Suicide is second only to accidents as the leading cause of death in our youth. With this podcast, Dr. Lulu is spreading awareness for, and educating the public on suicide. She is interviewing guests who have been touched personally or otherwise by suicide. If you are a suicide loss survivor, have suicidal ideation, attempted suicide or know anyone who has, this podcast is for you. Listen and be encouraged knowing you are not alone, there is help out there. Call 1-800-SUICIDE or 1-800-273-TALK or text HELP to 741741. May you find peace, love, understanding, and support for your hardship. Dr. L
Second Psychiatrist for the week! But this time, with a twist!
I present to you a trauma psychiatrist that is "educating the universe about psychological trauma and its impact on our brains, bodies, and behavior"
Dr. Alauna is a phenomenal human. As educated as she is beautiful!
She is a shiny example of a #Blackgirlwhorocks! A Black gurl who speaks "fluent trauma".
Brains, Beauty, and Balls. She dares where no one else dares!
I actually knick-named her Zena the warrior princess!
As a pediatrician working alongside her in the vineyard, I thank her.
As a veteran, I thank her.
As a mother of 3 Black males, I thank her.
Find out what is T.O.X.I.C or what is S.H.I.T.T.Y
I will say no more and allow her tell you the rest.
"We are not defined by the things that happen to us."
"I can understand how you feel this way, here is what to do"
"Educate ourselves about our brains, bodies, and behaviors."
Find her on Facebook: Dr. Alauna Trauma Psych, and on YouTube,
Ladies and Gentlemen, if I ever had a twin, I think I met her the day I interviewed one of this week's guests!
Her name is Dr. Kavethra and I absolutely love her!
An immigrant like me, she speaks about her childhood and the successive trauma she experienced from pretty much every aspect of her young life into adulthood.
Talk about ACES and Epigenetics and Transgenerational trauma all rolled into one place, and then the trauma of growing up Indian, gay, and a female!
Dr. Kuvy was only able to scratch the surface of her incredible story before we had to stop due to time constraints, but not before she promised to return for part 2!
"Allow yourself to be who you are, with your impulses"
"I felt I was a bud trying my best to burst out of the earth"
"Even if it feels like no one cares, somebody does"
"Open lines of communication with others, NOW!"
Find her on the internet at www.kavethasun.com
This week's guest was an absolute delight in SO many ways!
Not only is she a fellow "mochalicious" female, but she is also a sister-doc, and most importantly, she is a Naija doc, and she is Igbo!
I thoroughly enjoyed interviewing her!
She dropped ALL kinds of nuggets and shared so many inspirational stories from her life (childhood to today)
From her struggles as a determined Nigerian trying to get into medical school, through married life and birthing, not one, two, or three, but five children!
She is indeed a family doc who is not afraid to sweat the hard stuff.
Find out her thoughts on leaning on supportive family, while holding on to hope, and why she declared that her "personal life was underdeveloped", and how she discovered the need for a mind shift.
"I had to do continuing education as a parent and as a person"
"Life is a journey, be willing to ask for help"
"We are in a relationship with ourselves"
"Selfcare is not selfish, it is vital"
"Be kind and be clear"
Her interview was simply awe-inspiring and intriguing. I will allow you to listen to the rest of it, and don't forget to tell me what you think in your comments.
Find Her on Facebook:
Dr. Nneka Ichoku DO, MPH
As always, I will ask you to please follow my guests and subscribe to this podcast, and leave a review.
If you are feeling anxious and need to talk to someone, call Dr. Lulu at 8027681180, or www.youthmotivationalspace.com
In this episode, I talk about my upcoming book launch. My brand new book called "How to Teach Your Children About Racism", is out on Amazon and it is making waves!!
So far, it is number 1 in 3 categories and counting! It is available now on Amazon for $0.99 for only a few days more, so grab your preorder now! All I ask is for you to please leave me an HONEST review! Here is the link to preorder, YAY!
The party is this Sunday the 26th of July, and you are invited, so let's go! Here is the Calendly link to schedule a time between 10 am and 7 pm CST: https://calendly.com/teenalive/book-launch-party
In this episode, I also touch on a potpourri of points, particularly how to control your anxiety during this pandemic.
What I do to help me and why it works for me.
I am also teaching masterclasses and coaching on Book-writing, as well as Controlling Your Anxiety.
