Suicide Zen Forgiveness

Elaine Lindsay

At 16, I lost my dear friend Andrea to suicide—a profound loss that became both the best and worst gift, guiding me through the darkest of times. Welcome to ”Suicide Zen Forgiveness,” where we dig into stories of suicide loss, ideation, and mental health, weaving threads of hope into every narrative. Each story shared has the power to touch someone who needs it most, offering a beacon of light in their journey. Join us in adding to our well of hope by sharing your story. Together, let’s #ChooseLife and #KeepBreathing, nurturing resilience and healing. Interested in sharing your story as a guest? Reach out to us at https://bit.ly/1SZFchat. read less
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Words Heal: The Intersection of Poetry, Suicide Prevention, and Community
2d ago
Words Heal: The Intersection of Poetry, Suicide Prevention, and Community
Transforming Pain into Poetry: A Discussion on Suicide, Hope, and Healing   In this emotionally rich episode of the Suicide Zen Forgiveness podcast, host Elaine Lindsay sits down with poet Icess Fernandez Roja to discuss her debut poetry collection, 'The Opposite of Breathing is Cement.' The collection explores themes of identity, love, mental illness, and suicide. Icess shares her personal journey of overcoming suicidal ideation and how it led to writing poetry as a means of healing and reaching out to others experiencing similar struggles. The conversation delves into the importance of breaking the stigma surrounding mental health and suicide, providing support for those in need, and the power of finding and sharing hope through creative expression. The episode highlights the significance of talking about mental health openly and using one’s experiences to help others feel less alone. Icess's story is a testament to the strength found in vulnerability and the transformative potential of art in navigating the darkest of times.   00:00 Introducing Icess Fernandez Roja and Her Poetry on Mental Health 00:42 The Mission of Suicide Zen Forgiveness Podcast 01:25 A Deep Dive into Identity, Suicide, and Healing Through Poetry 08:29 The Journey from Darkness to Diagnosis 14:59 Finding Hope and Purpose Through Sharing and Connection 20:40 The Power of Kindness and Community in Healing 24:12 Using Art to Open Conversations on Mental Health 27:11 Revolutionizing Customer Service: A Personal Touch 28:23 The Power of Genuine Compliments 29:54 Breaking the Cycle of Robotic Interactions 30:50 The Impact of Positive Feedback 31:13 A Lesson in Kindness from a UPS Driver 33:06 Sharing a Poignant Poem 37:59 Navigating Depression and Suicide Ideation 40:15 Preemptive Measures Against Depression 48:11 Finding Hope in the Smallest Things 49:47 Concluding Thoughts and Gratitude Summary Icess Fernandez Rojas is a highly acclaimed international writer, Houston educator, and former journalist. Her debut poetry collection, "The Opposite of Breathing is Cement: Poetry and Prose," delves into the intricacies of life, touching on themes of healing, identity, love, and mental illness. A graduate of Goddard College's MFA program, Rojas's work has earned international recognition, gracing the pages of prestigious literary journals such as Queen Mobs Lit Journal, Poetry 24, PANK Magazine, Rabble Lit, Minerva Rising Literary Journal, and the Feminine Collective's anthology, "Notes from Humanity." Her compelling Houston-based story, "Happy Hunting," found a place in the esteemed "Houston Noir" anthology. Her latest work is called: "The Opposite of Breathing is Cement: Poetry and Prose" and is available in bookstores and online now. Notably, Rojas's nonfiction and memoir pieces have left an indelible mark in publications like Dear Hope, NBCNews.com, HuffPost, and the Guardian. Her exceptional contributions to the literary world have garnered her numerous accolades, including the Owl of Minerva Award, and she is celebrated as an alum of the VONA/Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation, a Dos Brujas Workshop alum, a Kimbilio Fellow, and a member of the illustrious Yale Writers’ Workshop. Website links: https://icessfernandez.com/ And the book links: Barnes and Noble:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/book/1144308727?ean=9798218280390   Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Opposite-Breathing-Cement-Poetry-Prose/dp/B0CMC722QG/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?crid=2IZGWDNJ15SV1&keywords=the+opposite+of+breathing+is+cement%3A+poetry+%26+prose&qid=1699935853&sprefix=%2Caps%2C122&sr=8-1    Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/p/books/the-opposite-of-breathing-is-cement-poetry-prose-icess-fernandez-rojas/20765841
Soulful Recovery: The Journey Beyond Loss with Deva Neely S7 E19
May 14 2024
Soulful Recovery: The Journey Beyond Loss with Deva Neely S7 E19
Navigating Grief and Finding Hope: A Deep Dive into Suicide Loss and Healing   In this episode of Suicide Zen Forgiveness, host Elaine Lindsay invites guest Deva Neely to share her poignant journey through trauma, loss, and personal growth. Deva, a former music and French teacher who lost her brother to suicide in 2013, discusses the profound impact this event had on her life, including the isolation and stigma she faced and how it launched her on a path to healing. Deva and Elaine address the taboo surrounding discussion of suicide, the importance of honest conversations about mental health, and the need for improving support systems. Deva, now a psychic medium, emphasizes the transformational power of reconnecting with her abilities to aid her healing process and assist others in navigating their grief. The episode highlights the critical role of education, resilience building, and open dialogue in preventing suicide and fostering a supportive community for those affected.   00:00 Introduction to Diva's Journey and Mission 02:23 The Impact of Suicide: Diva's Personal Story 03:25 Navigating Family Dynamics and Personal Healing 06:47 The Importance of Naming and Remembering Lost Loved Ones 09:55 Breaking the Silence: Discussing Suicide and Mental Health 20:20 The Role of Education and Support in Suicide Prevention 25:24 Addressing Trauma: From Personal Experience to Broader Implications 27:46 Understanding Trauma and Resilience 29:37 The Emotional Journey of Animals vs. Humans 31:49 The Struggles and Resilience of Teachers 38:37 The Importance of Mental Health Awareness 47:33 Connecting with the Beyond: A Psychic Medium's Journey 51:39 The Power of Connection and Kindness 55:29 Closing Thoughts and Acknowledgements Bio: Deva has worn many hats over the years including spending 20 years in the classroom teaching music and French and running her own performance academy to young, up and coming singers and actors. Life changed drastically for Deva when she lost her brother in 2013 to suicide. The trajectory of her life catapulted her into realms she wasn’t expecting. On her grief journey she tapped back into a gift she had since childhood and it was her brother who helped her get it back. Deva is now a psychic medium and grief coach helping others on their grief journeys teaching people that death is not a finality. Deva now helps people tap into their own intuitive abilities to learn how to communicate with their departed loved ones, sealing the gap between the human and spirit worlds. Socials Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/deva.neely Grief Relief FB Group: www.facebook.com/groups/griefreliefwithdeva/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/Deva_Neely_ Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@devaneely4 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/deva-neely/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChL-_Xeuwnf9vPc9OEZdZNw   Website  https://stan.store/2Woo4U
