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  • 00:46

    Need Help? Why a Peer Support Group Might be Your Answer.

    in Self Help

    April 16, 2015 - LIVING A RICHER LIFE ~ Life Changing Talk Radio

    THEME: Need Help? Why a Peer Support Group Might Be Your Answer

    INTERVIEW GUESTS: Duana Wilkins, Darryl Walker and Cindy Koumoutzis

    Duana Wilkins is the Co-founder and National Executive Director of Change Addiction Now & President of Washington State C.A.N. 

    Darryl Walker is the National Assistant Executive Director of C.A.N. and Georgia State Leader. 

    Cindy Koumoutzis is the Founder, Regional Director and Ohio State Director


    Peer support for people with similar life experiences has proven to be tremendously important towards helping many move through difficult situations. These similar life experiences may include people who have lost children, people with alcohol and substance abuse problems, and etc.  In general, the value of peer support has been substantiated by the fact that people who have like experiences can better relate and can consequently offer more authentic empathy and validation. A Peer Support Group is a voluntary gathering of people with similar challenges to share experiences, reveal coping strategies and offer understanding. Tonight we will take a closer look at the peer support group concept through the eyes a newly formed organization whose mission is to embrace, educate and empower families and communities impacted by substance use disorder. Can a Peer Support Group be what you have been looking for?

  • 00:29

    Transforming a Life: the Power of Peer Support

    in Health

    In this talk, you will hear Emily Grossman, MA, CPRP Recovery Specialist and Trainer, OnTrackNY, share a first-hand account of her experience living with and recovering from Bipolar Disorder, as well as how she used this experience to help others, first as a Peer Provider in a Community Mental Health Center, and currently as a trainer of mental health professionals.  Emily will explore the definition and role of peer providers as well as her experience working in this exciting field.  Finally, she will talk about how the Center for Practice Innovations is using Peer Providers to advance their work.  The talk will be moderated by Dacia Morris, MSW, New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia Psychiatry Research Recruitment Liaison. Please join us for this informative discussion.

    The Center for Practice Innovations (CPI) supports the New York State Office of Mental Health's mission to promote the widespread availability of evidence-based practices to improve mental health services, ensure accountability, and promote recovery-oriented outcomes for consumers and families. The CPI serves as a key resource to OMH by spreading those practices identified by OMH as most critical to accomplish OMH's system-transformation initiatives. For information about the Center for Practice Innovations please go to http://practiceinnovations.org/AboutCPI/tabid/172/Default.aspx or call 646 774-8422

  • 00:24

    What does Accreditation & Certification mean for Peer Support???

    in Self Help

    This will be part  of 2 segments.  We will discuss what Acreditation and Certification means to a Certified Peer Specialist.  Accreditation can be a way that validates the role of Peer Support. And a Certified Peer Specialist can demonstrate how dedicated they are to the field.  Calls will be accepted at 646-668-2478.

  • 01:59

    Late Night with Hero Chris Hansen and Host yvonne Smith

    in Current Events

    Chris Hansen hails from New Zealand. Her chief qualification for this work is her own lived experience of being diagnosed, treated, locked up and coerced in the mental health system. Before her official and very public promotion to this certified status, Chris worked as a manager of a Community Mental Health Service. As a result she lost her job, home, custody of a child, all her friends and much of her personal dignity and self-respect (this was a small town, and a source of much gossip). She discovered, in the process, that the real impetus and inspiration for her journey forward did not come from the people who were paid to be there, it came from the peers who sat beside her in the smoking room, where the most life-giving conversations happened. . Over the last fifteen years she has been involved in local, regional, national and international peer support and advocacy initiatives, and in mental health sector planning and politics from a service user perspective. Other roles have included leadership within the “Like Minds, Like Mine” project (NZ’s award-winning project to counter stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness), research for the NZ Mental Health Commission, and involvement in the development of the NZ national mental health workforce development strategy. Chris was a member of the New Zealand delegation to the United Nations for the development of the Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and has served on the board of the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry. She played a key role in the conception and development of a peer-run crisis alternative. Chris became interested in Intentional Peer Support then years ago when looking for non-coercive ways to support one another through difficult times and crisis. She is married to Shery Mead, the founder and developer of Intentional Peer Support, and is now the director of IPS.

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  • 00:34

    Promoting Economic Empowerment & Recovery through Peer Support

    in Health

    Oscar Jimenez-Solomon, MPH, Research Scientist & Research Coordinator, NYS Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence, NYS Psychiatric Institute

    Peggy Swarbrick, PhD, FAOTA, Wellness Institute Director, Collaborative Support Programs of NJ, Associate Professor, Rutgers University

    Poverty and dependency are barriers to the recovery and rehabilitation of people seeking mental health recovery. Clinicians, peer providers, consumers, families, and community services must work together to help individuals achieve financial stability and wellness.

    This talk presents lessons of the Collaborative Support Programs of NJ (CSP-NJ) in providing financial services for people in mental health recovery and examples of asset-building services available in many communities. It also describes key components of a peer-facilitated economic empowerment intervention being developed by the NYSPI Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence in partnership with the Wellness Institute at CSP-NJ, the Mental Health Peer Connection (Buffalo, NY), Baltic Street (Brooklyn, NY) and other organizations providing peer and asset-building services, such as the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS), the United Way of Buffalo and Western NY, and the National Disability Institute.

