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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!
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.
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
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.
I have been hosting this show for almost 3 years, and have been unable to find anyone who will come on and openly discuss their experience with PTSD.
Join me today as I speak with Hillaire Phillips to talk about her experience with PTSD, how it manifests in her life and what she does to manage it.
Lauren Gardner is a passionate advocate for those living with and in recovery with eating disorders. Anorexia and Bulimia are so misunderstood by the public as well as stigmatized in a way that is harmful by the media. Fueled in the last few decades by a weight-obsessed society, both men and women can be affected and all consumed by the debilitating and life-threatening effects of eating disorders.
Lauren is going to give us a glance into her personal experience living with an eating disorder as well as some ways to help us eliminate the dangerous stigma surrounding them.
OCD advocate extraordinaire, Shannon Shy is joining me today to talk about living successfully with OCD and inspiring others to keep working toward recovery.
Shannon is the epitome of advocating for hope for people struggling with OCD. His daily motivations on social media and his 2 published books serve as a reminder and encouragement to others who need to feel less alone in their fight against OCD.
Check out our interview here and join us afterward on Google Hangouts for a post interview wrap up face to face!
Want to see our post interview recap? Tune in here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvdtSlmr_Lo
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