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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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Depression is, to put it mildly, an unwanted guest in our minds and bodies. Yet, for those who experience it regularly, it can help to look for some value, some take-away, some "terrible gift" in the experience. Kristin "owns her shadow," and uses depression's voice to express herself in poetry. Hers is a gentle, allowing and unique perspective on …
 
Whether you love or loathe the holidays, they are demanding.At the very least, they demand energy and changes to our schedules.We're expected to engage socially. Or we may feel the weight of disengagement and loneliness.We are bombarded with a lot of "shoulds" from gift-buying to travel down to how we are supposed feel- happy, merry, and festive.An…
 
Depression convinces us we will always live in its darkness.For some, who experience depression chronically, that is a reality.Some days are better/lighter than others.But there's not a day when you wake and realize it was "an episode" and it has passed.This episode's guest, Didi Hairston, The Diva of Depression (on social media) lives in that dark…
 
The thoughts we have and the words we chose not only define depression, but predict it. In this episode, we speak with a researcher who anaylyzes online mental health forums and other writing samples. Using computers to analyze the words, he finds a direct connection between "absolutist" words and depression, anxiety and suicide. It's good to know …
 
There are people who, after having survived a difficult situation, will share their hard-earned knowledge with others in an effort to help.And there's JJ Singleton.He is still very much "in the thick of it," having just completed his 123rd round of chemo for "terminal, incurable" colorectal cancer. And from that place, he reached out to share a mes…
 
In one of the most-practical episodes we've produced, we get into the weeds and look at how to keep yourself nourished, and your body and environment clean (enough)when you "just can't" because of depression. Emily Derecktor, founder of the free online resource Cereal for Dinner, knows first-hand that depression can be disabling. She has compiled e…
 
Depression is a thief. It steals our vitality, our sense of connection and worth. Our dreams. And sometimes our very will to live.This week's guest, Emily Derecktor knows losses. She worked hard to do well in school, get into top universities and earn admittance to medical school. And then depression stole that opportunity. For now, anyways. In thi…
 
A single conversation can change the course of your life.A single person stepping in to say "You are not yourself. I am worried about you. I'm afraid you're planning to kill yourself. Are you suicidal?" can change the course of your life and recovery.That's the story Chloe shares in this 25-minute episode.Suicide Prevention Awareness Month might be…
 
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please have them (or you) take 15 minutes to listen to Ken's story. It is a rare opportunity to speak with someone who survives an attempt, especially one from the Golden Gate Bridge, who can tell you they had instant regret when they started to fall, that all the things that seemed unsolvable…
 
CW: If our goal is to "prevent suicide," it might help to understand what kind of thoughts a suicidal person is having. In an intimate and revealing conversation, we ask Ken Baldwin, one of the few survivors of an attempt from the Golden Gate Bridge, to tell us what was going through his mind when he headed there to end his life. It's a conversatio…
 
If you want to learn how to sit with someone in the darkest of times, you could learn a lot from hearing from someone who has done it. Hundreds of times. Retired Sgt. Kevin Briggs is a suicide-loss survivor, a person living with depression, and someone who has sat in the darkness with many who had lost hope, listening with patience and compassion. …
 
Suicide. Few single words conjure up such instant and strong reactions; pain, confusion, anger, shame, guilt, grief, blame, etc.And those reactions make having needed and potentially-lifesaving conversations about the reality far less likely. And that is dangerous. Today's guest, Wally, shares about what is a reality for some people: He lives with …
 
You have probably heard of The Twelve Steps used in many recovery programs. Originating with Alcoholics Anonymous (AA,) the steps were designed as a guide to lasting sobriety and an addiction-free lifestyle.Today's guest, Wally, revised the 12 Steps for use in his mental-health management and journey. In this 19-minute episode, we compare the two v…
 
Depression has many symptoms. Shame does not have to be one of them. This short, refreshingly-candid episode kicks stigma in the teeth, Our guest, Sara, addresses the way depression takes normal life events and twists them into cause for despair. She demonstrates how owning our full range of emotions frees us to better deal with the illness.This is…
 
If you have a pet, you understand the value of the connection you have. In today's episode, we speak with a woman about the integral role her dogs play in her mental health. Whether or not you're an animal lover, it's a good reminder of the needs for companionship, exercise, a sense of purpose, acceptance, a schedule, etc.Lori's matchmaking website…
 
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 lau…
 
Organizations focus on The Bottom Line. But too seldom do they make it a priority to understand this bottom line: The people they employ are human beings.They may work with or as cogs in a corporate machine, but they are not machines. And their well-being, including their mental health, needs to be considered. It is not just the right thing to do f…
 
Too many people are experiencing suicidal crisis or mental health-related distress without the support and care they need. The pandemic has made a that situation worse. On July 16, 2022, the former 800-number for the Suicide Prevention Lifeline is changing to the much-easier-to-remember 9-8-8, a variation of the 9-1-1 emergency line.The 988 Lifelin…
 
When we see headlines and hear reports that the U.S. is experiencing a "youth mental-health crisis," it can be too easy to get lost in the reports and statistics and forget that we are talking about kids: our children, someone's best friend, a cherished sibling, loving cousin, neighbor or beloved grandchild. Each person represented in the numbers o…
 
Depression, as anyone with it can tell you, can seem to come on with no warning or trigger. One minute you can feeling pretty good, and the next you might realize your mood has drastically changed, you're uncharacteristically angry, very sad, numb or even thinking about death. There are also times when you may feel it "coming on," the way you feel …
 
Four years ago our mother, at age 93, shared that she was not sure if she was clinically depressed or if she was just finding her final years of life depressing. Mary, who passed away last month, shared her story and a message for the children and grandchildren of seniors. Please join us in this tribute episode, honoring our mother's message.…
 
Depression is too dark and heavy to face alone. So we're told to "reach out for help." But HOW? What words do we use, especially when we might not have the energy or the insight to articulate our struggle? And how the hell are we suppose to come up with effective language that honors we deserve help when depression convinces us no one cares, or tha…
 
How many times have you heard: "Reach out if you are struggling."But how? What should you say? When should you say it and to whom?It can all sound straight forward and obvious from the outside, or from wellness. But in dark times, or hours of crisis, nothing is clear. And with depression convincing you noone cares about or would want to help you, i…
 
In 2017, two sisters with depression who have lost loved ones by suicide decided to start a podcast to spread first-person stories of people who live with and manage their depression so that listeners would gain information and hope. This month, one of them (the younger one) is retiring. In this intimate conversation, the sisters discussed what the…
 
For more than 5 years, Bridget has co-hosted this podcast. It was a "sister-project" from day one. Each week, we interviewed a different person about their experience of depression. Now she is stepping down to pursue her other work and responsibilities. In the first of two episodes, the sisters talk about lessons learned. It's an intimate conversat…
 
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