Champion of Change: Michelle E. Dickinson’s Advocacy for Mental Health
May 7 2024
Champion of Change: Michelle E. Dickinson’s Advocacy for Mental Health
Empowerment Through Resilience: Michelle E. Dickinson's Journey and Mission This episode of the Suicide Zen Forgiveness podcast features Michelle E. Dickinson, a workplace resilience coach, speaker, and author, who shares her personal journey of growing up with a bipolar mother and how it shaped her understanding of resilience and mental health. Host Elaine Lindsay dives into Michelle's revolutionary perspective on mental health, emphasizing the importance of emotional well-being, self-reliance, and personal mastery to thrive in life. Through her TED talks, memoir, and work with various organizations, Michelle aims to empower individuals, particularly educators facing burnout, by equipping them with resilience tools. The podcast also underscores the significance of addressing mental health proactively to avoid burnout and encourages breaking the silence around suicide and mental health issues.   00:00 Introducing Michelle E. Dickinson: A Force of Nature in Mental Health Advocacy 01:21 The Mission of Suicide Zen Forgiveness Podcast 02:13 Michelle's Journey: From Caregiver to Resilience Coach 04:04 The Power of Resilience and Personal Mastery 11:14 Understanding Mental Illness Through Personal Experience 13:08 The Path to Healing and Empowerment 22:59 Shifting Perspectives: From Treatment to Prevention 25:44 The Importance of Self-Care and Mindset Shift 26:55 Breaking the Silence: Advocacy and Resilience 27:42 The Power of Positivity and Connection 28:26 Building Resilience: Practical Tips and Tools 28:43 The Impact of Simple Acts of Kindness 29:38 Digital Disconnection and the Quest for Authentic Interaction 31:41 Navigating Negativity: Strategies for a Positive Outlook 37:44 Supporting Educators: A Mission to Prevent Burnout 42:30 Empowering Teachers: The Need for Systemic Support 46:15 The Future of Education: A Call to Action 48:48 Closing Thoughts and Gratitude BIO Michelle's journey is not just about her own triumph over adversity; it's about inspiring others to discover their own capability, and ability to self-heal while enriching their lives. Through her engaging talks, transformative workshops, and insightful book, she invites individuals to embark on their own journey of self-discovery, where they break free from limitations, embrace their inner strength, and create a life filled with purpose, fulfillment, and unyielding joy. Michelle is not your ordinary Workplace Resilience Coach, TED speaker, and bestselling author. She is a force of nature, igniting powerful shifts and critical impact in the national education space, Fortune 500 companies, and even among our brave first responders.   Drawing from her own experiences as a caregiver to her bipolar mother, Michelle understands the immense challenges life throws our way. But instead of merely surviving, she believes in thriving. She has shattered the traditional notion of mental health, and instead, champions the path of emotional well-being, self-reliance, and personal mastery. Michelle's revolutionary perspective has resonated deeply with people from every corner of society, empowering them to lead more fulfilling lives.   Book   LINKS & Socials  Website https://www.michelleedickinson.com Website #3 https://breakingintomylife.com LinkedIn URL https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelle-e-dickinson-7882013 Facebook URL https://www.facebook.com/michelle.dickinson.146?ref=bookmarks Twitter URL https://twitter.com/mdickinson13 YouTube URL https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8Vt31TIEWh6dW_V2-qmtTQ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/michelledickinson71
The Fabric of Us: Stitching Connections in a Fragmented World
Apr 30 2024
The Fabric of Us: Stitching Connections in a Fragmented World
A Deep Dive into Mental Health, Suicide, and Personal Growth with David Amerland   In this episode of 'Suicide Zen Forgiveness,' host Elaine Lindsay engages in a comprehensive and thought-provoking conversation with David Amerland, an acclaimed author and speaker known for his works on business, marketing, and the intersection of neuroscience with critical decision-making. As the conversation unfolds, David shares insights from his diverse body of work, including the books 'Intentional' and 'The Sniper Mind,' touching on themes of emotional regulation, the importance of social connections, and the complex landscape of mental health and suicide. The discussion also reminisces about the unique community experience of Google Plus, reflecting on how digital platforms can foster community and support. Elaine and David reminisce about personal stories and professional findings, exploring how understanding our brains and emotions can lead to a more meaningful life. They advocate for the importance of discussing mental health openly, aiming to destigmatize topics surrounding suicide and encourage better societal support systems.   00:00 Meet David Amerland: A Deep Dive into His World 01:37 Launching into Suicide Zen Forgiveness Podcast 02:49 Revisiting the Google Plus Era: Community, Connection, and Impact 04:51 The Power of Social Connections for Mental Health 14:50 Exploring the Brain's Social Needs and Mental Health 29:42 Navigating the Complexities of Medicine and Personal Health 36:06 Exploring Misconceptions in Women's Health 37:01 The Evolution of Veterinary Medicine and Its Lessons 38:10 Comparing Animal and Human Medical Ethics 41:45 The Emotional Complexity of Euthanizing Pets 43:47 Understanding Suicide and Mental Health 51:40 The Journey of Personal Growth and Emotional Regulation 01:07:28 Closing Thoughts and Future Conversations   David's Bio David Amerland the author of eleven books on business, marketing and search including The Tribe That Discovered Trust and the best-selling Google Semantic Search. He writes for Inc.,  Forbes, and HP UK and blogs on his own website, DavidAmerland.com. When he is not writing or surfing the Web he spends time giving speeches internationally on how search, social media and branding are changing. He’s the author of “The Sniper Mind” a deep dive in the world of neuroscience, critical decision making and brain analytics and their application in real-world business. His latest book is “Intentional: How To Live, Love, Work and Play Meaningfully”.   Links More on David Amerland's website: https://davidamerland.com Useful Books The Sniper Mind - https://www.amazon.com/Sniper-Mind-Eliminate-Uncertainty-Decisions/dp/1250113679 Intentional - https://www.amazon.com/Intentional-Live-Love-Work-Meaningfully/dp/1844811697 Social Media Presence: Twitter: https://twitter.com/DavidAmerland Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/david_amerland/ Threads: https://www.threads.net/@UCb3AQiS1IXzVImJGROFBhXg LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidamerland/ BlueSky: https://bsky.app/profile/davidamerland.bsky.social   1c016786d18586c75556d142ed112b91b4291a27
Breaking the Stigma: Humor, Healing, and Hope
Apr 23 2024
Breaking the Stigma: Humor, Healing, and Hope
