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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 [...]

Guest on The Dr Peter Breggin Hour

Dr. Peter Breggin, a psychiatrist whom I view as a living legend, invited onto his weekly radio hour as an official guest. He's worked for decades shining a spotlight on unethical psychiatric treatments and their affect on patients. It was an honor to be invited to share my story with his listeners. Dr. Breggin [...]

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

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 [...]