Don’t Give Up
The organization Music To Grieve To, which believes
“Nothing can prepare you for grief, nor is there a right or wrong way to deal with it, but sad music is an easily accessible and highly effective tool that can help you begin to heal,”
is featuring one of our favorite songs, and a nice write-up
and link to our website and podcasts. (Link below)
We greatly appreciate the assistance in spreading the hopeful messages of both. And please, if you are having suicidal thoughts, don’t be alone. Reach out to a friend, family member or professional, or call
Don’t give up.
Words are Powerful
When Bridget and I produce the Giving Voice to Depression podcast episodes, we have the clear and strong intention of stimulating conversations and understandings that last far longer then a 15-minute listening session. We want people who don’t experience depression to better understand what those of us who do– are dealing with when we go to That Other Place. And we want to better understand it ourselves! Then we can explain it better, manage it better, and hopefully shorten or lessen the detrimental impact of A Depressive Episode.
That’s why we were so excited to produce the two Ripple Reports that are linked (and playable) below. Both are stories of people who… you could almost use the word “metabolized” an episode’s message and made a change in their life that will bring positive, needed changes to the lives of people in their world who are dealing with any number of challenges with their thinking.
But “ripples” do not have to be as big as a school program or a change in professional procedure to make an impact.
I recently told a friend (I obviously haven’t talked to in a while) about the podcast. She said she’d check it out, and when we got together she mentioned the episode she had listened to and her take-away from it. It was the episode “Offering and Asking for Support” (also playable below) in which Ben suggested talking about depression when someone is not experiencing it, and is therefore in a healthier and clearer place.
My friend said she has someone in her life who she thinks may live with depression– though she hadn’t been comfortable with the idea of asking, or frankly, “even using the diagnosis ‘depressed.'” After hearing Ben share his story and advice, she decided to broach the subject. That, of course, opens the opportunity for her friend to talk about what he’s experiencing– reduce the shame that led him to keep it secret, and to get help and support from someone loving and available. If he chooses to, of course.
So, that’s fabulous! That’s another beam of light shining on depression’s oppressive darkness. One more person learning that there’s another caring human in their world who now knows and understands them more completely. One more chink in stigma and isolation’s armor.
We can’t tell you how exciting and gratifying and motivating it is to hear these stories.
Thank you so much for listening to the podcast. Thank you for trusting us to give you credible, engaging, comforting information. And thanks especially to Ben and the 40+ other people who have given us their time, perspective and stories to share.
We are all stronger together. Take care of your wonderful selves.
Terry & Bridget, Giving Voice to Depression podcast co-hosts
An Open Letter on #GivingTuesday
Big Things Ahead for Giving Voice to Mental Illness, Inc.
As we’re now officially in the holiday season, we want to take the opportunity to thank you again for all of your support for Giving Voice to Mental Illness. With 40 Giving Voice to Depression podcast episodes having more than 13,000 listens, and 2,300+ Facebook members interacting on our 4.9-star-rated community page, we’re clearly making an impact…and we couldn’t have done it without support from friends like you.
As we plan for the New Year, we are committed to reaching even more people with our potentially life-saving message. But as our efforts grow, so do our financial needs. In addition to continuing to produce a professional-quality podcast, we also plan to increase our speaking engagements, community-outreach and online presence, especially on Facebook. These are the ways we reach the most people – providing credible information and fighting stigma, isolation and ignorance one shared-story at a time.
Would you help by making a donation to help fulfill our mission in 2018? Would you forward this to other people you know support mental-health advocacy? Giving Voice to Mental Illness, Inc. is now a 501(c)(3) so donations are tax deductible. A contribution of any size is of enormous help, even a dollar — whatever you care to give. It will mean so much to know that our friends and family are rallying behind our critical mission. And the financial support will help us grow our community to reach even more people in the coming year.
Again, thank you for all of your encouragement and support as we built this effort these past nine months, from 100 podcast-listens our first month to more than 2000 in November. And we’re just getting started.
We are stronger together. Be well.
Terry and Bridget
Terry Bertha McGuire & Bridget Bertha Shore, sisters/podcast creators and co-hosts
And the Giving Voice to Mental Illness Board of Directors.
