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Reducing the Stigma of Mental Illness One Story at a Time Intimate, weekly conversations about depression AND resilience and hope. Hearing from "fellow travelers" on depression's dark road can be as comforting as it is informative. We are not alone.

Reducing the Stigma of Mental Illness One Story at a Time Intimate, weekly conversations about depression AND resilience and hope. Hearing from "fellow travelers" on depression's dark road can be as comforting as it is informative. We are not alone.
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Reducing the Stigma of Mental Illness One Story at a Time Intimate, weekly conversations about depression AND resilience and hope. Hearing from "fellow travelers" on depression's dark road can be as comforting as it is informative. We are not alone.






103 - Crisis Text Line

Many people, for many reasons, prefer to text vs. call. The Crisis Text Line provides 24/7 support, referrals and connection to people in crisis. You do NOT have to be suicidal to call, though the trained staff can certainly handle those calls as well. Life can be very hard. It can help a lot (even be life-saving) to communicate with someone who is caring, non-judgmental and always available. You are not alone!


102 - When Doctor Turns Psych Patient

A Philadelphia trauma surgeon whose depression required hospitalization learns what it's like to be a patient. He shares his story in the hopes that others will learn from his frightening experience and believe him when he says recovery is possible, no matter how deeply depressed you are. Article link: YouTube video:


101- Depression in the Medical Profession

"Physician heal thyself." But what happens when depression convinces you you're not worthy of healing? Physicians face unique circumstances during their education, training and careers known to lead to depression; sleep deprivation, the stresses of life-and-death decisions, routinely facing human suffering and more. In this episode, Dr. Michael Weinstein, a trauma surgeon, candidly discusses his depression, the "revolution" needed in medical training, and the long road of recovery. In part...


100- An NFL Hall of Famer Tackles Depression (Brian Dawkins)

In his 16 seasons in the NFL (13 with the Philadelphia Eagles and three with the Denver Broncos) Brian Dawkins earned the nickname "Weapon X" and a reputation as one of the league's hardest hitters. Yet when depression was his opponent, Dawkins nearly lost the fight. He retired recently to become a mental-health advocate and philanthropist. He joined GVTD co-host Terry for a candid discussion about how continues to tackle depression.


99 - Keeping Students Mentally Healthy And Safe

Research makes clear that young people often tell each other vs. an adult when they are struggling or even suicidal. In this episode we talk with a suicide-prevention specialist and Dr. Jennifer Krzewina, a school district mental-health coordinator who understand that kids need to be given the language and the permission to discuss mental health to keep themselves and their friends healthy and safe. Menasha Joint School District website:


98 - Why Teens Don't Talk to Their Parents About Suicide- Part TWO

Teens need to know they are safe, even welcome, to share their innermost thoughts about suicide and suicidal thoughts. Yet, often unintentionally, parents and other adults shut down that communication. In Part Two of our 3-part conversation with suicide- prevention expert Dr. Stacey Freedenthal, we look at five more reasons teen avoid talking to parents about this potentially-fatal topic. Please share. #StrongerTogether Link to full list:...


97- Ten Reasons Teens Avoid Telling Their Parents About Suicidal Thoughts

Teens are more likely to share suicidal thoughts with another teen than with a parent. Why? What are parents doing that shuts down that potentially-lifesaving communication? In part one of a series of conversations with Dr. Stacey Freedenthal, author of Helping the Suidical Person, we look at the first 5 of 10 reasons teens give for shutting-out their parents.


96 - Season 8 in Review

Ten podcast episodes condensed and highlighted in 16 minutes. If you've ever wondered what this podcast is like, how hearing shared stories can make us feel less alone, and what we can learn from each other, this is a great opportunity.


95 - Anxiety and Depression (Jordan)

Nearly half of the people diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with anxiety disorder. This week's guest Jordan, talks about his anxiety and his struggle to be properly diagnosed. He also shares about his post-surgical depression, which is more common than many realize. It's an episode filled with great perspective, advice, and even some laughs.


