Profiles: Shamaine Buencamino

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Award-winning actor Shamaine Buencamino continues to pick up the pieces almost four years after the tragic death of her 15-year-old daughter Julia, who suffered from mental health issues.

While acting has been a crucial part of her healing process, Shamaine has also discovered its power to heal others, as she learned through a course in drama therapy – one of many ways that art helps alleviate the hardship of mental illness. By mustering her passion and intensity as an actor, she’s become a messenger of hope to other teens suffering as Julia did, and to parents who may be struggling with the difficult circumstances, as Shamaine has.

Learn more about Shamaine’s journey and mental health advocacy through The Julia Buencamino Project, which aims to build a community where those dealing with mental illness can express themselves without fear of judgment.