The Giving Voice to Depression podcast is a production of Giving Voice to Mental Illness, Inc. a 501(c)(3) founded to start healthy, healing conversations that reduce stigma, and promote understanding and reduce the risk of suicide. To support our nonprofit, make a tax-deductible donation below.
Suiting Up and Showing Up
When my sister Bridget and I committed to Giving Voice to Depression, we agreed to set aside the fears (and ego and privacy) of “exposing ourselves” as People With Depression. How could we possibly attempt to fight stigma and hide our own truths at the same time? Partial truth that is. Depression is only one piece of the multi-faceted people it affects. So, we have plastered our faces and names and stories across the internet. We have made public appearances and had many private conversations, all with the goal of educating people that depression is not a choice. But that stigma and ignorance both are.
We are dedicated to fighting the stigma and isolation of mental illness one shared story at a time.
Today we took the message to the radio airwaves again. Please listen to this interview/profile and share it and the link to our podcasts so that more people will hear and learn from the stories our guests share. We are NOT ALONE:
Please click on this link to hear the 11/22/17 radio interview: https://radiomilwaukee.org/story/local-podcast-sharing-firsthand-stories-depression/
The Strength is All Yours
Today we are posting the second part of our podcast episode “The Power of Compassion.”After hearing part one, a listener wrote and said the story Jonny and Neil shared touched her, because she had been “that guy on the bridge.” I asked if she was willing to share her story. This is part of what she wrote, which I post with her permission (with location details deleted):
“I’m happy to share to you. I walked out of my home. I was just in auto pilot. I saw people talking but I couldn’t hear them. By this I knew what I had to do, to end the pain I feel every day a pain inside me. I went to the bridge. I went & sat on the ledge just looking down at the water so many people it like I was invisible. I started saying sorry for all the pain & upset I had caused my loved ones. Suddenly I can hear a man talking I looked and he was near me , he started talking & saying my loved ones & my kids would be so destroyed. He said one day he felt the pain I had. He put his hand out and looking straight at him I took his hand. I hugged him I couldn’t speak just crying so much. I have no details of this man, but I will always remember his name Anthony. He saved my life.”
She then sent a second note:
“I’ve never told anyone this not even family It felt like it was right to share. Thank you for giving me the strength to share my story with you. I believe in my heart my story was meant to shared with you.”
There is power in sharing our story. This listener learned from our podcast that she is not alone. You may be learning that from her story today. Be an Anthony or a Neil – listen if someone needs to talk. The human need to be heard is a deep one. We thank this listener from the bottom of our hearts for sharing with us today. What an honor to be trusted. And thank you all for being part of this safe space where we can share her words. Be well.
Be Not Afraid
We know some of you may be reluctant to listen to our podcast, Giving Voice to Depression, thinking it might be… well… depressing. But we try to make and think of them as stories of resilience and empowerment. Sure, people share their struggles, but they also share their self-care and management techniques, and their philosophy on Life With Depression. Guests are all well enough (and caring enough) to share their story in an effort to normalize the discussion and reduce any shame or stigma around it. Many are inspiring. Some have moments of laughter. All offer some hope.
This morning, one FB community member sent us this note:
“I am just now, for the first time listening to your podcasts and they are amazing! It’s taken me this long to listen, for some reason, was afraid to hear because that would mean I have to keep dealing with this. I am now working my way through all of them. Thank you!!!!”
So… come on in, the water’s fine. And after you listen, feel free to share with others you think would benefit from the message. Each episode explores a different experience of depression; from the elderly to teens, suicide-attempt survivors to suicide-loss survivors, those who have found natural remedies effective to those who are treatment-resistant, etc. And if there’s a perspective we haven’t covered, let us know!
Season 3 will include veterans, the connection to chronic pain and ACEs or Adverse Childhood Events, Black Mental Health Matters, and several other perspectives. Email us (the co-hosts) at Bridget@GivingVoiceToDepression.com or Terry@GivingVoiceToDepression.
Self Help (Duff The Psych)
A psychologist and author, whose specialty is taking
complex psychological issues and breaking them down into plain language,
offers some techniques to help manage depression.
Duff the Psych’s website: http://www.duffthepsych.com/