94 - Bonus - Toolkit Tapping (Brad Yates)

Today we launch a new *bonus* feature, looking into some self-care techniques that might be good additions to your self-care tool kits. Guest Brad Yates describes Tapping, or EFT as "a remarkable healing modality based on the same principles that have been used for thousands of years in acupuncture—but without the needles." Again, we're not health-care professionals. We're sharing some things podcast listener's have told us, or that we've encountered on our own, as possible aids for our...


93- There is No Normal (Tara)

Tara, who says she's never hidden her depression, but has never been able to clearly explain the "otherness" of living with the illness, sits down with Giving Voice to Depression to share about shower-crying, infomercials and the need for connection and non-judgement while "in it." Please listen and share.


92- When Depression Can No Longer Be Hidden

In last week's episode, "When Art Imitates Depressed Life," artist Jeff Beier talked about a series of paintings he created to make an invisible illness visible in a graphic and powerful way. ( In his second episode he shares the story behind the paintings, and some of the less-healthy/creative ways he dealt with his mental-health challenges in the past, and the better methods he now knows and uses....


91- When Art Imitates Depressed Life

When an artist's paintings changed from flowers, trees and butterflies to powerful visceral displays of depression's darkness and pain... Jeff Beier made the decision that series, named "Incidamus," the Latin word for depression, had to be shown and felt and discussed. The public display of his private pain is creating "visceral honesty between strangers." If you've ever wondered if being honest about your depression could help you and/or another person, Jeff will remove any doubt. See the...


90 : Gut-Mind Health Connection (Dr. Zach Bush)

A triple-board-certified medical doctor discusses the "catastrophic increase" in depression and other mood disorders, and connects that to leaky gut syndrome. Dr. Zach Bush talks with podcast co-host Bridget about how understanding the role of environmental factors in our depression empowers us to change our environment to change our depression.


Generational Healing: A Father and Son Step Out of the Shadows

A son learns of his father's depression and suicidal thoughts only after he is hospitalized for them. Since then, the two have realized the dangers of hiding an illness, and the many benefits of sharing our experiences. This is a beautiful story of two men who prove that stigma can be dangerous, and truth can heal for generations to come.


6 Behaviors to Avoid When Coping with Mental Illness

Living with depression or other mental-health challenges can be really difficult. There is so much we can't control. But there are also things we can; helpful, positive actions we can take that promote recovery, AND thoughts and behaviors that make things worse (or impede recovery progress.) Guest Katherine Ponte realized six things she'd done that "got in her own way." She chose to share vs. hide them, so others could learn from her mistakes....


A Grieving Mother's Message to Depressed Teens

The mother of a teenager who recently died by suicide reaches out to other struggling teens to say emotions are hard and it's okay to need help managing them. The more honest you are about what you're going through, the more effective your treatment, therapy or other help can be. And if it's a friend who is struggling, tell someone. Depression lies. But it's our responsibility to tell the truth about what's going on. It could literally save a life.


86: A Tragic Truth (Patty and Jack)

The world loves guarantees. We want to be assured that if A, then B. It comforts us and soothes our souls to believe in truths we can rely upon. But suicide prevention doesn't work like that. Knowing the signs and risk factors is a huge step. Being with someone and listening non-judgmentally can work wonders. But medications, therapy, doctors, hospitalizations and a loving family, cannot always protect against depression's despair. It's a Tragic Truth that just weeks after the death of her...


Depression 101 Rebroadcast

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.


Depression And The Elderly (Rebroadcast)

Lonely. Isolated. Feeling like a burden. Those are familiar symptoms of depression. Add in being elderly, watching your body fail, living in elder care and believing mental health is not a topic of polite conversation, and you have a recipe for dark days. Please listen to 93-year-old Mary's story, and her plea that we check in (briefly but regularly) with the elders in our life so they know they still matter.