Episode 40 - Michelle, author . of, “Breaking into My Life,” a story about reclaiming her life and being raised by a mom with Bipolar Disorder

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Coming May 22nd

Michelle is from New Jersey and shares her story about being raised by a mother who had Bipolar Disorder. She works for Johnson & Johnson as a Director and is also an advocate for mental health awareness. You can read an excerpt from her book here: http://breakingintomylife.com/excerpt/

Please visit her page for FAQs as well, she shares resources with you.

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She conveys a message about mental health:

  • We are not our past. It is possible to triumph over past challenges with perseverance.

  • Let’s separate the person from their illness. They are not their illness. They are loving individuals doing the bet they can with what they have been dealt.

  • Caregivers must establish some boundaries and make their own wellbeing a priority so that they can provide the best level of support to those they love.

  • The brain is just another organ. I look to the day when we talk as openly about brain health as we do heart health. When that happens people won’t be ashamed or suffer in silence.

  • If you are suffering and don’t feel comfortable talking to your loved ones or a therapist, find other outlets to keep talking. Find resources like www.18percent.org or https://www.7cups.com/ to express yourself and get connected to others who might have experienced what you are. You are not alone and you don’t have to navigate it alone. You are human and it is ok to not be ok.

  • If you care for someone who you think is struggling, don’t look away and don’t “hope” they will get through it on their own. Try to create a safe space for them to share. Just by listening and asking them to tell you more, you will help them by allowing them to feel heard. You don’t have to fix anything. Just be there for them and listen to them.  

Please let us know what you think, comments are welcome on our blog https://www.anewdawnaa.com/podcast

Episode 41 - Maisey shares his story of hope and advocacy, after alcoholism and drug addiction nearly took his life

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COMING: May 31st!

Michael was lost, in the streets and out of control, due to his parents drug and alcohol abuse, as well as childhood physical and sexual abuse. But, he turned his life around and now Michael Maisey is an actor and writer, known for Sparrow's CallThe Basement and Functional. He has been married to Sacha Wright since October 26, 2018. They have two children.

He tells more of his story in his book: “My Life on the Streets, In Prison, Out of Control, Making Amends. Young Offender.” Pre order link for book on amazon.co.uk
Pre order link for the book on amazon.com for buyers in the USA

Website: https://linktr.ee/mistermaisey

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mistermaisey/


Episode 39 - Episode 39 - Jey shares his childhood traumatic experience, mental illness and advocacy

Jey is a non-binary person who struggled with his identity while growing up. He was removed from his home country of Vietnam and taken to Canada at the age of 3, after losing both of his parents. He shares his life with us and the fact that he felt alone and isolated, with the exception of one friend. This friend provided unconditional acceptance and although Jey still is struggling, he's more aware and working toward becoming the person that his life prevented him from being, his authentic self. Stay tuned for his future YouTube videos.

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Podcast link: www.messy.fm/podcast/df36ccd0-778f-11e9-a0a4-c9973a24f544

Episode 38 - #Justiceforjacob - Sara discusses events that led up to her brother's unjust arrest, while suffering cardiac arrest and having a psychotic bipolar mania episode

Sara talks about her brother’s ill treatment, while having a mental illness. He was unjustly arrested while having a psychotic episode and cardiac arrest, prompted by being prescribed five different cocktails drugs for his bipolar disorder and Agoraphobia. He was denied family access, he wasn’t hospitalized or provided with therapy or proper treatment. They merely proceeded to move him into an institution further from the location and to one without mental healthcare.

The state of main, specifically this Kennebec County Jail has a wrongful death suit going right now for similar practices with people that live with mental health.

Her brother is bipolar and was in the booking area and solitary confinement, while disoriented, for more than two weeks. This happened on April 29th and he’s still locked up without therapy, medication and without the essential treatment a person under a psychotic breakdown needs.

Part 1 of 2 Episodes: link

Part 2 of 2 Episodes: link

Watch Sara’s video: https://youtu.be/OdbmxZ_gULU

Facebook Page: Justice for Jacob Where you can interact with Sara and Coleen, Jacob’s girlfriend.

Email: MrsMumbles@live.com

Sara Kate: 603-921-6077

Watch Coleen’s Video: (Jacob’s girlfriend) https://www.facebook.com/groups/2384524181865085/permalink/2389412808042889/

Email the Governor of Maine to invoke change:

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Send Mail to Jacob to this address. Let’s flood the jail with mail.

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Here is the mailing address to the Governor, as well as contact information for the State Representative in the area. He also serves on the legal affairs committee:

Governor Janet Mills:

Representatives to WRITE to in Maine

Representatives to WRITE to in Maine

1 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333

State Representative (for area incident occurred)

Kent Ackley
705 Route 135
Monmouth, ME 04239

Cell:207-512-2524

Episode 37 - Jaycob discusses his Misdiagnosis of his Mental Illness, Spina Bifida and being an advocate. "Stories of Hope!"

Episode 37 - Jaycob discusses his Misdiagnosis of his Mental Illness, Spina Bifida and being an advocate. "Stories of Hope!"

He has also started a podcast to spread the good things that people are able to accomplish with their lives, also while living with mental illness or any other life challenge.

If you have a story, find him active on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jaycm1344

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Episode 36 - Marlane shares her life with Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Childhood trauma and abuse, as well as working memory failure and how it impacts her

Marlane lives on the east coast and she shares her life with Bipolar Disorder, childhood trauma and abuse, as well as her problems with her working memory. She's an advocate on Twitter is always willing to help others. She’s also a survivor of suicide. Listen to how she was saved, it’s a wonderfully powerful story.

So if you’re in crisis or in need, reach out for someone to talk to, you’re not alone. You can DM her @SamandDeanfan_1

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SamandDeanfan_1

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Episode 35 - Jody shares her life living with complex PTSD, Borderline Personality Disorder, Depression and is a suicide survivor

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Jody is a huge advocate for mental illness, she also working on a novel. She’s trained in peer trauma with Bravewings Trauma Informed Peer Support group and working towards starting her own group meetings.

She’s living with cPTSD, Borderline Personality Disorder, Depression and is a suicide survivor. Her trauma stems from childhood sex abuse and she lived in and out of foster homes. She’s a warrior and is seeking to create her own podcast.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/onelastkick71

WordPress: https://jodyb2016.wordpress.com/

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Episode 34 - Amethyst tells her story and how she reclaimed her 'integrity' with #nothingwasted

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Amethyst lives with Battered Women’s Syndrome, Borderline Personality Disorder, Complex PTSD and depression. She’s also a mental health advocate and survivor of suicide. Her message is clear in her story, #nothingwasted. She uses all life’s lessons to fight for people living with mental illness and her passion is with the African American community, where she finds stories tend to be hushed and kept secret.

She works with the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention and will be at the May 5th FREE event at the Chicago Heights Recreation Center, 1400 Chicago Rd, Chicago Heights, IL 60411. (Check it out)

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bea.holder.96

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AmethystRocks1

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Episode 33 - Kevan shares his advocacy for "HisMENtalHEalth" after a childhood of depression, bullying and angry outbursts.

Kevan is a mental health advocate and he talks about his difficult child-hood life in his home and school life. A speech impediment led to bullying in school and he shares why he didn’t enjoy his senior year of high school, due to his struggles with depression from the bullying.

Episode 32 - Toby shares his advocacy for men's mental health and why it began

Toby Brown discusses his art and how he see’s blank dead eyes, until he talks to people. Once they open up, he see’s colors as they fill in around the individual. He is an artists and lives with Schizophrenia Disorder. His art has been on display in England and he’s done shows. He will be featured on a special segment of 20/20 in the near future.