    For more information about the Peer Supported Economic Empowerment (PSEE) project, please contact Oscar Jimenez-Solomon at: jsolomo@nyspi.columbia.edu.

     For more information about CSP-NJ's financial services and Word Wellness Newsletter, please contact Peggy Swarbrick at: pswarbrick@cspnj.org

    For more information on the Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence please go to  http://nyculturalcompetence.org/

  • 00:28

    Mental Health ... The Invisible Illness Call In Show

    in Self Help

    We are back ... some much needed time away and now fully refreshed. Where are you at? Do you find you need time to yourself when things just get too much. Also, Intentional Peer Support do you have experience of this, I've just finished a training course based around this and found it inspiring and I had my question answered what is the difference between Peer Support and Intentional Peer Support. The UK is catching up with this concept .. finally!  Want to know more? Photography .. do you find it helps your mood ?  I'd love you to call in and share your thoughts on any of these things or anything else you want to share :)

  • 00:29

    What does Accreditation & Certification mean for Peer Support??

    in Self Help

    This will be part 1 of 2 segments.  We will discuss what Acreditation and Certification means to a Certified Peer Specialist.  Accreditation can be a way that validates the role of Peer Support. And a Certified Peer Specialist can demonstrate how dedicated they are to the field.  Calls will be accepted at 646-668-2478

  • 03:01

    Late Night with Joey Giggles

    in Health


    Hey everyone,

    I'm proud to announce my partnership with the great Brain Injury Radio Team (braininjuryradio.com)... I will be doing a show there called Late Night with Joeygiggles , taking the place of the Matt Duffin Show , for a short period of time, due to illness... He will be returning on May 17th.

    I will be moving to Saturday nights in this same time slot effective May 16th. More details on the show...So listen!!

  • 02:00

    MadU: with hosts Sarah Knutson and Lauren Tenney: An Evening with Pat Risser

    in Current Events

    Tonight on Mad U – 9-11 PM EASTERN. An Evening with Pat Risser. Pat Risser has been a psych rights activist and advocate for nearly 3 decades. His journey from childhood trauma/ abuse to mental health system trauma/ abuse to peer-supported recovery, healing and wholeness is powerful and compelling. In this episode, Pat will take us on a tour of his life, his work, his writing and his webpage. He’ll share his experience of what helped, what didn’t, where we’ve come as a movement, what needs to change, and how we can go about getting there.

    From Pat: "I had been brainwashed by the psychiatric system to be hopeless, helpless and overly dependent. So now I've dedicated the greater part of my life to try and reach people who are currently affected by the system and deprogram them from the cult of psychiatry."

    About Pat: Pat is a semi-retired, award-winning Mental Health Consultant who provides training and workshops for consumers/survivors throughout the country. Pat has extensive experience as an author trainer, facilitator, presenter and consultant. He’s been a human rights activist, mental health advocate and trauma champion for over twenty-five years. Pat has built and directed a statewide consumer network, directed a patients' rights program and developed countless self-help, peer support groups. Pat entered the mental health system at age 21. He survived over 20 hospitalizations for a raft of purported diagnosis entitling him to a boatload of pyschiatric drugs, none of which helped. He brings perspectives as a consumer/survivor, professional provider, administrator and family member.

    To check out Pat's extensive website: www.patrisser.com

    To talk with Pat, Sarah, and Lauren, and be part of the show, call (267)521-0167

  • Dream Catchers - The Independent Living Model - LesPaul

    in Motivation

    Tonight is going to be about the real life heart to heart struggles that survivors are going through around the World. Because I work for an Independent Living Center which is a civil rights organization run bye and for people with disabilities I sit in a unique position to offer peer Support and Advocacy as both a survivor and as a peer support specialist with a disability who aqlso lives the struggle so I need support as well!!!

    Stop thinking of disability as a loss but instead a way to learn and discover new and positive traits about yourself. If you don’t know it yet you the survivor offer the best recovery tools available when you dare to make a difference and start fighting all of the negative self-talk and get motivated to live a bold new life without limits and take back your destiny.

    Special Note. I may play a prerecorded show for the 1st 45 minutes or more tonight due to my own personal struggles that I am going through right now but once I finish and I hope to do so early I will come on live and we will do a live call in show!

  • 02:41

    "Be Positive" with Shannon Marie ~ Meet Doug Smith

    in Self Help

    Please join Shannon Marie for a dose of positive attitude!!!  I'm going to give you three words to describe tonight's guest - HOCKEY, INSPIRATION, WINNER. Those words all encompass a man that I have the honor to introduce you to on my show. Doug Smith is a multiple brain injury survivor and survivor of a high level spinal cord injury which ended his professional sports career. Today he is a leader in the education, awareness and terminology surrounding brain injury and the process of brain repair. He has written four books that are just fantastic so tune in to learn all about them.


    You can access the show by clicking the link above or by dialing 424-243-9540.

    For toll-free calling in the USA dial 855-473-3711.

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    You can also Skype-in as well.  The link can also be used after the live show, for "On Demand" listening at your leisure.  We'll also be rocking out to the tunes of Nate Leslie.  By all means, BE POSITIVE!!!  

    This broadcast is by Shannon Marie Hilbert.