The Power of Humor in Suicide Prevention: An Enlightening Conversation with Frank King   This episode of the Suicide Zen Forgiveness podcast features Frank King, a renowned speaker on suicide prevention, former Tonight Show writer, and TEDx trainer. Hosted by Elaine Lindsay, the discussion delves into Frank's journey from comedy to suicide prevention, highlighting his personal experiences with suicidal ideation and how humor can offer a rare comfort and connection to those struggling with similar issues. Frank shares powerful anecdotes illustrating the profound impact of openly discussing mental health and suicide, emphasizing the importance of language, empathy, and understanding mental health nuances. The conversation also touches on the significance of pets in providing a sense of responsibility and preventing suicide. Additionally, Frank's work, including his upcoming book and his remarkable record of delivering TEDx talks, is discussed, showcasing his dedication to breaking the stigma surrounding mental health and suicide through comedy and heartfelt storytelling.   00:00 Breaking the Stigma: Humor, Healing, and Hope 01:31 Introducing the Suicide Zen Forgiveness Podcast 02:03 Personal Journeys and the Power of Sharing 05:04 Frank King's Impact and the Importance of Talking About Suicide 09:28 The Stigma Around Mental Health and Suicide 10:04 Using Humor to Address Serious Topics 15:56 Frank King's Career Highlights and Contributions 19:07 The Evolution and Importance of Audiobooks 23:52 Navigating the Quirks of Pronunciation 25:28 The Impact of Generational Language Shifts 26:54 Exploring Regional Dialects and Mispronunciations 28:20 The Evolution of Language and Communication 29:29 The Value of Education and Personal Growth 35:16 The Importance of Pets in Developing Empathy 37:20 Addressing Mental Health with Humor and Hope 45:00 Wrapping Up with Gratitude and Humor   About Frank  "You can make a difference. You can save a life. I can show you how." ~Frank King  Now  with 12 TEDx under his belt, Frank King has a new one coming in Nov this year. In 2016 Frank King began coaching potential TEDx Talkers, when a number of his speaker coaching clients approached him and asked if he would coach them on scoring a TEDx Talk opportunity. Since then, those half-dozen clients have all done their first TEDx Talk, one of those is scheduled to do her second early in 2019, and four of them are also in the second round of auditions for Duke TEDx!   Frank King was a writer for the Tonight Show for 20 years, and he holds the record for the longest non-stop comedy club road trip ever. Beginning the day after Christmas in 1985, he and his wife (who must have the patience of Job) were on the road 2,629 nights in a row, comedy club to comedy club and cheap motel room to cheap motel room, with no home, just a PO Box and voice mail.   Along the way he worked with Jerry Seinfeld, Jeff Foxworthy, Ron White, Adam Sandler, Dennis Miller, Ellen DeGeneres, Rosie O'Donnell, Kevin Nealon, Bill Engval, Dr. Ken Joeng, Rita Sirleaf and Kevin James among others.   Socials Links etc   858.405.5653   http://www.TheMentalHealthComedian.com http://www.YourTEDxCoach.com    http://www.facebook.com/thementalhealthcomedian http://www.instagram.com/mentalhealthcomedian http://www.twitter.com/theMHcomedian https://www.youtube.com/thementalhealthcomedian https://www.linkedin.com/in/frankkingthemhcomedian   Born to Be Funny https://youtu.be/mugOzr6ItFk Mental With Benefits https://youtu.be/mCnsHSdAn48 A Matter of Laugh or Death https://youtu.be/IeMg6OFYfU0 Suicide, The Secret of My Success https://youtu.be/3D4m33DXtsI Suicide-ality.. Its always an option for issues large and small
Mental Health Insights with Paula Sima
Apr 16 2024
Mental Health Insights with Paula Sima
Beyond the Smile: The Impactful Journey of Paula Sima Join Paula Sima, owner and host of 'Talk Shit With P Podcast', as she illuminates her personal journey dealing with mental health issues, in the episode, “Breaking the Silence: Mental Health Insights with Paula Sima”. Despite the struggles of depression, Paula offers a ray of hope, using her personal experience as a three-time panelist at Podfest and her podcasting platform, to inspire others. Through powerful discussions and a healthy dose of humor, she highlights the importance of self-care, open communication, and embracing life's realities. In this deeply insightful conversation, gain a fresh perspective on depression, empathy, societal norms, and the healing process. Learn from disclosed personal battles against self-harm and suicide ideation, brought forth by our brave guests. Understand more about suicide aftermath, the significance of support communities, and the concept of grief's timelessness. Paula encourages authenticity, self-exploration, and rejects the practice of labeling and 'cancel culture'. She advocates for understanding over judging, bringing to the fore the essence of empathy. Be prepared to unlearn stereotypes and embrace diverse discussions, as the episode ends with a poignant message advocating for a stigma-free world, where all can sincerely be themselves. Get ready to dive into this emotionally charged yet uplifting discourse, and better comprehend the often misunderstood aspects of mental health. Tune in for a transformative journey of courage, hope, and empathy.   Socials and LINKs  Instagram https://www.instagram.com/talkshitwithp/ LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/paula-sima-mulamula/ TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@talkshitwithp   Talk Shit with P on Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/talk-shit-with-p/id1509470001
Comedy as Medicine: Tackling Mental Health One Laugh at a Time
Apr 9 2024
Comedy as Medicine: Tackling Mental Health One Laugh at a Time
For the past 15 years, Susan Stewart has been entertaining and inspiring audiences across North America. Susan is best known for her ability to make people laugh while helping them to meet their challenges with a sense of humour. Susan is the author of 3 books including her latest title, You Gotta Laugh: Wit And Wisdom About Not Taking Life (Or Yourself) Too Seriously. Susan's podcast, Still A Hot Mess, and her comedy album, Relentless, are available on iTunes and Spotify. You can learn more about Susan at susanstewart.ca   Links: www.susanstewart.ca  Instagram: @susanistewart Facebook: ComedianSusanStewart X: SusanIStewart LinkedIn: susanstewartcomedian  YouTube: @SusanStewartToronto  Show Notes Humor, Healing, and Hope: A Comedian's Battle with Mental Health   In this episode of 'Suicide Zen Forgiveness,' host Elaine Lindsay talks to Susan Stewart, a Canadian comedian and author, best known for her humorous approach to overcoming life's challenges. Susan discusses her personal journey with mental health issues, including clinical depression that led her to quit comedy 20 years ago. She talks about the importance of not taking life too seriously, the healing power of laughter, and how she uses comedy to deal with and educate others about mental health. Susan shares her story of recovery from a recent mental health crisis, emphasizing the role of medication, therapy, and the support of loved ones. The conversation highlights how comedy can be a therapeutic tool, bringing light to the struggles many face with mental health, and aiming to destigmatize mental illness through laughter and open discussion. Finally, Susan talks about her new comedy show, 'A bit more than a rough patch,' focused on mental health, and her plans to raise awareness and funds by touring. The episode is sponsored by several organizations and individuals supporting mental health initiatives and suicide awareness.   00:00 Introducing the Guest: A Comedian with a Message 00:50 The Mission of Suicide Zen Forgiveness Podcast 01:23 Meet Susan Stewart: Comedian, Author, and Speaker 03:24 Susan's Journey Through Comedy and Mental Health 05:28 The Healing Power of Comedy and Self-Deprecation 11:08 Susan's Recent Mental Health Crisis and Recovery 14:01 The Importance of Managing Our Inner Critic 21:41 Susan's New Show: A Comedy Take on Mental Health 26:09 Taking the Show on the Road: A Journey Through Mental Health Awareness 28:57 The Power of Comedy in Conveying Hard Truths 31:55 Navigating the New Normal: Comedy, Mental Health, and the Pandemic 32:50 The Global Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health and Society 40:26 Adapting to Change: The Shift to Virtual Platforms and the Importance of Laughter 43:42 Finding Hope and Resilience in the Face of Adversity 45:51 Closing Thoughts and Acknowledgements
