Anne Barbano's The Next Frontier

Title: Stigma Free - ME2 Orchestra
Guest: Ronald Braunstein and Caroline Whiddon
Recorded on: 03/28/2013

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'EVERY orchestra in the country has members with mental illness... the difference is that ME2 Orchestra acknowledges this and actively recruits players who have mental health issues, while in most orchestras (and other groups) people struggle with stigma.' So says ME2 Orchestra, co-founded by Ronald Braunstein and Caroline Whiddon. They also say 'ME2 is a stigma-free zone.' They were my guests tonight sharing their own diagnoses of bipolar and panic/anxiety disorders while telling the story what ME2 Orchestra personally means to them.