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Giving Voice to Depression is a crowd-funded podcast that will feature personal stories about what depression feels like, what you can do to support someone who is suffering, why stigma is dangerous, what survivors can teach us about suicide, and how widely-varying the experiences of the illness can be. We are not therapists or experts. But, like many, we battle depression and have lost family members and friends to its overwhelming darkness. It’s in their honor that we began this project. Our website and funding campaign launch 2/28/17. Please spread the word so this potentially life-saving information can reach the most possible people.

Giving Voice to Depression is a crowd-funded podcast that will feature personal stories about what depression feels like, what you can do to support someone who is suffering, why stigma is dangerous, what survivors can teach us about suicide, and how widely-varying the experiences of the illness can be. We are not therapists or experts. But, like many, we battle depression and have lost family members and friends to its overwhelming darkness. It’s in their honor that we began this project. Our website and funding campaign launch 2/28/17. Please spread the word so this potentially life-saving information can reach the most possible people.
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Giving Voice to Depression is a crowd-funded podcast that will feature personal stories about what depression feels like, what you can do to support someone who is suffering, why stigma is dangerous, what survivors can teach us about suicide, and how widely-varying the experiences of the illness can be. We are not therapists or experts. But, like many, we battle depression and have lost family members and friends to its overwhelming darkness. It’s in their honor that we began this project. Our website and funding campaign launch 2/28/17. Please spread the word so this potentially life-saving information can reach the most possible people.

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Episodes

Season Six in Review

10/23/2018
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Depression is too dark a path to walk alone. Each week, caring men and women who have been there share their experiences, coping/management strategies and most importantly, messages of hope and recovery on this podcast. If you're not sure you're interested in "a podcast on depression" or if there's anything you'd relate to, sample nine episodes and find out. (There are five other season summaries too. Each episode explores a different perspective of and experience with depression.) Thank...

Duration:00:22:14

Let's Talk! (About Depression)

10/16/2018
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Brené Brown writes: “Shame derives its power from being unspeakable.” In this episode, Alex Brown takes the power away from depression by naming it as a common illness. She takes away its shame by owning it. And she takes the idea that keeping our mental-health struggles to ourselves is our best choice, and exposes it for the falsehood it is.

Duration:00:18:46

Act Before A Crisis - Maintaining Mental Health

10/9/2018
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People with heart problems do not wait for a heart attack to address them. People with diabetes do not rely solely on an epipen to control their illness. And people with mental health challenges cannot wait until suicidal thoughts necessitate emergency actions. Self-care and depression-management involve tuning in with your changing thoughts/moods, establishing and using a safety plan and personalized tools that work for you. No illness is easier to treat when it's an emergency....

Duration:00:14:23

Crisis Lines Save Lives (Corinne Purtill)

10/2/2018
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Suicide prevention hotlines are available 24/7, ensuring there is always somewhere and someone you can turn to when in crisis. That does not mean there is no one in your life who would help, though it may mean depression has convinced you that's the case. Corinne Purtill credits the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-TALK) with saving her life, and she's speaking up so that we'll know the bottom does not need to mean the end....

Duration:00:15:05

You Don't Have to Be an Expert to Make a Real Difference

9/25/2018
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Don't ever hesitate to offer empathy and support to someone who is struggling because you fear you are not "qualified" to help. Sometimes our lived-experience is the best qualification there is. An open heart and a willingness to listen without judgment are the two best gifts we can offer. Please listen to and share these stories about how a Facebook community helped two women in distress.

Duration:00:18:11

How To Offer Support To Someone Who Is Struggling - Pt2

9/18/2018
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Many who struggle with mental-health challenges wonder why people don't step up and support us. It may be partly because we don't share what we're going through (for many reasons.) It is also partly because we have not been taught HOW to be there for someone. What should we say? When should we say it? What's helpful? What's not? Our guest, Sam Dylan Finch, shares 11 ways his loved ones have supported him in mental health crises. They are proven, doable things that could really lighten...

Duration:00:18:10

How To Offer Support To Someone Who Is Struggling - Pt1

9/11/2018
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We hear (and say) "reach out for help if you need it." But for many reasons, including stigma, awkwardness, and lack of training, many people -- even those in danger-- do not. So it's our responsibility to learn how to offer help to the people in our lives who may need it. Our guest, Sam Dylan Finch, shares 11 ways his loved ones have supported him in mental health crises. They are proven, doable things that could really lighten someone's load, or even save a life. We detail five ways in...