A Beacon in the Night Willie Nealy’s Journey to Self-Discovery and Service
Apr 2 2024
A Beacon in the Night Willie Nealy’s Journey to Self-Discovery and Service
Unlocking Love's Language: Willie Nealy's Quest for Connection From Darkness to Light: Willie Nealy's Journey of Transformation   This script features a captivating conversation between the host and Willie Nealy, a relationship and life coach with a profound story of personal growth and redemption. Willie shares his challenging journey, starting from his upbringing by a single mother, joining the military for guidance, facing a failed marriage, and struggling with suicidal thoughts after a toxic relationship. He reveals how he found hope and purpose in his darkest moments, leading him to restructure his life through self-improvement and a deepened relationship with God. Willie highlights the importance of understanding love languages, setting clear expectations in relationships, and the transformative power of practicing gratitude and positive energy. His story is a testament to overcoming adversity through resilience, faith, and the support of loved ones, inspiring others to find their purpose and build fulfilling relationships.   00:00 Welcome and Introduction to Willie Nealy 01:46 Willie's Journey: From Military to Relationship Coach 04:08 A Dark Chapter: Struggles and Realizations 09:36 Finding Light in Darkness: The Turnaround 11:42 The Philosophy of GLUE: God, Life, Universe, and Energy 12:35 Becoming a Beacon for Others: Willie's Mission 13:59 Personal Faith and Comparative Human Nature 16:18 Empathy Through Experience: Willie's Approach to Coaching 23:36 Marriage Insights: Expectations and Agreements 25:15 The Impact of Parental Relationships on Children 26:50 Learning from Past Relationships 27:45 The Power of Understanding and Compassion 28:52 The Importance of High Expectations and Gratitude 32:07 Navigating the Darkness of Suicide Thoughts 38:58 Embracing Gratitude and Positive Change 47:46 The Value of Being Seen and Heard 48:42 Concluding Thoughts and Gratitude  About Willie  Willie was born and raised in Detroit Michigan to a single mom. He is a happily married man of over 15 years and a father of 5 as well as a grandfather of 6. Willie is a military veteran that served in the United States Navy for 4 and 1/2 years.    He is a marriage and relationship coach that has helped couples overcome challenges such as infidelity, trust, communications and fear, while gaining a renewed passion for each other without having to endure years of therapy or counseling.   Willie has blessed several stages such as the: The 2023 Ultimate Speaker Competition Military Veterans Edition, where he won 1st place, The Heart-Centered-Summit and The 2024 Ultimate Speaker Intensive where he again took home 1st place. Willie has also been featured on several Podcasts such as: The Coaches Journey, Life’s Checkmark, Grow-n-sexy and more…   Willie continues to be the “LIGHT” needed in the darkness! Standing upon his 4 principles: Faith, Honesty, Compassion, and Respect. Willie's goal is to impact and inspire the world utilizing his gifts and experiences!     Socials and Links Website: ⁠https://www.devineu.com Facebook https://www.facebook.com/coachnealy Instagram https://www.instagram.com/coachnealy/ Amazon Amazon.com : g.l.u.e by willie nealy
Jon Emery: From Job Loss and Divorce to Personal Growth and Podcasting
Mar 26 2024
Jon Emery: From Job Loss and Divorce to Personal Growth and Podcasting
Overcoming Life's Checkmarks: Jon Emery's Journey from Personal Loss to Empowerment In this podcast episode, the host welcomes guest Jon Emery to share his personal journey and experiences with mental health, suicide loss, ideation, and the transformative power of overcoming life's challenges. Jon discusses his childhood, the impact of his sister joining the Navy, his parents' secret divorce, and his own job loss after 20 years with the same company, followed by a divorce. He reflects on the trauma these experiences brought, his ventures into life insurance, and the hardships of starting over professionally and personally. Jon candidly talks about joining men's groups for support, engaging in fitness and church activities, and the importance of communication in relationships. He emphasizes personal growth, the significance of community and finding one's tribe, and the lessons learned through podcasting. The podcast highlights how turning points in Jon's life led to self-improvement, a deeper understanding of masculinity and femininity, and the importance of taking action despite fear.   00:00 Welcome to the Podcast: A Conversation with Jon Emery 01:36 Jon's Personal Journey: Family, Work, and Major Life Changes 04:31 The Impact of Job Loss and Venturing into New Beginnings 10:00 Navigating Divorce and Personal Growth 16:41 Embracing Fitness, Faith, and New Opportunities 20:24 Jon's Reflections: Learning, Growing, and Moving Forward 22:02 The Journey of Self-Improvement and Sobriety 22:36 Understanding Coping vs. Avoidance Mechanisms 23:27 The Power of Positive Choices in Personal Growth 24:15 Navigating Divorce with Grace and Positivity 25:52 The Importance of Community and Support Networks 27:02 Embracing Change and Personal Development 27:22 The Impact of Trauma on Mental Health and Recovery 30:01 The Role of Communication in Relationships and Healing 33:48 Finding Your Tribe and the Value of Men's Groups 34:19 Launching a Podcast: Overcoming Fear and Finding Your Voice 38:29 The Significance of Taking Action Against Fear 46:59 Gratitude and Persistence in the Journey of Growth BIO Jon Emery’s journey is a testament to resilience and self-discovery. After losing a 20-year job and navigating a divorce, he embarked on a transformative path. This journey led him to authenticity and a deep desire to connect with others, creating his podcast, "Life's Checkmark." Through this platform, Jon offers comfort and understanding to those feeling alone on their journeys. This quest for authenticity extended to his role as a father, allowing Jon to forge deeper connections with his children. Alongside family, he enjoys the companionship of an amazing dog and finding peace in nature through hikes and outdoor adventures. Beyond personal pursuits, Jon's passion lies in aiding others, particularly in helping them find their voice through podcasting, fostering empathy and connection among individuals. In essence, Jon Emery's life narrative embodies resilience, empathy, and the power of forging genuine connections. His journey from adversity to self-discovery reflects the beauty of understanding and empathizing with others, both in personal relationships and within the wider human experience.   Sites & Socials Life's Checkmark Podcast  https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/O6AT2dDyHzb Watch the Episodes on Youtube   Course - Prevent Podcrastination https://www.lifescheckmark.com   Facebook https://www.facebook.com/jonathan.emery.167
