This week’s special guest on the Hope Matrix is Dr. Zachary Burton. Zack co-founded and leads The Manic Monologues, a play and film honoring true stories of mental health and illness to disrupt stigma. The Manic Monologues has drawn accolades from NPR, The Washington Post, Broadway World, Modern Healthcare, and others, and in just a few days, will see a unique pandemic-era virtual premiere with full Broadway and Hollywood cast.
In Episode 13 of the Hope Matrix, Kathryn and Zack address the stigma and feelings of hopelessness sometimes associated with mental health conditions. Zack opens up about living with bipolar disorder, and they discuss the hope tools that they both use to minimize triggers, manage their stress responses, and stay in their upstairs brains.
Zack also shares the motivation and inspiration behind The Manic Monologues. Created by Zack following his own psychotic break in 2017, The Manic Monologues uses twenty stories to represent the diverse experiences of living with mental health conditions, and strives to find stories of hope amidst the obstacles. The Manic Monologues can be viewed for free, virtually on February 18th.
To watch The Manic Monologues, visit https://www.mccarter.org/manicmonologues
More About Zack:
Zack earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University and A.B. from Bowdoin College, and lives with bipolar disorder. He is Board Member to the Columbia-WHO Center for Global Mental Health, Advisory Committee Member to Generation Mental Health, and a founding Board Director to the Coalition for Action for Preventive Mental Health in Kenya. He is a past Advisory Council Member to Bring Change to Mind, and is a Stability Leader with The Stability Network. As Managing Editor of the nonprofit The Better Because Collective, he helps individuals publish stories of post-traumatic growth, while his own work has been published by International Bipolar Foundation, Devex, United Nations, The Wall Street Journal, and numerous scientific journals. He has been invited to speak for TEDx, California Hospital Association, Stanford School of Medicine, Project Happiness, the U.S. Department of State, and others.