Bring First Responders to Your Community

Erasing the Distance - First Responders

For First Responders, an Erasing the Distance story showcase, first-hand mental health experiences from a police officer and a firefighter were collected; the stigmas, the challenges, and the potential for healing.

The stories were performed at Chicago Dramatists on November 12, 13, and 14. Each performance sold out. The project garnered so much attention, Artistic Director Heather Bodie and Brian Warner, a former Chicago police officer who shared his story for First Responderswere featured on media channels throughout the Chicago area, including CBS 2, Fox 32 and WLS 890.

More first responders stories are being collected, shaped, and performed. To learn more about how to share these stories with your community, view the flyer or email Jana Ross at

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Your program opened up an opportunity to talk with my beloved partner about his experience with his former spouse, who was bipolar and schizophrenic, as well as sharing my own. We discovered a number of places that remain raw, and we deepened our understanding about one another’s points of view. Thank you for your work. Thank you.

– Audience Member

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