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5: Suicide: Not on my watch!

Do you know the 16 "red flares" of suicide? Can you identify when someone may need your help? Can you distinguish between myths and truths of suicide? If a friend or family member needs help, do you know what to say or do? No worries, I've got you covered! References in this episode include Akathisia [...]

By |2019-03-16T18:56:38+00:00December 26th, 2018|Akathisia, akathisia, depression, ESRPodcast, Mental Health Crisis, Mental Illness, psychosis, Suicide Prevention, Symptoms, Wellness Tools, Withdrawal|Comments Off on 5: Suicide: Not on my watch!

4: 32 Ways to Prevent Your Own Suicide

What do lifeguards and camels have to do with Sarah's 32 Wellness Tools to prevent suicide? Listen and learn from Sarah's experiences 12 years of suicidal thoughts and self-preservation. One tool? Play The Piano Guys' Song, "It's Gonna Be Okay" on a Loop!

By |2019-03-16T18:54:57+00:00December 19th, 2018|akathisia, depression, ESRPodcast, Mental Health Crisis, Mental Illness, Mental Illness Treatment, Suicide Prevention, Symptoms, Wellness Tools, WRAP|Comments Off on 4: 32 Ways to Prevent Your Own Suicide

2: Making Small Successes into Big Achievements

How is learning to fold an ornate origami swan like learning to live with symptoms of mental illness? How can we turn scattered shreds of our life’s paper, into our life's unique origami masterpiece? Embrace your colors and have fun, one tiny fold at a time! Origami swan tutorial.

By |2019-03-16T18:52:34+00:00December 12th, 2018|ESRPodcast, Memory Loss, Mental Illness, Recovery, Wellness Tools|Comments Off on 2: Making Small Successes into Big Achievements

1: What is Emotional Self-Reliance?

If your psychiatrist told you "They haven't invented the medication that will help you yet," what would you do? Join Sarah's exploration of "Wellness Tools" as she works to recover a life lost to symptoms of severe mental illness and a memory lost to psychiatric electroconvulsive therapy "shock" treatments.

By |2019-03-16T18:51:38+00:00December 12th, 2018|Anxiety, depression, ECT, employment, ESRPodcast, Identify, Memory Loss, Mental Illness, psychosis, Recovery, Stigma, Symptoms, Vocational Rehab, Wellness Tools|Comments Off on 1: What is Emotional Self-Reliance?

Psychiatric Medication Free & Thriving

Celebrating three years medication-free and thriving Background July 24, 2018 I celebrated my 3rd anniversary of living psychiatric medication-free. This happened even after living nearly two decades with mental illness symptoms meeting the diagnostic criteria for schizoaffective disorder bipolar type with catatonia and PTSD. Many well-trained psychiatrists treated my symptoms with psychiatric medicine, [...]

Daring to Dream: Essential tools to find employment – Employment Workbook Preview (Chapter One)-FREE

Chapter One: Hopes & Dreams Embarking on your quest to find the ideal job can be both exciting and anxiety provoking. My booklet is designed to teach you essential employment skills, empowering you to polish your professionalism and land a job you want. This workbook has activities to complete and questions sprinkled throughout. [...]

By |2019-05-25T21:16:53+00:00May 15th, 2018|Vocational Rehab|3 Comments

Revisioning Mental Health Treatment

In 2016, The University of California San Diego invited me to be the keynote speaker for May’s Mental Health Awareness Month lighting ceremony. Little did they know, my journey involved seeking effective mental illness treatment not involving psychiatric medication. Perhaps they'd seen my success and assumed I was on medication. I wasn't. The eyes of the [...]