Here are the links to sign up if interested: they come once a month, the next class is on Anxiety and it is on the 31st of July at 6 pm CST.
1/ Book-writing: https://forms.gle/NnkfVqg997ZXZSM86
2/ Control Your Anxiety: https://forms.gle/QRuPdJREBtRLuQhZ8
Lastly, I urge you to please listen to my past episodes that you haven't listened to as at yet, and subscribe as you leave me reviews :)
On that note, al see you on the inside...
She is a medical doctor, an entrepreneur, a fashionista, a mom, a daughter, a divorcee, a medical resident, and a Black Woman.
She is also a rape, incest, and sexual abuse survivor.
This week's guest has a powerful message, that, cannot be denied. She takes us on a journey that is sure to make even the hardest hearts cry with compassion and empathy.
She talks about molestation from the tiny age of KG, a vicious cycle of self-harm, suicide attempts, sexual promiscuity, domestic violence, homelessness, and a divorce, coupled with ostracization by her family, reject, neglect and PTSD, multiple therapists, failed therapy sessions, and mean messages from her family. A story that is indeed made for the movies...
"I was always a straight-A honor roll student, but outside of school and work, I was always a mess".
She can be found on Facebook, and her fashion line is Taymer Appareil.
Listen, learn, and then say a prayer for all those who still suffer as she did.
Have you ever thought about what it means to grow up in a family with polygamy?
My second guest for the week did.
She has also written 32 books, is a speaker, coach, media personality and so much more.
She has sooooo much to share.
I literarily could not keep up with her nuggets as I scribbled away!
She. Was. Awesome!
I am so thankful that she decided to write on our pages this week.
Find Dr. Stem on the internet @ Dr. Stemie.com
Have you ever heard about Post Traumatic Growth Syndrome?
While listening to this episode again, I was struck by the sheer strength exhibited by this week's guest Mrs. Rebecca Tervo of rebeccatervo.com!
She is a woman of extreme courage and determination. A warrior, my "shero."
My simple advice is to listen to this episode intently.
Listen to her words.
Listen to her explanations.
Focus on how we were able to determine that her beloved Trevor actually left up to 6 signs of suicidal behavior in teens.
Find Rebecca on the internet, and follow her awesome work with other parents with suicide loss.
Her website is www.rebeccatervo.com
Listen as she describes her son and all the adjectives she uses to describe him: intellectual, smart, intelligent, and a high achiever, etc.
"You can be happy again."
"You have to start by thinking it is possible to have happiness again."
"I like your podcast because it talks about suicide in a non-shameful way."
Find her books: "Shattered", and "After Your Child's Suicide" on Amazon or on her website.
WARNING! This is a 2hr episode!
It is raw, it is real, it is about RACISM and injustice in America.
Listen and learn.
I pondered about breaking it into 2 halves, had to leave the entire recording because I could not decide at what point to break it up.
This episode is so important in our conversation, I ask you to please listen, and do start the conversation.
I interview 7 Black men, 7 different energies, 7 different stories.
In this week's episode, we listen to Luiza Martin. A multiple suicide attempt survivor.
She talks briefly about the trauma she has endured growing up.
She also came bearing gifts from her Facebook community.
She shows a rare and deep kind of vulnerability that I admire as she shares her story and her dos and don'ts when interacting with a suicidal person.
Listen, learn, subscribe, and share, and make sure you listen to the second episode for this week.
This week's guest is a true fire starter! She talks about everything from colorism and discrimination to embracing the diagnosis of mental illness in our children and taking medication if needed.
A self-proclaimed fire starter, she talks about her struggles with self-acceptance of her "dark skin coloration" as a child, touches on her own son and his struggles with ADHD, medication, and self-healing. She explains why as Black people, the health disparities and the racism runs deep, much deeper than the surface, and finally ends with some much-needed advice for parents.
She can be found on Facebook as Jeneea Moore, with the Saved Over Success Network.
She also has a book out.
Find her, follow her, she will change your life.
In honor of George Floyd and all the Black men and women, boys and girls who have been brutally killed by the police who were sworn to serve and protect.
I interview two Black men (Blake Johnson, Lawrence Johnson), and two White men (Andy Grant and Rishi Eric Infanti), and one special guest, my son, Nnamdi Odita-Honnah.
We talked about hurt, pain, and the need for us to come from the heart to seek understanding.
