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Our mission

Are you hiding behind a mask based on fear of discovery? Every day you hide your deepest feelings from those around you. Your face and voice try to prevent the revelation that you are suffering from a mental illness.


Slaying Dragons will help you break that mask. Our not-for-profit (501c3) organization’s mission is to destroy the stigma of mental illness. Topics addressed through the productions have included depression, PTSD, and Alzheimer's. These performances, augmented by discussion sessions with a mental health professional, have drawn upon a broad variety of source materials from the works of William Shakespeare to new original pieces such as "Voices of Depression" by Slaying Dragons Artistic Director Helene Meyer. 

We restore hope for tomorrow. How will we succeed? Our unique approach reaches all populations of religion, race, gender, age and ethnicity. We want to bring hope to as many people as we can and help them see the value of their lives.

Collins Lewis, mental health professional and a Slaying Dragons board member, is shown here facilitating the discussion following a Slaying Dragons performance.


“... groups like Slaying Dragons offer people suffering from mental illness a chance to express feelings, share ideas and thoughts, and to grow past any anxiety issues ....”

- Reed E. Simpson MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine

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