to the cishet white male character of Fly Eagles Fly... and that is a big deal. Reading & recording monologues (for the audio versions) from both The Donut Shop &
Oh, Charlie felt cathartic and left me empowered. The Mental Health Monologues allow us to gain understanding and develop compassion for every human and their journey.”
- Jules Marsh, Kelpful Co-Founder
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“I have witnessed the healing and empowerment that results from people reading, acting out and performing these monologues. Mental Health Monologues is a tool for healing trauma, releasing pain, connecting to your voice, raising your emotional intelligence and expanding your mind & heart."
This is a vehicle for healthy and fun self-expression, using universal themes that all humans can relate to and benefit from regardless of age, race or sexual orientation. TransformativePlays offer unique insight for those wanting to grow and learn. A valuable conversation starter for tough subject matter, this is a priceless bonding experience for parents and kids.”
- Lenise Sorén
TransformativePlays Development Producer
“Loved it!!!!!!! It took me 57 minutes to read, cover to cover! ‘Kenny & Diane’ is a great play for young people still learning and navigating the struggles, commitments and realities of love and relationships. I am more informed and prepared for life and relationships since reading this play. Such as, what to look out for and what to be careful to avoid. The play shows the strength that a bond such as Kenny and Diane’s can be…both a gift and a burden. I loved Kenny & Diane because of the fluidity of the writing mixed with the plot of the story making it such a cohesive read!”
-Ella Hobson: 17 yrs old High school student, Southern California, USA
“If I had read ‘The Donut Shop’ when I was young, it would have been a godsend. I struggled with bulimia in high school and during my first two years of college. Having a resource that discussed eating disorders in an entertaining format such as this play brings issues to the forefront. It would have helped me to learn to love myself. The play is a creative way to address the awkward emotionality of those who suffer with eating disorders.”
-Blythe Metz-Mändmets, Healthy Lifestyle Influencer, Author, Speaker
“I recommend reading ‘An Act of Kindness in the BU’ for college students as a tool for balance. I’ve never read a play like this. It was more like an experience than reading. It was easy to comprehend and connect to. I felt a sense of growth after reading ‘An Act of Kindness in the BU’. I’ve read Shakespeare for school, but never appreciated a play like this. The way it is written is very modern, and references social issues that are relevant right now. It is so easy to get caught up in the stress and anxiety of college pressures; when reading this play it reminds us that we are not alone, and there are support systems of people who can help you.”
-Rin Takahashi Senior, International Student, Pepperdine University
“It is so profoundly important that everything we do, everything we absorb have a healing effect, especially in today’s climate as the world changes at a frenetic speed. ‘Act Of Kindness’ was such a refreshing read with life lessons woven into the fabric of the play. It reminded me of the bedtime stories that I would improvise for my daughter, intentionally creating hidden gems that hopefully taught her life lessons that would nourish her subconscious. Even at 28 years old, she still remembers them. Hey, that was my intention. I hope these plays become an indelible part of every reading list for kids and young adults. What a gift of healing that would be.”
-Kudison Kai, Recording Artist & Backing Vocalist for Natalie Cole, Chaka Khan, Elton John, Mary J. Blige, Joe Cocker
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