The Pikes Peak Library District’s Human Library allows people to hear the stories of people with different life experiences, such as a victim of domestic violence, a transgender person, an addict, or a refugee.
The goal of these conversations is to break down stereotypes and have a productive dialogue.
Michael Bilickhahn and his mom, Becky Loften, participated because he has been diagnosed with schizophrenia.
“Letting people know what’s going on with people like me,” Bilickhahn said. “I think it’s a better way to actually get that kind of message out there.”
“I just think this has been a really powerful experience, especially for Michael, who’s been able to share and express some of the things that–he doesn’t really talk about his mental illness a lot, so it’s been an extremely positive thing for him, and for me to watch that, as his mom,” Loften said.