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My Recovery Journey: A spiritual perspective

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.

By |2019-03-16T19:00:19+00:00February 27th, 2019|Anxiety, depression, ESRPodcast, Mental Health Crisis, Mental Illness, Mental Illness Treatment, Podcast, Wellness Tools, WRAP|Comments Off on 9: Developing your Action Plan for early warning signs (Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)-Part 4)

8: Daily Maintenance Plan & Triggers-Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Part 3

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 [...]

By |2019-03-16T18:59:24+00:00February 7th, 2019|Anxiety, depression, Diet, ESRPodcast, Mental Illness, Mental Illness Treatment, Recovery, Symptoms, Wellness Recovery Action Plan, Wellness Tools, WRAP|Comments Off on 8: Daily Maintenance Plan & Triggers-Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Part 3

7: Avoiding Burnout by Increasing Self-Awareness (Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)- Part 2)

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.

By |2019-03-16T02:52:47+00:00January 30th, 2019|Anxiety, depression, ESRPodcast, Symptoms, Wellness Recovery Action Plan, Wellness Tools, WRAP|Comments Off on 7: Avoiding Burnout by Increasing Self-Awareness (Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)- Part 2)

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

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, [...]

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 [...]