To put an end to police brutality, and extend a hand of peace across the race aisles.
A must listen!
Please share this particular episode and subscribe for more.
I am interviewing 8 Black men next week, stay tuned for that, you sure don't want to miss that!
Ladies and gentlemen, you are in for a treat this week!
A unicorn of all unicorns came to visit! He is not only a fellow physician, he is also Canadian, a Pediatric and Adolescent Psychiatrist who also works in the emergency psychiatric unit where he focuses on suicidal patients in the Intensive Care Unit. In addition, he is also the most soft-spoken person that I know. His voice is so soothing, I can only be thankful for the universe about his chosen field: working with the most vulnerable and broken of the society, and in his own words... giving "a voice to the underrepresented".
Dr. Black and I had a great time!
We talked about suicide in a way I have not talked about before with anyone. He validates all my assumptions and thought processes. Find out what he said that made me scream out loud! :)
He talks about the effects of social injustices: cultural, school, generational trauma, current trauma, chronic illness, racism, and lack of home support. He even touches on the negative effects of the hospital/hospitalization on suicidal patients. Did you know that there were Canadian Aborigines? Me neither. But he draws a parallel with the African Americans in the US and the reason these individuals succumb to suicidal ideations and suicide.
His work mostly focuses on risk-factor prevention, which he recommends should be individual. Find out what he means by "de-medicalizing of suicide"
"Our medications do not protect us from the insults of stress and anxiety"
"Avoiding suicidality is a fool's errand"
"Black females have a high suicide risk"
As a society, we tend to not "look at what is not, we only look at what is"
To prevent suicide, "there is a really simple intervention, focus on kindness to others"
Dr. Tyler Randall Black can be reached via email @firstname.lastname@example.org
In this bonus episode, I am speaking from my heart as a Black woman living in America, in Texas to be exact. I am talking to listeners about my own personal experience and the experiences of all Black people in America.
I share the trauma my own sons experienced and the trauma that I experience daily as their mother.
I am asking again, that people should STOP dehumanizing us, and begin to see us as humans, as equals, as people with hopes and dreams and lives that need to be lived to their fullest potentials.
I am essentially saying that #BLACKLIVESMATTER.
Finally, I get to publish my good friend Andy's episode!
Ladies and gentlemen, y'all are in for a treat!
Meet #TheAndyGrant, the guest of my first of two episodes this week...
He is a multi-trauma survivor, checking off 8 out of my 13 Reasons Why folks kill themselves.
Andy was so cool, he not only had me on his podcast, he has had me on multiple times since then, and has even dedicated one whole episode to me :)
I truly love his story of perseverance and resiliency.
He shares the one thing he did that we have in common (can you guess what it is?) , his love-hate relationship with his "journal", his secret sauce for staying alive, and all the awesome stuff he is up to.
Find out what "thought-pivoting", meditation habit, spiritual guidance, his six books, yes, 6-books...and all his hospitalizations along his journey.
"It gets better"
"My ups are higher, and my lows are even higher than in my past"
Find him on Facebook @ Andy Grant, and on his webbie www.theandygrant.com for some of his offerings, like coaching, Akashic Records, and other fun stuff. His podcast is called RealMenFeel, please check it out, and support him!
PS: I love Andy so much! He was kind enough to write the forward for my second book, "A Teen's Life", available on Amazon and on my website.
See you soon :)
Dr. Esther is on a mission to not only talk real-talk, but also treat real pain. The sort that keeps most of us up at night, the sort that prevents us from saying something, saying anything about it... The sort that prevents us from living our lives out loud, and living to the best of our abilities.
She is a Physical Therapist, and Women's Pelvic Health Specialist, and works through a Wholistic approach. She talks about how we all need support, need to address our pain, and how we need psychotherapy, as well as physiotherapy in order to keep body and soul completely together.
She gets a bit personal and shares her own story of suicide within her own circle and how she is still dealing with those memories to this date. This led to the quote in our title today.
"Just because it is common, doesn't mean it is normal"
To find her, you only have to look at www.thepelvicplacept.com. On IG; @ ThePelvicplacePT, and on FB The Pelvic Place Physical Therapy.
Do find and support her.
Don't forget to share this podcast.
Our second guest this week is none other than Margarita Castro-Zarraga. She is a fellow DPC doc, a foreign grad, a mom, and an entrepreneur holding it all down and making it look easy.
