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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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You may know the quote: “Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day, saying “I will try again tomorrow.” Jennifer tries again tomorrow. Jennifer knows the darkest of dark. She's been in that hopeless place and needed hospitalization many times. She has also tried nearly every depression med on the marke…
 
Her depression first reared its ugly head in middle school. She is now in her 40s, and despite trying a myriad of medications and having a loving support network, the darkness has been unrelenting. In a living example of the both/and (vs. either/or) reality, Jennifer is both a multiple suicide attempt survivor and one of the most-resilient and hope…
 
This 22-minute episode is a summary of the last season of Giving Voice to Depression podcast. If you have any hesitation to listen to a podcast about depression, this is a great way to sample it and get an idea about the kinds of guests we have each week.After you listen, please go to our website at givingvoicetodepression.com and use the red mic w…
 
It can be so frustrating for "mental health" to be treated as separate from "physical health," when our brains are clearly a key part of our bodies.But, as people with mental-health challenges, we aren't always mindful of how caring for our bodies is also caring for our minds. This episode is an interview with a doctor who has learned from patients…
 
We're not taught how to have these conversations.: A friend or family member is struggling. Maybe they're just "not themselves." Maybe they're suicidal. How do you offer support them? What do you say? What can you do that's actually helpful?https://letsqueerthingsup.com/2018/08/24/11-important-ways-my-loved-ones-supported-me-during-a-mental-health-…
 
We're not taught how to have these conversations.: A friend or family member is struggling. Maybe they're just "not themselves." Maybe they're suicidal. How do you offer support them? What do you say? What can you do that's actually helpful?https://letsqueerthingsup.com/2018/08/24/11-important-ways-my-loved-ones-supported-me-during-a-mental-health-…
 
For the past two weeks we've explored ways to reach out for support if you are the one struggling.Today we shift gears.What if you know someone who seems really depressed--maybe even suicidal, and they're not reaching out. How do you reach IN?In the first of two episodes, our guest Sam Dylan Finch details ways people have shown up for him in helpfu…
 
For the past two weeks we've explored ways to reach out for support if you are the one struggling.Today we shift gears.What if you know someone who seems really depressed--maybe even suicidal, and they're not reaching out. How do you reach IN?In the first of two episodes, our guest Sam Dylan Finch details ways people have shown up for him in helpfu…
 
How many times have you heard: "Reach out if you are struggling."But it's not as easy or clear as it sounds. How? What if you don't even know what you want or need? What if your depression has convinced you no one cares, that you don't deserve help, or that you are a bother to people?It can all sound straight forward and obvious from the outside, o…
 
How many times have you heard: "Reach out if you are struggling."But it's not as easy or clear as it sounds. How? What if you don't even know what you want or need? What if your depression has convinced you no one cares, that you don't deserve help, or that you are a bother to people?It can all sound straight forward and obvious from the outside, o…
 
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, …
 
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, …
 
You hate your emails,Don't want to look at your computer. You get more frustrated seeing your schedule each day or week. You're exhausted and maybe angry at the day's end. Are you depressed? Or burned out? This 20-minute episode explores the differences between the two. Our guest is psychiatrist Dr. Jessi Gold.Links to articles referenced in episod…
 
You hate your emails,Don't want to look at your computer. You get more frustrated seeing your schedule each day or week. You're exhausted and maybe angry at the day's end. Are you depressed? Or burned out? This 20-minute episode explores the differences between the two. Our guest is psychiatrist Dr. Jessi Gold.Links to articles referenced in episod…
 
So many factors can contribute to and affect our mental health. Family trauma and race are certainly among them. Family norms including the belief that "what happens in the home,stays in the home" impact how mental-health challenges are recognized, diagnosed and treated. A lack of access to quality care does too.This episode looks at the intersecti…
 
So many factors can contribute to and affect our mental health. Family trauma and race are certainly among them. Family norms including the belief that "what happens in the home,stays in the home" impact how mental-health challenges are recognized, diagnosed and treated. A lack of access to quality care does too.This episode looks at the intersecti…
 
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and two messages you'll hear a lot are: "Reach out if you need support" and "If someone seems 'off,' be willing to listen to and support them." Both can sound deeply uncomfortable, if not impossible. This episode might help. It proves you don't have to be an expert to help someone who is struggling, and that "re…
 
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and two messages you'll hear a lot are: "Reach out if you need support" and "If someone seems 'off,' be willing to listen to and support them." Both can sound deeply uncomfortable, if not impossible. This episode might help. It proves you don't have to be an expert to help someone who is struggling, and that "re…
 
The decision to explore antidepressants can be a daunting one. Is taking meds an admission that something is really wrong with you? Will drugs change your personality? What are the common side effects? If people know I'm taking them, will they see me differently?What should I expect if I make an appointment with a psychiatrist?These are some of the…
 
The decision to explore antidepressants can be a daunting one. Is taking meds an admission that something is really wrong with you? Will drugs change your personality? What are the common side effects? If people know I'm taking them, will they see me differently?What should I expect if I make an appointment with a psychiatrist?These are some of the…
 
When people talk about the well-established link between trauma and depression and other mental-health challenges, they tend to think of traumatic events experienced directly by the people themselves. But Generational trauma (also known as intergenerational trauma) can impact the children, grandchildren and other descendants of the directly-impacte…
 
As parents, we have a responsibility to prepare our children for life. And there's a strong possibility that future will include mental-health struggles. Speaking openly about mental illness reduces fear, misinformation and stigma. In today's episode, TJ talks about a recent conversation he had with his 9-year-old son. Now is the perfect time to st…
 
As parents, we have a responsibility to prepare our children for life. And there's a strong possibility that future will include mental-health struggles. Speaking openly about mental illness reduces fear, misinformation and stigma. In today's episode, TJ talks about a recent conversation he had with his 9-year-old son.Now is the perfect time to sta…
 
Depression can make us want to give up.Trauma can add anger, shame, guilt and other strong emotions to the mix. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to healing and recovery.And the fact something(s) doesn't work is very different than believing nothing ever will.Renee's inspiring story is about never giving up on yourself or your recovery. When m…
 
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