GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.
On Friday the National Alliance on Mental Illness Western Slope held their first-ever peer benefit, No More Secretz Art-ival.
The event featured local artists, an open mike, performers, artists and more.
Maralyn Chase, who suffers from PTSD due to domestic violence, took the stage and read original poetry. She showed just how far along she's come in her path to recovery, thanks to help from NAMI and other resources.
"To let people know that it's okay to get out there and seek the help that they need so desperately that are suffering for mental illness, and, I just want to help people, so much," said Chase. Her book of poems is titled My Life in Poetry.
All donations brought in from Friday's event will support the local NAMI chapter and assist in their efforts to provide education, support and advocacy for people affected by a mental illness.
My Life in Poetry can be found here
. or on Amazon by request.