Navigating Life’s Challenges: A Journey of Growth and Gratitude
Mar 19 2024
Navigating Life’s Challenges: A Journey of Growth and Gratitude
This episode features an intimate conversation with guest Danielle Cobo, a mother of twins, NLP practitioner, and team leader, who shares her inspiring life journey. The discussion covers her upbringing by a single mother who rose from adversity to success, Danielle's personal and professional challenges, including dealing with grief, her husband's deployment, and her battle with postpartum depression. The conversation also touches on the importance of supportive language in coping with challenges, the impact of mental health issues, and the significance of gratitude towards military and service families. Danielle introduces her book 'Unstoppable Grit,' which offers insights into overcoming life's hurdles and achieving one's goals. The episode emphasizes resilience, the power of positive framing, and the importance of acknowledging the sacrifices of service members and their families.   00:00 Meet Danielle Cobo: A Dynamic Leader and Mother 01:35 The Power of Drive: Danielle's Inspirational Background 04:17 Embracing Parenthood with Energy and Grit 06:01 Navigating Life as a Military Spouse with Young Twins 08:23 Facing Personal and Professional Challenges in 2020 09:34 The Journey Through Grief and Finding Acceptance 18:17 Introducing 'Unstoppable Grit': A Guide to Overcoming Life's Obstacles 28:10 The Importance of Language and Mindset in Daily Life 32:28 Conclusion and Gratitude   BIO Danielle was raised to be resilient, fueled by Grit and Courageous to the core.  After 8  months of marriage her husband joined the military. Danielle became a mom to 6-week premature twin boys and survived Category 5 hurricane just weeks after returning from the NICU - Husband deployed and became the sole caregiver to toddler twins while leading a team with 60% overnight travel. In 2020 she lost mother to suicide, faced a global pandemic, and left a toxic work environment- all within 6 months…  Wrote the book "Unstoppable Grit: Break Through The 7 Roadblocks Standing Between You and Achieving Your Goals", recently released February 2024 Sites & Socials  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniellecobo/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thedaniellecobo/?hl=en Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDanielleCobo/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/DanielleCobo Website: www.DanielleCobo.com  TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@daniellecobo Unstoppable Grit YouTube: https://youtube.com/@UnstoppableGritPodcast?si=EeZHgq4cyZ3PbT9Q Unstoppable Grit Podcast with Danielle Cobo on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0ROM7ru95TF06XzKhTcO5V?si=M1eyb3ZvS8C_sjlz2EGbGg
The Silver Cop Chronicles: A Story of Hope, Growth and Transformation
Mar 12 2024
The Silver Cop Chronicles: A Story of Hope, Growth and Transformation
A Journey Through Recovery and Embracing Life with Robin Ferrie Season 7 Episode 10 Elaine reconnects with Robin Ferrie, a police officer known as @TheSilverCop, to discuss significant changes in his life, including a recent remarriage. Ferrie shares insights into the importance of support in life's journeys, whether in happiness or in struggles, emphasizing how mutual support with his partner has been pivotal for him, especially during times of personal challenges. The conversation explores Ferries' coping mechanisms, including therapy, inner child work, and mirror work, shedding light on his path to overcoming trauma and guilt. The discussion further explores generational differences in emotional expression, societal pressures on men to conceal vulnerability, and the transformative power of self-reflection and emotional intelligence. Ferrie's engagement with coaching and his passion for helping others navigate mental health struggles and the relief found in expressing and sharing one's vulnerabilities are highlighted. The episode touches upon the importance of decluttering one’s mind, akin to tidying one’s home, and seeking growth by focusing inward and asking oneself the hard questions.   00:00 Welcome Back, Robin Ferrie: A Journey of Resilience and Support 01:36 The Power of Support in Overcoming Life's Challenges 03:53 Reflecting on Progress and the Importance of Inner Work 08:44 The Impact of Sharing and Connecting on Mental Health 12:14 Navigating Identity and the Journey to Self-Acceptance 19:36 Embracing Vulnerability and the Path to Healing 25:40 The Influence of Family and Society on Personal Growth 31:29 Finding Strength in Vulnerability and Authentic Connections 32:58 Embracing Emotions: A New Perspective 33:52 The Power of Letting Emotions Flow 34:52 Learning from Nature: Emotional Release in Animals 36:20 The Importance of Emotional Expression in High-Stress Jobs 37:49 The Healing Power of Vulnerability and Community Support 46:44 The Journey of Self-Reflection and Emotional Intelligence 47:22 Confronting and Overcoming Personal Traumas 52:22 Embracing Self-Talk and Mirror Work for Personal Growth 55:50 The Path to Emotional Well-being: Practical Steps and Advice 59:18 Closing Thoughts and Acknowledgments BIO Robin Ferrie always wanted to be a police officer... never did he think his first training shift would be the brutal start to his terrifying story. Self-healing and his desire to serve other first responders make this a success story. First time Guesting April 2021 Honoured to share the podcast with such a caring, individual. #ChooseLife  #KeepBreathing  #NotToday #gratitudeattitude   Socials Facebook Instagram
Resilience Amid Grief: Exploring Personal Loss and Healing Stacey Short s7 e9
Mar 5 2024
Resilience Amid Grief: Exploring Personal Loss and Healing Stacey Short s7 e9
Navigating Grief, Empathy, and Mental Health: One Family's Journey   This episode features an in-depth and personal conversation with Stacey Short, who shares her poignant journey through grief, mental health struggles within her family, and the transformative power of empathy and support. The discussion touches on the challenges of dealing with a family member's mental illness and addiction, the societal and systemic barriers to receiving appropriate care, and the profound impact of suicide. Stacey recounts her brother Nathan's life, his struggle with bipolar disorder and addiction, and the circumstances that led to his tragic passing. Through her narrative, Stacey emphasizes the importance of presence, understanding, and not shying away from the complexities of grief and mental health. The episode serves as a powerful reminder of the ongoing need to end stigma, always include empathy, and support one another through life's most challenging moments.   