On a recent January night, Sarah Harmon, a mental health therapist, yoga teacher and founder of “School of Mom” gathered a group of local moms for a screaming session in a giant field that would muffle the sound. She said the idea first came about at the beginning of the pandemic while talking with moms about rage.
“I was educating them about anger and how underneath anger there’s so many more emotions — there’s sadness, there’s anxiety, there’s fear, there’s resentment — and they had no place to put it,” she said on TODAY Friday. "Moms were at home and not in community, and just struggling."
Harmon initially brought up the idea of a screaming session casually while talking with clients, and they loved it. So she planned the first event in March 2021. Recently, her clients were hungry for more, so Harmon planned another screaming session.
"We got together and we let it out," she said.
During the session, Harmon led participants through five rounds of screaming. They eased into things with a regular scream — nothing too fancy — and she used her child's light-up unicorn as a prop to cue the scream.
Up next, she encouraged the moms to yell profanities. The group then moved on to a "free for all" scream where everyone screamed whatever they wanted to.