A Short Educational Film based on 'MY SELF'

Since publishing 'MY self' two years ago, I've traveled around the country sharing my experience, strength, and hope to break the silence and stigma of mental health and addiction. As an educational tool, I'm partnering with Tarleton Dawn Productions to  create an insanely powerful emotional visual tool to positively impact my audiences. I can't do it alone, and need your help to raise money for this project to help spread awareness.

Kelley Kitley’s 'My Self': An Autobiography of Survival is being adapted into a short educational film to impact social change. Kelley's Documentary created by A Sunny Space can be found here: https://www.asunnyspace.com/featured/kelley-kitley 

A Chicago native, psychotherapist, www.kelleykitley.com and graduate of The University of Illinois at Chicago, Kelley suffered from depression, PTSD, anorexia/bulimia, alcohol abuse, panic disorder, and post-partum depression. Her harrowing tale is rich in detail, joyful, brutal, and relevant.

Heidi Stevens, Chicago Tribune columnist, ‘Balancing Act’, said this about Kelley’s book: “MySelf is a powerful story of resilience, pain, love, longing, courage and, above all, family. It’s a deeply human look at life with a complicated father, a mother who dares to ask for more, and siblings, friends and strangers who sear themselves into Kelley’s conscience and shape her into the brave, authentic person she is today. Many readers will see themselves in Kelley’s story and grow stronger from her telling it.” Surviving MySelf is a story every American – every person – can relate to.

Sixteen million people in the United States suffer from alcoholism and many go untreated. One in twenty-five adults in the U.S. suffer from severe mental illness in each given year. Mood disorders, including major depression, dysthymic disorder and bipolar disorder, are the third most common cause of hospitalization in the U.S. for both youth and adults aged 18–44. Left untreated, the resulting symptoms range from alcoholism and drug addiction to incarcerations, homelessness and suicide. Despite these statistics, nearly 60% of adults with a mental illness didn’t receive mental health services in the previous year. The majority of those living without treatment are women, despite the fact, that along a spectrum that includes generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, specific phobias, posttraumatic stress disorder and major depressive disorder, women are twice as more likely to be affected than men.

Those suffering from these illnesses and addictions directly affect the emotional health of their families, their co-workers, and their community.


Kelley Kitley
Chicago, IL

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