The Origin of Post Family Secrets

Welcome to Post Family Secrets. My name is Maxine, I am the founder, owner, and creator of Post Family Secrets. I am also a retired teacher and artist; but more importantly, the mother of a much-loved son diagnosed with schizophrenia.

I created this blog as both a support system for families with loved ones diagnosed with mental illness, and as an ongoing art project to raise awareness about mental illness and its ramifications. I chose the name "Family Secrets" because unfortunately in most families, mental illness is just that--a family secret. Through Post Family Secrets I hope that others may share their hopes, dreams, burdens, confusion, and an innumerable number of other emotions that mental illness plays on the self, families, and society.

My gift to you is that I would like post a variety of work each week. Many of your posts will become part of an ongoing art project which will eventually become a nationwide traveling exhibit bringing awareness--and hopefully an end--to the stigmas associated with all mental illness. Part of the show will be opening November 2007, here in Cincinnati. More details will follow.

Topic which you might consider reflecting upon this week(3/12):

How did you react to the diagnosis given to you or your loved one?

How Do I Send My Family Secrets?

This will be achieved with complete anonymity by mailing whatever message you would like to share with others who have mental illness-related family secrets. I will then post items on my blog for others to view, so that they may discover that they too are not alone. Your mail item is what I call free form art: You are encouraged to use images, photos, drawings, symbols, whatever you like to express your thoughts and feelings.

Multiple postcards, letters, and small art works are welcome as well. If you create a post card use one side of the card to place your message, art, or image. Use the other side for mailing with your stamp to the following address:

Maxine Apke

Post Family Secrets

P.O. Box 40388

Cincinnati, OH 45240-0388

Saturday, March 3, 2007

Wednesday, February 21, 2007