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Giggle Merchant. Speaker. Writer. Advocate

Melinda R. Hasbrouck, JD, MPH

Melinda lives in Washington, D.C. and self-identifies as a current consumer of mental health services, who is in active recovery from serious mental illnesses. She also dabbles in stand-up comedy, sings really bad karaoke and creatively shares her recovery stories using multiple mediums. Read more about Melinda by clicking here

Recovery Monologues

The Recovery Monologues by Melinda Hasbrouck


Recovery is defined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) as a “process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.” 


A Monologue is defined as “a dramatic sketch performed by one actor.” It is also defined as “the routine of a stand-up comic."


The Recovery Monologues is a collection of videos and audio recordings made by Melinda and shared to help others process active change to improve their lives through health and wellness. Melinda shares her stories to remove multiple masks that kept her safe throughout her life during traumatic situations. These defense mechanisms were vital to her survival but are no longer needed for her continued evolution of authenticity. Through the release or destruction of each mask, Melinda can release the weight and stress of trauma she’s carried and cumulated over her lifespan by allowing herself to exist in safe, vulnerable moments of expression.