Shawn Rapier, host of the Latter-day Lives podcast poses with Sarah after their interview. After nearly two decades in a mental health system which doesn't recognize spiritual experiences as anything more than a form of mental illness, it's rare that I share my personal perspective and beliefs about my recovery journey. However, not [...]
9: Developing your Action Plan for early warning signs (Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)-Part 4)
Can you recognize the early warning signs of mental illness? Do you have an action plan to keep things in check?Let's build your WRAP. Sarah mentions her guest appearance on the Latter-day Lives Podcast.
Whether you're at the gateway pondering your Recovery Journey or further along in your passage, building & maintaining emotional self-reliance requires having a wellness toolbox filled to the brim with daily, practical strategies to keep yourself on track and a keen awareness of personal triggers which might shift your journey. This week's podcast includes a [...]
Burnout occurs when we become so distracted by circumstances that we become desensitized to our body’s alarms. Using WRAP with the Feldenkrais Method strengthens ability to recognize subtle differences. Feldenkrais Attention to Movement exercise. Copeland, M E (2000). Wellness Recovery Action Plan & Uchtdorf, D (2008). A Matter of a Few Degrees.
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 [...]
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!
What can we do to shift our focus from seeing what is wrong or different about someone, to building on commonalities and recognizing each person's humanity?
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.
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, [...]
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 [...]