She comes to share a personal childhood story of trauma and growing up with a half-sibling she initially didn't like.
Today, she is a thriving physician and speaker. She gets along quite well with him (thanks to her angel Mom) is impacting lives and using her message to save souls.
Listen as she recounts her story, and follow as she shows us how she eventually got over the "ultra brief" periods of suicidality, stigma, shame, stress, self-doubt, and pain of her childhood: "I walked to the kitchen, picked up a kitchen knife and ...
"Blissipline: Discipline yourself so you can live in bliss"
"You can't give something you don't have"
Find her at Genera Personal Primary Care or Genera.com (508)591-0655
On all social media platforms: Margarita Castro-Zarraga
As always, thank you for listening,
Our second guest this week is none other than Ms. McKenzie!
She is back today with all sorts of real insights and helps us truly look into the lives of our teenage girls and boys in school, especially in middle and high school.
She was so gracious with it. She patiently led us through a day, a week, and months in the lives of teens.
She painted a clear picture of bullying, both verbally, emotionally, physically, and even sexually to us. And led us on a journey that resulted in self-loathing, low self-esteem, and a negative sense of self that has lasted into adulthood.
What a brave girl she is.
You can find her or pictures of her cat on Instagram any day. @McKenzieCampanile.
She will surely be back for part three of her interview.
Please listen to this episode and remember to be kind to each other, and that the 2 most important words during a bullying episode is "STOP IT"
This is Dr. Lulu, signing out!
Ladies and gentlemen, today's guest is Mari, mi hermana, mi amiga que es muy Linda, con un Corazon mas bueno. This is my Spanish for my sister, my very beautiful friend with an even more beautiful heart.
As a child, she resorted to self-harm following the worst experience of any childhood. As if that was not enough, as she grew up, she also experienced the death of a friend and colleague through suicide.
This week's guest, Mari, also happens to be a wonderful family nurse practitioner, a US Air Force Veteran, a daughter, sister, wife, mom, and I am proud to call her my personal friend. Indeed she has been through it all, and still standing. She epitomizes what this podcast is about...STRENGTH IN ADVERSITY.
"Look for the nonverbals."
"I look into my patient's eyes to see if they are ok, even when they say they are not."
"There is life outside the pain."
"You never know what a gift you can be to people because of your pain."
I can't even add any more to it... this is a perfect place to end.
Chris our second guest this week was such a fun person to interview, that I dubbed him my White twin brother! Full of nuggets of wisdom and experience. He shares about his humble beginnings and his desire and efforts to help his Mom even before he was a teenager. Today he is a successful businessman, father, husband, mentor, and coach. Find out what he thinks about a glass half full/empty, and why he has the weirdest icons on his LinkedIn profile, or why he sings and serenades his friends on social media.
Coming from a past full of self-doubt due to his weight, second-guessing himself, and worrying about what other people's opinions about him, he dared to "allow himself to be," and some of us are extremely thankful he did.
What gets you excited?
What Inspires you?
"We are not tigers or leopards, we are humans, we CAN change"
"We have to be our own unstoppable heroes"
"The best way to fight a bully is to step forward"
"It doesn't matter if the glass is half full or half empty, we can always refill it, for ourselves and for others"
"One size fits one"
***"You have the power to be the change and make the change in your life, today is the day to do it"
You can find him on LinkedIn or @ www.trunorthFS.com OR www.trunorthFS.com/inspiration
For now, take good care, enjoy your week, and don't forget to wash hands, wear a mask and stay home if you don't have to go outdoors :)
This week's guest is nothing short of a phenom. She is a true example of chronically living with self-hatred and the story she shares today shows how deep the voices inside your head can be. How incapacitating and also, how dangerous it can be. She bravely describes how the ins and outs of living with significant depression, anxiety, and feelings of low self-worth.
Her heart shines through her story though. She is such a trooper that we actually were shared a lot of laughs during this somewhat difficult interview. From significant body dysmorphism to being diagnosed with depression and taking antidepressants to canceling all social media to adopting two pets, she has so much insight and is able to share the ups and downs with us today.
"All you see is staged moments" (with regards to social media)
"It's better to feel pain than nothing at all"
"The opposite of love is indifference"
"You are more than what you think people think you are and you are more than what people think you are"
In the end, Mckenzie might have said she likes my podcast as much as she likes her aunt's :), she also promised she will return for part-2, so stay tuned.