Duration:00:18:08

Loving and Supporting Someone with Mental-Health Challenges

4/10/2018
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Rebecca Lombardo fights a battle inside her mind every single day. But she doesn't fight it alone. Listen as a Detroit-area couple shares the lessons learned in their 17-year marriage; lessons about communication, boundaries, love, and bi-polar disorder. https://www.rebeccalombardo.com/

Duration:00:16:00

Lessons Learned from Depression (Tom Wavre)

4/3/2018
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While we would all prefer to learn life lessons from much gentler teachers, depression can reveal things that are good to know. Tom Wavre, an advocate for mental health in the workplace and the founder and driving force behind www.iam1in4.com a site and social media campaign that is followed by over 70,000 globally, shares a list of things for which he is grateful to his depression.

Duration:00:15:30

Depression: The Curse of the Strong (Dr. Tim Cantopher)

3/27/2018
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A psychiatrist who has treated more than 3,000 people with depression, says it's time to re-frame how we characterize, treat and view people with depression. The current way is not only stigmatizing and potentially dangerous, but flat-out wrong in his experience. Link to Dr. Cantopher's book if you're interested in learning more: https://www.amazon.com/Depressive-Illness-Strong-Overcoming-Problems/dp/1847092357

Duration:00:18:14

The Link Between Childhood Trauma and Depression; One Family's Story

3/20/2018
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We think of depression as an illness that commonly "strikes" in teen years. But for many young children, it starts much earlier. Nicholas began having suicidal thoughts at eight. At 13, he is sharing his story for the first time in hopes of helping other kids who might be suffering like he did.

Duration:00:15:45

Treating the Causes vs. the Symptoms of Depression (Dr. James Greenblatt)

3/13/2018
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A pioneer in integrative medicine and psychiatry says we need to look beyond meds to all available tools when treating depression; and that certain tests (blood, urine, hair, etc.) can uncover underlying causes.

Duration:00:16:30

Depression 101+

3/6/2018
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A clinical psychologist outlines the signs of depression, what we should do if we recognize them, AND how we can help and support other people who are struggling, including advice and the language to use to do so.

Duration:00:15:58

Self Help (Duff The Psych) Re - Broadcast

2/27/2018
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A psychologist and author, whose specialty is taking complex psychological issues and breaking them down into plain language, offers some techniques to help manage depression.

Duration:00:13:48

Suicide Prevention; Part Two Re Broadcast

2/20/2018
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In part two of our Suicide Prevention series, Dr. Barbara Moser gives us the language and some practical tips for how to have the difficult but necessary conversations with someone you care about who might be suicidal. It's 16-minutes that could save a life. https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/how-we-can-all-prevent-suicide/

Duration:00:16:21

Suicide Prevention; Part One Re Broadcast

2/13/2018
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We often hear that suicide is preventable. But what does that really mean? What do we need to know and understand to be able to help someone through a suicidal crisis? Dr. Barbara Moser, who works in suicide prevention, gives us the straight answers and the language to use. It's 14 minutes that could save a life.

Duration:00:14:58

Season Three in Review

2/6/2018
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As we wrap up our third season, we thank everyone who has come forward to share their experience with depression, as well as the Charles E. Kubly Foundation for its sponsorship and our first grant! In this review, we summarize and feature highlights from each of the episodes. If one catches your eye (or ear,) please listen to it in its entirety.

Duration:00:17:48

Depression; A Couple's Perspective

1/30/2018
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Depression affects more than the people who live with it. In this episode, a young couple talks about their experience with the illness; one as a person who lives with it, and the other as her supportive partner. We also discuss how stigma and the pressures to appear "unaffected" can make matters worse.

Duration:00:14:44

Ripple Report Three; The Tribe Theater Company

1/23/2018
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Hearing the first-person accounts in the Giving Voice to Depression podcast lead to group discussions, and positively influenced the cast of a NY play that focuses on the life of a child with a depressed and suicidal mother. link: https://www.thetribenyc.com/every-brilliant-thing

Duration:00:15:29

Don't Ignore The Signs Of Childhood Depression (Sally)

1/16/2018
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An adult-- who was that undiagnosed depressed child-- looks back on a lifetime of depression and urges parents, teachers and society as a whole, to tune-in and step-in if a child in your life exhibits signs of depression. (link to symptoms below) LINKS: https://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/depression-children#1 and the documentary Not Alone on Netflix

Duration:00:17:55