Poet & Author to Discuss Personal Journey with Son’s Schizophrenia at Green Street UMC

By Staff


The Mental Health Association in Forsyth County is sponsoring a rescheduled event featuring poetry readings from Sonia Usatch-Kuhn. Usatch-Kuhn’s chapbook, “Regarding My Son,” depicts the story of her son’s paranoid schizophrenia diagnosis from 35 years ago to the present day. The North Carolina author’s collection explores “her observations of the hospital wards, the pain, hopelessness, stigma, hope, fear, wonder, frustration, doubt and process” toward her son’s recovery.

Through her work, Usatch-Kuhn strives to help others understand the disorder, and to remove the stigmas associated with mental illnesses as a whole. The poet’s work addresses the soul crushing moments when her son was institutionalized, and when he did not speak for two years. Ms. Usatch-Kuhn also wrote poetry about the moments of joy when he began to distinguish reality from his paranoia and hallucinations.

The event will take place at the Green Street United Methodist Church beginning at 6:30 pm. For more information about the reading, please contact the Mental Health Association in Forsyth County at 336/768-3880. The event is free and open to the public.