Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tolson 4 TEARS Cheers "Surviving Spirit" Michael Skinner

Surviving Spirit was founded by Michael Skinnera folk/rock musician with a message. He delves into his emotional resources to serve as an advocate for victims of child abuse and the mentally ill. Then he fills his songs with heartfelt lyrics and melodies that serve as a voice for others. Mike started his advocacy work after receiving a diagnosis of PTSD, which was no doubt a result of the horrific child abuse he suffered. The debilitating depression derailed him, causing him to lose not only his job at the time, but also friends who did not understand the nature of his condition. Instead of hiding in silence, Mike started speaking out to increase awareness of mental illness and child abuse. Here is a video of Mike performing “Brush Away Your Tears.” Visit Mike at Hopefully you will catch him performing and/or speaking at an event near you! See him on YouTube! You can also like the Facebook page here.

Surviving Spirit has developed The Freedom To Soar Award, a prestigious certificate that recognizes individuals for their “outstanding achievement of maintaining dignity, self-respect, poise and growth in the aftermath of what has been endured. Our logo, a colorful bird soaring in-flight, represents the heart of The Surviving Spirit whose mission is to promote Hope, Healing and Help for those impacted by trauma, abuse or mental health concerns. This coveted award has been designed using the colors and symbolism of Surviving Spirit's soaring bird logo. Hanging on your wall, this certificate will serve as a constant reminder of how far you have come and how high you can soar. Give The Freedom To Soar Award to someone who deserves to be acknowledged, encouraged and supported as a soaring free spirit... including yourself! You can purchase a certificate at the web store (link).

Michael Skinner shares the healing art of others at the Surviving Spirit web store (see link). Mike says, "One of our primary purposes is to help promote, market and sell the creative works of those affected by trauma, abuse and mental health concerns at fair market prices. It is hard enough to make a living as a professional artist, musician, author, etc, but when someone has to deal with the above mentioned health issues, that creates even more problems to contend with in trying to pursue your muse. Our web store contains both resources for our visitors and features work by those who have been affected by trauma, abuse and mental health concerns. Your purchase of the creative work that the Surviving Spirit represents is a good deed on many levels. It allows the Surviving Spirit to continue its mission of providing a healing outlet for those whose lives have been impacted by sexual abuse, trauma or mental health issues. It represents belief in the healing power of art while encouraging the self-esteem of the artist. Your purchase is an affirmation that a helping hand is preferable to a handout and that an act of creating rather than destroying is the true chain than connects us. Please browse the categories at the top of this page to see the breadth of resources and items we have available.

Surviving Spirit operates through the generosity of volunteers. If you're interested in seeing what resources Surviving Spirit shares, and the news regarding advocacy, you can email here to receive the newsletter. Surviving Spirit is on Twitter @SurvivinSpirit

You can listen to Michael Skinner share his story of trauma and recovery here. He discusses healing through the creative outlets with host Mary Woods on Voice America.

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