00:00 Introduction and Personal Connection 01:27 Stacey's Empathy and Personal Loss 03:21 The Struggles of Grief and Loss 04:42 The Impact of Suppressing Grief 06:32 Nathan's Early Life and Struggles 07:24 The Downward Spiral: Drugs and Mental Health 10:36 The Tragic End: Nathan's Suicide 15:03 The Aftermath: Dealing with the Loss 25:47 The Legal Battle and Injustice 29:19 The State of Mental Health Facilities 29:50 The Impact of Grief on Family Dynamics 30:21 The Influence of Military Culture on Mental Health 30:59 The Struggles of Growing Up in a Military Family 32:03 The Stigma of Mental Health in the Military 32:55 The Impact of Mental Health on Parenting 33:32 The Struggles of Dealing with a Family Member's Mental Illness 36:26 The Impact of Mental Health on Family Relationships 37:09 The Struggles of Being the Oldest Child in a Family Dealing with Mental Health Issues 37:27 The Impact of Generational Attitudes Towards Mental Health 39:30 The Struggles of Dealing with a Family Member's Suicide 41:17 The Impact of Suicide on the Family 44:06 The Journey of Healing and Finding Purpose After a Family Member's Suicide 52:18 The Importance of Remembering Loved Ones Beyond Their Struggles 54:18 Conclusion: The Power of Sharing and Remembering Bio: Stacey Short, an Air Force BRAT, always aspired to improve lives. In 2002, she earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Oklahoma. Her life took a turn when her newborn son was born without an immune system in 2005, prompting her to return to the service industry for his care. In 2016, tragedy struck when she lost her baby brother to suicide, leading her into a deep depression. With help from health professionals and medication, she gradually emerged stronger. In 2020, embracing her calling, she pursued certifications in health, life, mental fitness, and clarity, dedicated to helping women who feel lost in life's roles. Today, she lives purposefully, knowing growth is perpetual. A proud mom of two teens and cherished pups, Stacey also published her first collaborative book, "Self Love Project." Her story resonates with resilience and empowerment, inspiring positive transformations.   Links:  FB Business: https://www.facebook.com/AFewShortMinutes/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/coachstaceyshort IG: https://www.instagram.com/afewshortminutes_coaching_/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/afewshortminutes/ TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@stacey_coaches Site: afewshortminutescoaching.com YouTube: https://youtube.com/@afewshortminutescoaching
Through the Fire: Stewart Thompson’s Journey of Survival and Advocacy
Feb 20 2024
Through the Fire: Stewart Thompson’s Journey of Survival and Advocacy
Surviving Childhood Abuse and Suicidal Attempts - An Interview with Stuart Thompson   Welcoming Stuart Thompson, host of an abuse survivor based podcast in Toronto. Stuart recounts his experiences of childhood sexual abuse, moving from Ottawa to Richmond, breaking his silence and turning towards meaningful conversations around this trauma. He speaks about his involvement with the Gatehouse Centre in Toronto, a support centre for men, women, and children who've suffered child abuse. Stuart's story of recovery and ongoing efforts to help others through similar personal tragedies becomes a beacon of hope and resilience. However, Stuart emphasizes that there's no 'magic pill' to healing; patience, hard work, and self-discoveries are all vital parts of the healing journey. Now Stuart is committed to breaking silences, extending help, and becoming an active agent of positivity and change in the community. Stewart has gone on to speak in front of the World health Organization.   00:00 Introduction to the Podcast and Host 00:12 The Mission of the Podcast 00:35 Warning and Disclaimer 00:55 Introduction of the Guest 01:33 Personal Stories and Shared Experiences 05:04 The Impact of Childhood Abuse 07:07 The Struggle with Trust and Relationships 10:43 The Journey to Recovery 14:02 The Importance of Suicide Awareness 22:01 The Positive Side of the Journey 22:09 The Role of the Gatehouse in Recovery 25:56 The Importance of Understanding and Expressing Feelings 29:52 Embracing Emotional Healing 30:09 Journey into Volunteering and Facilitating 30:47 Finding My Voice Through Art Therapy 31:37 The Struggles of Working with Trauma 32:08 The Power of Finding My Voice 33:20 Creating the Survivors Council of Canada 35:02 The Lifelong Impact of Childhood Trauma 36:46 The Power of Belief and Self-Understanding 40:16 The Goal to Expand the Gatehouse Across Canada 44:52 The Importance of Self-Care and Gratitude 49:56 The Unforgiven Warrior: A Personal Reflection 54:57 The Rewarding Aspect of Mentoring 55:41 Closing Remarks and Future Plans   From Stewart: My name is Stewart Thompson I am a survivor, probably more like a Warrior from my child hood sexual abuse, I guess my 1st statement brings you to where I am coming from a little better to what I am here to talk about today. I started my healing journey 13 years ago, being a 60+ male I was taught never to talk about my feelings, definitely not about my child abuse as you can see that plan did not go well. After volunteering at the Gatehouse for 10 years, I never considered or thought possible that I would become an employee (Program Assistant Trauma Informed) my role is to support men coming into our programs and women too when needed. My advocacy over the years has given me a podcast (Personal Transformation) starting in 2014 and 2018 podcasts later I am still here talking about a subject that many stay away from not stopping me, that has also has given me the gift of speaking Internationally for World Health Organization/ISPCAN International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect with a documentary and presentation 2020. Proud to announce that starting in Jun 2022 co-founding Survivors Council of Canada in conjunction with the Gatehouse.  Links: https://my.blogtalkradio.com/tools/#/my-episodes Stewart on YouTube     Survivors Council The Gatehouse
Lightening the Load: Finding Strength in Shared Stories Michael Wood  S7 E5
Feb 6 2024
Lightening the Load: Finding Strength in Shared Stories Michael Wood S7 E5
Sharing Stories and Breaking Stigmas: An Inspiring Conversation with Michael Wood on Suicide Zen Forgiveness   In this episode of Suicide Zen Forgiveness, host Elaine Lindsay welcomes guest Michael Wood to discuss his experiences with suicide and mental health, primarily focusing on his late brother, Jeff. Elaine emphasizes the importance of normalizing conversations around these topics to end the silence, stigma, and shame associated with them. Michael recounts his brother's struggles with addiction, triggered by the pandemic's restrictions. Citing his own experiences in the music industry, he signals the potential harms of excessive money and hedonistic lifestyle. The podcast also addresses the inadequacy of emergency services in transferring distress calls across cities, highlighting Michael's proactive efforts to modernize this system, inspired by his own inability to offer immediate help for his brother. Lastly, both Elaine and Michael urge listeners to reach out for assistance, to be aware of individual struggles, and promote kindness.   0:00 Lightening the Load: Finding Strength in Shared Stories Michael Wood  S7 E5 00:57 Introduction and Guest Welcome 01:10 Personal Connection and Conversation Flow 02:02 Michael's Story: His Brother's Life and Challenges 06:08 Michael's Personal Journey and Career 06:39 Remembering Jeff Wood 07:12 Comparing Personalities and Lifestyles 08:58 Michael's Music Career and Encounters 11:31 The Importance of Connection and Support 12:35 The Challenges of Emergency Services 12:47 Michael's Advocacy for 911 Call Transfer 16:17 Personal Experiences with Emergency Services 19:02 Continued Advocacy and Achievements 19:48 The Impact of Personal Loss 22:49 The Importance of Reaching Out and Kindness 30:41 Conclusion and Final Thoughts
A Mother’s Battle: Confronting Cancer and Mental Health with Losa McCoy S7 E4
Jan 30 2024
A Mother’s Battle: Confronting Cancer and Mental Health with Losa McCoy S7 E4
