On Season 7 of The TMI Project Story Hour: Vicarious Resilience, join host Eva Tenuto as she highlights the brave souls who stepped on stage and shared the truth about their lived experience to raise awareness and break the stigma around mental illness. 

The TMI Project Story Hour enters its 7th Season with Vicarious Resilience: Storytelling for Mental Health, a collection of stories in celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month. 

Vicarious Resilience spans 6 episodes featuring true stories on topics including depression, schizophrenia, substance abuse, and generational trauma, and recovery, all written and performed through TMI Project’s true storytelling programs.

Podcast Host

Eva Tenuto

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

“One of the most rewarding parts of working at TMI Project is seeing what storytellers look like when they step off stage. It often looks like they’re floating out of the theater. They look taller; lighter. It’s as if something has truly been lifted. To be able to witness that over and over fills my spirit. I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do.”

Eva Tenuto is the co-founder and executive director of TMI Project. Since 2010, Eva has brought the true storytelling organization from her living room to the United Nations, and many places in between. TMI Project stories are now being listened to worldwide on the award-winning podcast, The TMI Project Story Hour. Eva is the editor and director of multiple solo shows, one of which was awarded Best Comedic Script in the United Solo Festival. Her award-winning docu-short, Vicarious Resilience, celebrated its world premiere at The Woodstock Film Festival. Her second docu-short, Locker Room Talk, debuts in 2024. Her essays have appeared in assorted anthologies and at Longreads.com.


Eva is NOT Mentally Ill

Pronouns: She/Her

For years, Eva resisted the idea of medication, while simultaneously self-medicating her ever-present depression. However, when running, herbal supplements, binge drinking, and all the other tactics she’s tried still leave her unable to stop crying, she finally takes the plunge.

Morris: The Mind of Someone like Me

Pronouns: He/Him

Morris has learned how to navigate a life filled with challenges by finding solace in keeping busy with all the things he enjoys, from watercolor painting to working out mathematical equations. However, when TMI Project offered a storytelling workshop in collaboration with the Mental Health Association of Ulster County (MHA), he was hesitant to join. When he decided to overcome his fear of public speaking and give it a try, though, he transformed into a powerful storyteller.

Patty Refuses to Follow in Wild Bill's Footsteps

Pronouns: She/Her

In her own recovery from alcoholism, Patty sifts through resentments toward her father, known to most as Wild Bill, after navigating a lifetime of family chaos and grief, all sparked by his drinking and wild ways. Listen to hear how Patty came to see herself in her father, and find the compassion to forgive him, and ultimately herself.

Tyana is Made of Magic

Pronouns: She/Her

As a result of historical and generational trauma, Tyana’s elders are not comfortable expressing anxiety and depression. She feels she’s being trained to smile through trauma. Listen to hear how Tyana discovers she has a superpower; a world where she is made of magic.

Jonathan Finds His Child's Pose

Pronouns: He/Him

The youngest of four boys in a family that abides by a “stifle-your-feelings” approach to life, Jonathan learns how to process his chaotic life through his dreams. At 9-years-old, he’s awoken from a recurring nightmare to find it’s become a reality.

Sam Finds a Ripple of Hope with the Grateful Dead

Pronouns: He/Him

When Sam finds himself at St. Christophers for the second time – an in-patient addiction treatment facility – he discovers an unexpected solace when he becomes a church choir director. When his community learns of a tragic loss, Sam helps them find harmony within the chaos.

About TMI Project & the Podcast

Since 2010, TMI Project has led nearly 150 true storytelling workshops and staged live storytelling performances by over 3,000 storytellers, which have been presented to audiences of nearly 250,000. In the past, you had to wait on line to get seated in an off-broadway theater, a cafeteria in a detention center, or perhaps you were coming to hear activists perform their stories at the United Nations. Now, you can listen from anywhere in the world. Tune in and join us. While you listen, don’t forget to ask yourself, “What is my TMI story?” We all have one.

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TMI Project programming is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

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