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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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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…
 
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 Inter…
 
This is my story. The story of why I started the Giving Voice to Depression podcast. I first told it four years ago when we started this resource because it didn't seem fair to ask others to share their stories unless my sister and I did, too.I am re-posting it now because, being sick for the past several weeks I've had a lot of time to think, and …
 
We have yet to meet someone who says they are glad they have depression. But over and over we hear that some, as a way of making peace with their condition, credit it with teaching them valuable lessons. Our guest Tom, is one of them. He lists 8 reasons he's grateful for his depression... BUT...Giving Voice to Depression
 
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, …
 
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