The Power of Positivity and Gratitude in Overcoming Mental Health Struggles and Cancer   In this episode of the Suicide Zen Forgiveness podcast, host Elaine Lindsay speaks with Losa McCoy. The conversation broaches the subjects of suicide ideation, mental health, depression, and Losa's personal battle with stage two breast cancer. The episode sheds light on the importance of ending stigma associated with mental health struggles, building empathy and understanding amongst caregivers, families, and society at large. They stress adopting mindfulness and gratitude as personal practices, and discuss the significance of empathetic human connection, importance of instilling gratitude, and changing stigmatized narratives surrounding mental health for future generations. The episode concludes with the call to appreciation for life, even amidst challenges and pain.   00:00 Introduction to Suicide Zen Forgiveness Podcast 00:56 Introducing the Guest: Losa McCoy 01:41 Losa's Battle with Depression, Suicide Ideation, and Cancer 02:31 The Impact of Cancer on Family and the Concept of 'Mom Guilt' 05:00 The Struggles of Parenting While Battling Cancer 08:56 The Loneliness of the Cancer Battle and the Importance of Support 09:49 Suicide Ideation Amidst the Cancer Battle 11:00 The Importance of Self-Care and Mindfulness in Overcoming Challenges 16:48 The Need for Open Conversations about Suicide and Mental Health 20:02 The Stigma of Mental Health and the Need for Change 27:04 The Importance of Empathy in Healthcare 28:13 Personal Experiences with Medical Stigmatization 29:20 The Power of Human Connection 29:45 Discussing the Works of Renee Brown 31:10 The Struggles of Medical Procedures 33:16 The Journey from Medical Field to Computers 36:11 The Power of Mindfulness 46:02 The Importance of Gratitude 48:08 Closing Remarks and Appreciation 48:54 Podcast Outro and Sponsor Acknowledgements Losa's journey is a testament to the power of personal growth and healing. Drawing from a profound well of life experiences, she has emerged not only as a survivor but as a beacon of hope for those navigating their own paths of transformation. Her story, marked by trials and triumphs, has cultivated a deep understanding of the human spirit and a genuine empathy for the struggles that shape us all. As the luminary force behind From Suffering to Serenity, Losa has created a sanctuary where individuals embark on a transformative journey toward inner peace and well-being. Her holistic approach embraces the mind, body, and spirit, offering a diverse range of tools and practices tailored to each unique individual seeking solace. BIO Losa's commitment to building an environment of growth extends beyond her professional endeavors. She is not only a mentor but a compassionate guide, walking alongside others as they navigate the intricate path from suffering to serenity. Her passion for empowering others to reclaim their lives is evident in every facet of her work. Email: Losa@fromsufferingtoserenity.com Phone: 1-801-631-4002 SOCIALS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/losa.c.mccoy  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/losachristie21/  Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/lcmccoy1  X (Twitter): https://twitter.com/LosaMccoy2175
Ending the Silence: A Death Doula’s Take on Suicide and Mental Health S7 E3
Jan 23 2024
Ending the Silence: A Death Doula’s Take on Suicide and Mental Health S7 E3
Deeper Conversations about Mental Health, Grief, and Education In this episode of Suicide Zen Forgiveness, host Elaine Lindsay talks to death doula Jill McClennan about ending the stigma around suicide and mental health. Despite societal norms, they delve deep into the importance of opening up about grief and pain. They also talk about the critical role of educating children not only about suicide or death but also about understanding their thoughts and feelings. Furthermore, they discuss how societal judgment often causes certain actions and how addressing the root cause could bring about positive change. Lastly, the conversation illuminates the shortcomings of societal norms on victim-blaming and the urgent need for empathy and community support.   00:00 Introduction to Suicide Zen Forgiveness Podcast 00:11 The Importance of Normalizing Conversations about Suicide and Mental Health 01:00 Introducing Guest Speaker: Jill McClennan 01:52 The Importance of Conversations about Death and Dying 02:54 Personal Experiences with Grief and Loss 03:26 The Impact of Unprocessed Grief 05:05 The Unique Grief of Losing a Pet 09:23 The Importance of Honest Conversations about Grief 12:17 The Impact of Divorce and Absent Parents on Children 17:07 The Importance of Honesty and Openness in Parenting 23:14 The Need for Better Mental Health Education 25:45 The Role of Meditation and Self-Reflection in Mental Health 28:33 The Impact of External Influences on Our Thoughts 28:56 The Cyclical Nature of Life and Adaptability 29:31 The Power of Choice and Empowerment in Thought 30:04 Understanding the Spectrum of Human Behavior 30:49 The Strength in Being Different 31:44 The Struggle with Unprocessed Trauma 33:19 The Importance of Addressing Root Causes 34:16 The Power of Self-Reflection and Processing Trauma 34:50 The Challenge of Society's Expectations 36:52 The Impact of Victim Blaming 42:05 The Importance of Teaching Life Skills 45:05 Closing Remarks and Future Conversations 46:04 The Power of Community and Uplifting Each Other 47:26 Post-Show Notes and Acknowledgements   Jill McClennen is a certified death doula, grief coach, and the "Seeing Death Clearly" podcast host. Jill offers compassionate support, practical preparation, and deep emotional healing to clients and their families. She provides her services in person as well as virtually. Beyond her role as a death doula, Jill is also a trauma-sensitive yoga instructor. She incorporates movement, reiki, and shamanic healing techniques to assist clients in addressing their fears surrounding death, coping with grief, and finding peace around the end of life. Her journey as a death doula has profoundly shaped Jill's perspective on life's priorities. This transformation fuels her mission of helping others clarify their core values, regardless of the time they have left. Through her podcast, Jill engages in meaningful discussions with various guests about death, dying, grief, and how to live life fully. She advocates for open, honest dialogues about death, dying, and grief among friends and loved ones, including age-appropriate discussions with children from an early age.   https://www.endoflifeclarity.com https://m.facebook.com/endoflifeclarity https://www.facebook.com/groups/endoflifeclaritycircle/ http://www.instagram.com/endoflifeclarity https://www.linkedin.com/in/jillmcclennen https://www.tiktok.com/@endoflifeclarity https://seeingdeathclearly.buzzsprout.com Jill C. McClennen Death Doula - Death and Grief Coach - Podcast Host https://www.endoflifeclarity.com Seeing Death Clearly Podcast
16 Years Undead: Madeline’s Fight Against a System Error S7 E2
Jan 16 2024
16 Years Undead: Madeline’s Fight Against a System Error S7 E2
