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  • Many Faces of Our Mental Health: The 99 Faces Project: Live Virtual Event on Veterans Day, Nov. 11

    PORTSMOUTH — On Nov. 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. at One New Hampshire Ave. in Portsmouth—or virtually from 3 to 4: p.m.—Two International Group is hosting an open house for the exhibit: Many Faces of Our Mental Health: The 99 Faces Project.

    Participants can attend in person and/or register for the virtual event, which will include a pre-recorded discussion between the artist, Lynda Michaud Cutrell and (Ret.) Brigadier General Don Bolduc, who reflect on the importance and challenges of caring for the mental health of active duty and retired military members and their families.

    The virtual tour and discussion following the onsite tour will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. and will include (Ret.) Brigadier General Don Bolduc; Chief of Wellness for the NH National Guard, Richard Oberman; and artist, Lynda Cutrell. Anyone can join the conversation: Join the free Zoom Webinar: https://tinyurl.com/y39lnpj4

    Renee Plummer, Vice President of Marketing for Two International Group, is a long time supporter of veterans, military members and their families. “We’re thrilled to be able to show this exhibit throughout the halls here at One New Hampshire Avenue at the Pease Tradeport. It’s an important project that we hope will create an insightful dialogue, raise awareness and reduce the stigmas associated with mental illness,” said Plummer.

    The open house from 1 to 3 p.m. will feature onsite tours with artist Lynda Cutrell. The exhibit includes 99 portraits of individuals who are either working through challenges with bipolar or schizophrenia, or is a person who loves someone who is. The exhibit also features two sculptures and several paintings depicting the science behind these mental health issues, all created by Cutrell.

    Cutrell teamed up with Dr. Bruce Cohen, MD, PhD, neuroscientist and former president of McLean Hospital, and Rae Simpson, PhD, a science journalist, to create a stunning and impactful exhibit intended to shatter stigma around mental illness and mental health challenges.

    Cutrell said, “My goal with the 99 Faces Project is to challenge our views of mental health stigmas. Thirty-three of the individuals pictured are on the schizophrenia spectrum, 33 are on the bipolar spectrum, and 33 of the individuals pictured are people who love them. Through this project, I hope to raise awareness and to encourage those on the path to recovery, and their family members, because so many are affected.”

    Due to COVID-19, the host asks all patrons to wear masks and practice social distancing while visiting the exhibit in person. The exhibit will be on display and open to the public through March 2021.

    Many Faces of Our Mental Health, The 99 Faces Project focuses on the importance of understanding mental health challenges among civilians, veterans, service members, and their families, and ways to build community resilience in these uncertain times. Learn more about the artist at http://www.lyndacutrell.com/ . For information about the open house call Renee Plummer/Two International Group at (603) 436-8686.