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How do you become a mental health advocate? How do you break down stigma surrounding mental illness? How do you start to heal, love, and accept yourself with a mental illness?
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Mental illness makes us feel SO alone sometimes. What you don't know is that hundreds of thousands of people are feeling the same way that you do with some of the same symptoms! There is so much healing and power in connecting with individuals who have experienced mental illness. You don't ever have to be or feel alone with your experience.
Also, you don't have to have a mental illness to be an advocate! Do you support better care for mental health? Do you have empathy and compassion for the topic of mental health? Speak up and let people know you support others in their mental illness challenges and you will be an advocate as well!
Ro Vitale and Chrissie Hodges, both advocates for mental health share their experiences of how powerful sharing their personal stories changed their lives and others.
Thank you for the support and courage to share your own journey!
An unexpected turn in our conversation has co-host, Tim Blue and myself talking about the challenges of personal stigma that we face when we are diagnosed with a mental illness. How is it that all is lost about what we believe we are and what we could be just by a simple diagnosis? Check out our show and hear our thoughts on the topic!
It's hard enough having romantic relationships WITHOUT a mental illness!? Ever wonder what it is like to try to have a 'normal' relationship while living with a monstrous disorder in your brain? Tim Blue and I will talk about some of the difficulties as well as some good advice on how to navigate relationships with mental illness (hopefully successfully!!)
Jennifer Hill from the Colorado Mental Wellness Network will also be joining to talk about their services here in Colorado as well as their upcoming fundraiser!
Mental illness is rough on relationships of any kind, especially on couples. “The stress level often stretches into a crisis mode, in which managing the illness becomes, for all intents and purposes, the sole function of the relationship.”
“The mental illness has a way of directing the functionality and dynamic of the relationship, rather than the individuals involved. Nevertheless we have to remember that the people involved in the relationship have the ultimate control.
Join me, MSKeepItMoving and my special cohost, Michael “QuietStorm” Walton as we discuss the strain Mental Illness can put on your relationships. Get some tips on how you can maintain a healthy relationship rather than being consumed and controlled by Mental Illness.
Dial into the show from where ever you are. The number is (773)897-6470 or click the link below to listen online. Join us and bring someone with you.
Oftentimes we focus so much on the individual suffering with mental illness, we tend to overlook the impact it has on our families. Family deals with stigma, suffering, and pain as well and often feels helpless with their loved one and within the system. Their voices are JUST as important as the individual stories of triumph over mental illness.
Today, Eunice Brownlee will join me and talk about what it is like to have a father who lives with bipolar disorder. She has not only become HIS advocate, but a powerful voice in the advocacy movement for mental health.
Please join me as I talk to Eunice about how she defines her role as a child of someone with bipolar but has to play the role of an authority figure in his life to get what he needs in the system.
Much thanks to Eunice and all she does in our movement.
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Join Sharon Sayler as she shares her favorite tips, tricks and travel hacks to make one of her life-long passions enjoyable even with a chronic illness. This is the show if you are – or know – a passionate adventureer and traveler with physical challenges that are unwilling to let those challeges stop them! Learn how to make your trips easier for everyone!
Sharon Sayler welcomes author Toni Bernhard to Life Interrupted Radio’s special Autoimmune Series for a fascinating interview from someone who is living well with a chronic illness while helping others to live well too regardless of their diagnosis.
Looking back over her 14-years since her diagnosis, Toni will reveal what she has discovered about living life to its fullest and how you can uncover your whole new life. Just some of what Sharon and Toni will share is:
- How thinking small leads to a bigger, fuller life
- How to move out or your stories into possibilities and opportunities
- How to practice mindfulness without the meditation
- How to welcome the “blues” and painful emotions and what to do next….
Toni Bernhard is the author of three critically-acclaimed books, How to Be Sick, How to Wake Up, and the just-released How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness. In this conversational interview Toni shares practical tips she has learned from her 14 years of living well even with a chronic illness. She also writes for Psychology Today online where her popular blog is titled, “Turning Straw Into Gold.” You can learn more about Toni and her books at her website www. tonibernhard.com.
Talking with Regal Fro, editor of The Emotional Detox Life about her incredible journey through psychosis and her resulting path to advocacy.
I was mesmerized by Laqwanda's story-telling, how open she is about her experience, and her passion and drive to help others feel not so alone. It is so incredible to listen to someone fully disclose experiences with mental illness with compassion for themselves at the time with a touch of humor. There is no better way to race toward recovery than to be able to see yourself in your mental illness and find the ability to laugh! This was my kind of interview!
Tune in to hear her fascinating story, and I hope she will come back on sometime and share more!
You can find more about her and her advocacy on youtube.com at onementalvlogger
Not one couple is problem-free, no matter how much love the relationship has. If you are problem-free, consider yourself extremely blessed! One problem that gets very little acknowledgement in marriages is when a partner/spouse has a Mental illness. Mental illness is often shoved to the side for external family members such as: parents, siblings, etc…It’s almost taboo to speak of it in relationships. Tonight, we’re going to tackle that very thing….The impact mental illness has on marriages. There are a plethora of mental Illnesses that readily afflict people. We will only scratch the surface.
Do you sometimes wonder if you have a mental illness? Do you have suspicions that your spouse has a mental illness? Are you at your wits-end? What are some tips you can apply to your marriage to help sustain it while being plagued by mental illness?
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