Surviving Against All Odds: Madeline Michelle Carthen's Battle with the U.S. Government Elaine Lindsay, host of Suicide Zen Forgiveness, discusses with Madeline Michelle Carthen her 16-year-long battle with various government agencies that erroneously declared her dead. Madeline details her enormous efforts to prove her existence, from learning law to appearing in court. Despite the harrowing experience and its toll on her mental health, Madeline remains resilient and is determined to eventually get in front of the Ways and Measures Committee to rectify the error. She also observes the security flaws in governmental systems and suggests possible improvements. The conversation extends to discuss the value of faith in difficult times, the importance of personal resilience, and the power of hope. 00:00 Introduction to Suicide Zen Forgiveness Podcast 00:17 Elaine Lindsay's Mission and Podcast Disclaimer 01:11 Introduction to the Episode and Guest 03:07 Guest's Personal Story: The Beginning 03:56 The Unfolding Mystery: Declared Dead 06:49 The Struggles and Consequences of Being 'Dead' 09:47 Media Coverage and Legal Battles 14:15 The Impact on Personal Life and Mental Health 22:14 The Search for a Solution: Legal Research and Self-Representation 23:57 The Struggle with Erroneous Death Letters 24:42 The Impact of Identity Errors on Personal Life 25:51 Navigating Legal Challenges and Name Change 27:25 The Aftermath of Name Change and Identity Restoration 29:18 The Media Attention and Its Consequences 30:42 The Ongoing Battle with Social Security Administration 31:31 The Intricacies of Identity Theft and Financial Impact 32:26 The Struggle with Government Agencies and Privacy Breaches 36:08 The Discovery of Unclaimed Benefits and Financial Anomalies 38:57 The Plan to Approach Congress and Future Aspirations 39:59 The Continuous Breaches and the Fight for Privacy 41:14 Closing Remarks and Call to Action   People  Article New York Post    BIO Proficient in Entrepreneurship, Urban ministry and mentorship, Madeline-Michelle continuously works with men, women, and at-risk youth in urban communities who have been limited in their spiritual and mental growth.  She understands more of youths’ nature stems from their societal hindrances and their environment, since she has traveled throughout West Africa and supporting her South India international ministry. Professionally, Madeline-Madeline experience varies and includes working with Fortune 500 companies, schools, and the Information Systems Technology Department at Florissant Valley Community College in St. Louis.  Madeline-Michelle have been a 29 year volunteer, spiritual advisor and advocate throughout the Missouri Eastern Region Department of Correction Institution.  She have received the Volunteer of the Year award for diligently volunteering her time as a spiritual mentor to incarcerated men and women. For five years, Madeline-Madeline served as an associate minister and “right arm” for her former pastor at Covenant Church Christian Center, before being ordained as a minister in June 1999. Later, as a full-time minister, Carthen who also is an advocate for justice and public safety has helped implement pilot training programs for probation staff and coordinators in the City of St. Louis Department of Corrections.  She served as a Certified Mentor working with St. Louis County Juvenile Detention Center. Madeline-Michelle, role was to conducting weekly, non-custodial fathers support group meetings at the St. Louis County Justice Center with the assistance of the Father Support Center reunifying families. Madeline-Madeline a former Associate Pastor affiliated with United Methodist Church (UMC) in, Missouri and the youngest of three siblings. At the age of 24 years old, she dedicated herself to Christian ministry full-time.   Madeline-Madeline graduated from the Adults in Ministry program at St. Louis Christian College, where she minored in Urban Christian Ministry.  She was a former Master of Divinity candidate attending Eden Theological Seminary.  Soon after a few years Madeline-Michelle enrolled as a professional student who was appointed as an Ambassador through Missouri Trade and Business Office.  This appointment was on behalf of Webster University International Business Intern Exchange Program that granted Madeline the opportunity to study Entrepreneurship with a Minor in International Business at Legon University in Accra Ghana.   Minister Madeline-Madeline: Carthen, a published author who is still advocating her life existence with the hope of her identity being restored. The U.S. Social Security Administration declared her deceased over 16 years ago in Missouri. Formerly known as -Rev. Madeline M. Coburn: books, biography, latest update Look for a copy @ CreateSpace.com Amazon.com Bakers and Taylor BarnesandNoble.com Borders.com Target.com C.R.I.E.D A Pastor’s Life Behind Bars Credentials: Ordained Minister Entreprenuer  Author  Public Speaker    CONTACT: Madeline-Michelle: Carthen EMAIL: MMCOBURN1@GMAIL.COM  +1(314) 546-9388   Facebook: madeline michelle carthen LinkedIn: carthencornerstonesolutions
Victim to Vegas: Kevin Lepine’s Powerful Transformation Journey S7 E1
Jan 9 2024
Victim to Vegas: Kevin Lepine’s Powerful Transformation Journey S7 E1
Surviving Abuse, Suicide and Building a Supportive Community with Hypnotist Kevin Lepine   In this episode of 'Suicide Zen Forgiveness', host Elaine Lindsay interviews professional hypnotist, Kevin Lepine, who survived an abusive childhood and suicidal thoughts. Kevin's journey from being a bullied, adopted child in Detroit to becoming a headliner in Las Vegas has been filled with adversity. He attributes his growth to the supportive community that helped him build resilience. The discussion also covers the importance of community for mental health, the detrimental effects of isolation, and the need to normalize conversations about mental health issues. Kevin and Elaine further delve into the effects of negative self-talk and the role of acceptance and gratitude in overcoming life's challenges. The episode also emphasizes the necessity for immediate help for people experiencing grief or mental health problems, encouraging those affected to reach out to local health services. Kevin also discusses the inspiration behind his book 'Deep Into My Eyes from Victim to Vegas Headliner.'   00:00 Introduction to Suicide Zen Forgiveness Podcast 00:54 Introducing the Guest: Kevin's Journey 02:44 Kevin's Struggles and Triumphs 03:23 The Importance of Community 04:21 The Power of Negative Self-Talk 12:03 Kevin's Personal Experiences with Suicide 13:32 Building a Supportive Community 14:18 Dealing with Trauma and Grief 22:31 The Role of Trust in Healing 24:19 The Impact of Changing Family Dynamics 26:45 The Comfort of Predictable TV Shows 27:45 Analyzing the Dark Side of Classic Cartoons 28:10 The Misinterpreted Message of Rudolph 29:48 The Power of Community and Mentorship 31:20 The Journey to Success in Entertainment 32:03 The Importance of Seeking Help and Advice 34:30 The Power of Positivity and Community Support 36:36 The Impact of Community on Mental Health 39:31 The Role of Hypnosis in Personal Growth 41:31 The Power of Gratitude and Acknowledging Mentors 44:04 Closing Remarks and Future Plans 47:40 Podcast Outro and Sponsor Acknowledgements   Bio Before opening his show "HYPNOSIS UNLEASHED” in Las Vegas in 2010, hypnotist Kevin Lepine was touring around the world making people laugh and showing how fun the power of your mind really is. His dynamic speaking abilities make him a keynote speaker for professional industries. He is also a multi-time "Best of Vegas" winner. Learn more at www.HypnosisUnleashed.com His autobiography “Deep Into My Eyes: From Victim to Vegas Headliner” tells how he  started as a child from Detroit who was adopted, bullied, and abused and managed to become a headliner in Las Vegas. Despite facing depression, suicidal thoughts, abuse, and addiction, Kevin refused to give up. Through his journey, he discovered the importance of finding support and belonging in communities that embraced him and helped him heal. His journey has not only transformed his own life, but it has also empowered others to find the strength to overcome their own struggles.   Links: www.VegasHypnosisShow.com www.DeepIntoMyEyes.com   Socials Facebook Instagram TikTok