Hanging on for hope is stories about everyday people aiming to overcome trauma , extreme grief and adverse life experiences. From motherhood and mental health to kids In crisis, incarceration and loss of loved ones we hear from everyday people on what they are going through and how they get through it. We also hear from professionals and experts on how to build resilience , the science of trauma and grief and the search for meaningful answers to help people heal their lives . A trauma informed podcast of healing and lives honoured.
Todays guest is. Natalie Watson author of “15 years and 14 chapters, The Loss of My Son in 3 ways"
Her book is the true story of her son Noah Matthew Watson, who tragically passed away while swimming with friends on May 30, 2018 in Welland, Ontario. Noah's story is a spell-binding account of love, survival, resilience and the unbreakable bonds that bind a mother and son, even after death. Throughout the course of this book, Noah's mother shares the story of her son's life from his birth to his death at the age of 14 and explores the relationship that she continues to have with him. By describing personal stories and accounts of the major events that shaped them both during the 15 years of Noah's life, Noah's mother provides a compelling account of her life and struggles as a single mother, how these challenges impacted Noah and how she survived the unspeakable tragedy of losing a child.
Todays guest is Kelsey Lemon
She is. a 27 year old stay at home mother of a 5 year old son, Parker. She is also a recovering addict who is on the methadone program. Kelsey began using at 15 years old and Before she began using I was an A++ student who was in the gifted program who planned to be a lawyer or engineer. Kelsey is also a survivor of sexual assault by a family member. She has since been diagnosed and actively struggles with major depression, severe anxiety and insomnia and has had counsellors suggest she could be manic depressive but currently remains on a wait list for a psychiatrist to get an official diagnosis. Kelsey went to college for Journalism but didn't finish and is currently looking into college programs for Fall 2020. She has been in a relationship for over 6 years with her partner and sons father, Mitchell. As you can imagine she is still trying to figure everything out and learn to cope with her past while looking to the future. Kelsey has a lot of experience finding support and has tried almost every community program for addicts. She loves writing, hiking and bringing her son camping in the back country of our provincial parks. She remains hopeful for the future even though she is still actively struggling with her mental health and today she will share with us more about her story and pearls of wisdom about recovery. Thank you Kelsey for joining me!
Kelly Goring is a mother and a sex and relationship coach
Today Kerry talk about how her and her blended family are working to over come traumatic brain injury in two of her children and what healing looks like for them
Todays interview is with Kate White
Kate White is an advanced bodyworker, perinatal educator, and somatic trauma resolution professional. She is a mother of two children, holds a BA and MA in Communication, a Registered Craniosacral Therapist in the Biodynamic Craniosacral method and a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner. Her work combines somatic therapy, birth preparation, recovery from difficult birth, and somatic trauma resolution. She is the Founding Director of Education for the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and helps administer an online program for parents and professionals who work with parents, runs a private practice, and offers her own seminars through the Center for Prenatal and Perinatal Programs, ppncenter.com.
Today Kate and I discuss pre- cognitive childhood adverse experiences.
Welcome to Hanging on for Hope MAMA ( Motherhood and Mental Health Awareness )edition
In todays episode we speak to Allison Bowman, She is a mom of 2 taking action in her own community with education and practical resources for every day moms. She is also a surviver of Perinatal Anxiety. The less talked about of Perinatal mood challenges.
I have completed my Masters of Arts in Applied Health Science, Community Health. My thesis was designed to promote father involvement among new fathers in Niagara - the DadRocks study. My role as Community Manager for Life With A Baby allows me to address my interest in maternal and paternal mental health. The program is designed to reduce new parents social isolation. I have a passion for knowledge translation and health promotion, I would like to work in research in public or community health. My background as Research Coordinator, where I organized research studies on human participants, will provide me with the background needed to do this work.MA - Applied Health Science - with a passion for knowledge translation and health promotion!
In this episode I talk to Olivia Scobie about motherhood and mental health and she shares more about how trauma can effect or be caused by birth trauma , the window of tolerance and how to build resilience.
Jordan Case was a brilliant child with diagnosed special needs. His beautiful mind did not fit in the box and the ways he has been failed cannot all be mentioned in this podcast. Please listen and learn about how Jordan’s tragic end of life came to be through his courageous mother Angela Case
In this episode we talk with Jessica Robinson’s sister of Laura Straughan who passed away 10 years ago in custody from Pneumonia. We will learn about the circumstances surrounding her death as well as how Jessica has strengthened herself through healing over the last 10 years and growing to empower herself as an advocate for change .
From “Crisis To Custody” is the inaugural episode of “Hanging on for hope”. In this episode host Andrea Page shares some of her story and demonstrates why we all must become trauma informed in order to get to root causes and enact meaningful change socially and systemically .