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Depression affects more than 300,000,000 worldwide. So basically, if you don't have it yourself, you know someone who does. Giving Voice to Depression was founded to start discussions that reduce stigma and promote understanding. We look at depression from many angles. A journalist with depression pre-produces short (7-10 minute) interview segments, and then the sister co-hosts, who both live with depression, comment on the issues presented. The episodes are informative and hopeful-- and sel ...
 
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"About a third of all people experiencing mental illnesses and about half of people living with severe mental illnesses also experience substance abuse. These statistics are mirrored in thesubstance abuse community, where about a third of all alcohol abusers and more than half of all drug abusers report experiencing a mental illness," according to …
 
We're trying something new for the new year! Will you join us? We're trying a new schedule where we post new podcast episodes every other week (vs. every week for the past 5 years) and on alternating weeks we have a live zoom/Facebook lunchtime conversation.The first is scheduled for Wednesday, January 12th from 11:30-12:15 CST(lunch time.) The lin…
 
There is no health without mental health.So as we begin this New Year and think of the changes and resolutions we want to make, our brain health really needs to make the list.This weeks guest is psychologist, author and podcaster Dr. Margaret Rutherford. In our discussion we talk about the need for a holistic approach to life that prioritizes our m…
 
If the idea of a podcast on depression makes you a little nervous (will it make me depressed?) this is the perfect way to comfortably explore the power of peer support via shared stories of lived experience.In just 18 minutes, you'll hear snippets of our last eleven episodes and get a feel for why Giving Voice to Depression is a tool you're gonna w…
 
You are not required to be "joyful" or "merry" because of the date on the calendar.This is a special Christmas edition of our podcast, written and produced especially for YOU, who are struggling right now. It's only 7-minutes long, and we believe it will resonate with and comfort you like it does us. You are not alone. You do matter. People DO care…
 
There’s an aspect of having depression that doesn’t get mentioned or addressed much. And that’s the need of some to completely redefine themselves after being taken down by the illness. Such was the case for Davey. He went from "the go-to guy" to being "just done."On disability, he dug into learning about his depression and anxiety. He found good d…
 
Phew! There is so much to think about this time of year. From traditions, family and faith, to gifts and decorations and cooking and cleaning and traveling, and, and, and.But as we make plans for all of that, how often do we stop, check in with ourselves and factor in our mental health and whether The Expectations we've set will nourish or deplete …
 
Looking for a new mental-health management tool?How about a creative one that "gets the ugly out" while maintaining your privacy?Our guest, Gina Barry, tells us how she modified the practice of writing "morning pages" into a more-private, freeing and effective way to get the darkness, depression and grief out of her head. Gina says giving your feel…
 
My sister and I, who co-host the Givng Voice to Depression podcast, take mental health and our advocacy of it very seriously.We do not, however, take ourselves real seriously.This morning we tried to record our next episode and I simply could not say the phrase "mental-health management techniques" and my sisters HUGE laugh lets you know how much s…
 
The pandemic has taken a toll. On our traditions and education and families and mental health. Licensed psychologist Dr. Maggie Mulqueen acknowledges this year's challenges and offers advice on both how to re-frame the holidays to make them better, as well as what to avoid to keep from making them worse. This 18-minute remix could help you in the c…
 
Trauma changes us and the way we see and experience the world.In this episode, we speak with Dr. Maria Inosencia Amarante, a bilingual trauma therapist who has and is recovering from traumas in her own life.It's a candid, casual conversation that asks the critical question: Is trauma recovery real and possible?…
 
Trauma changes us and the way we see and experience the world. In this episode, we speak with Dr. Maria Inosencia Amarante, a bilingual trauma therapist who has and is recovering from traumas in her own life.It's a candid, casual conversation that asks if recovery is real and possible.Door Giving Voice to Depression
 
This week, we observe Veteran's Day in the U.S. Beyond the parade and holiday, have you taken the opportunity to reach out to any veterans in your life to ask about their service experience? Their sacrifices? Their current state of being, and whether the pandemic has made any mental-health challenges they might have better or worse? It can make a r…
 
The military veterans' world is a world unto itself. The training and experiences they have had are foreign to civilians. With Veteran's Day fast approaching in the U.S., we speak with a veteran psychologist, who himself is a vet, about the ways those who have served to protect us, can protect themselves from challenges to their mental health. Ever…
 
At 14, Lacey's mental-health challenges made living a long and full life seem impossible to her. She wasn't sure she could even make it to 16. because of her crippling depression and anxiety. Now a social worker in her 20's, Lacey has the perspective of someone familiar with both the bottom of life's pit and the climb out. She sees mental health as…
 
A teen whose depression and suicidal thoughts were so pervasive that she did not know if she would live past the age of 16, is now a social worker helping others. She shares about her family's inability to speak openly about mental-health challenges before she did, and how her grandmother's disclosure of the generations-long family history of depre…
 
This episode is a review of the past 11 episodes we've produced. It's also an opportunity to sample Giving Voice to Depression, so you can see that while the focus is the same (depression) the tone of each episode is as different as the guests are. Depression affects us all differently. And the ways we describe and manage it can also differ. But, s…
 
The "silly selfie" accompanying this episode is actually an example of one friend helping another through a really dark time. The spectrum of ways to support someone struggling with their mental health is wide, varying from acknowledging a stranger you pass (who knows when they last felt "seen,") to climbing into the darkest darkness with a friend …
 
The factors that impact our mental health are varied, intertwined and sometimes difficult to distinguish.Other times they are clear as day.When living conditions are unhealthy or unsafe or when mental-healthcare is inadequate, unaffordable or inaccessible, the goal of recovery can seem unobtainable.In the third of a four-part series on the Intersec…
 
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, hospi…
 
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…
 
He had studied psychology, been previously treated for depressive episodes and done exhaustive online research trying to understand what was happening in his mind and body.The pieces did not come together until he heard other people with depression talking about their experiences of the illness. Then he realized the darkness was not his alone. Nor …
 
He'd been treated on and off for the illness over the years. But he certainly didn't consider himself Someone With Depression. That, according to his background, would be a weakness and an unacceptable chink in his masculine armor. But during the pandemic, already reeling from the end of a relationship and sick/quarantining with Covid, John hit new…
 
Are you able to notice the changes in your mood, energy, outlook, etc. that happen before or at the beginning of your depressive episodes? Do you consider those warning signs an opportunity to better manage your mental health?In the second part of our conversation with Matt Zinman, he tells us about a 3-Day Rule that really works for him. He also s…
 
This week's guest, Matt Zinman, has a unique and deep understanding of life with a mental-health challenge. He not only had his own depression, but was impacted by other members of his family who lived with their own. In the first of a 2-part interview, Matt shares about his mental-health journey. Next week, he'll share some fabulous tools and self…
 
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