For now, stay well, stay tuned, and stay frosty...
Today's episode is a real treat!
My guest is Ms. Sherna Alexander, from the island of Trinidad and Tobago! She shares some really painful gut-renching stories of how she grew up in an era where orphans were called "bastards" and not allowed to live like other children. Her story was a real eye-opener for me.
Listen to her thoughts on the church, God, and trusted family members who betrayed her over and over as a child.
The interview ended abruptly because we lost sound, but she got her message across.
Find out why and when I cried, and what my confession was, and why I asked you to please be more compassionate and sensitive of your thoughts when next you see a pregnant teen, encounter a suicidal person or even hear news about people who made the ultimate decision to end their lives.
As always, thanks for listening, please share this and I will see you next week.
Welcome back to a brand new episode of Suicide Pages! It feels like it has been ages since I recorded a brand new episode, and I am extremely happy to welcome back our guest for this week. He is none other than Rishi Eric Infanti!
Unbeknownst to me, he actually is recovering from Covid-19!
This week, he brings his knowledge and wisdom to the airwaves and as always, is here to pour out his love and value into us. He talks about his experience with the infection and expresses his gratitude to the doctors and nurses and the VA for taking care of him.
With quotes like "Breathwork is the gatekeeper to the divine," "We need stillness to connect," and "Our humanity has been hit by a tsunami," he is back like a champ and just as soothing as ever.
He advises that we need the will, the desire and, the need to rise above these things, wake up each day with an " I can mentality," put systems and structures like mindfulness in place as a key ingredient in surviving the current situation.
His watchword is "GET MOVING". Move your body, period!
For my teenage listeners, he advises that you "anchor into something that is positive in your lives that make you feel good and makes you feel whole."
Listen and find out what his advice is for me and those of us like me who are constantly going back and forth to the pantry and refrigerator.
Find Eric on the www @MELAacademy.com, on Amazon for his book "Marine on The Mat." He is offering a Breathing mastery program or his Yin Yoga program to my listeners. You can also email him @email@example.com. Please let's support one of our own... thank you.
In this episode which I publish on my birthday week (yay! welcome to 51!), I am essentially appealing to you my audience.
I start by talking briefly about the 9yr old Australian boy who was bullied (to the horror of moms and dads on the internet). The little fella who was so anguished, he was asking his mother for a knife to kill himself. It is bad enough that he was bullied to the point of feeling suicidal, but for the internet to spread rumors about it being a lie is worse. It shows how insensitive we still are to the entire bullying phenomenon. But heaven forbid that he does kill himself, we shall all be quick to send "thoughts and prayers".
I talk about leaning in and tuning in to the right radio frequency of our kids in order to talk, which will lead to understanding them better and to communicate easier. This, to me honestly is the key to connecting to our teens and hopefully setting the stage for a decrease in teen suicides.
Most kids are so anxious now about everything from bullying, to Covid, to yelling parents at home, to schoolwork and everything else in between, so eliminating stress at home is paramount to helping nurture them and thus opening the doors to communication. After all, wouldn't any parent's ultimate wish be that their kids come to them before hurting themselves?? If so, what are we doing when the going is good to encourage that?
I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did recording it.
Do check out my online class on parenting without yelling as well as autographed copies of my parenting and teen suicide awareness books if you are looking for something fun to do this Spring.
Al see you on the internet...
In this episode, I talk about the obvious elephant in the room, Covid - 19, but not for very long. I feel it is a necessary mention, but only for a moment. Then I talk about other things like the most recent teen suicide: A California 15-year-old African American female. Then I discuss some options for self-care, as well as activities you and your kids/teens can engage in during these times.
If you are in the mood or a good read, hop on to my website or Amazon and grab you a copy of my latest book about teen suicide. It might help enlighten you a bit regarding what our teens are going through now.
Most importantly, I would like to encourage everyone to stay strong and stay home. This too shall pass...
In this concluding episode, Dr. Heather is sharing a bit about her own family's dealing with suicide.
She talks a bit more about emotional and moral injury. Guns, and safety in the home, removing judgment of people who are suicidal with emotional trauma to avoid further stigmatization.
She cautions and teaches us about recognizing the signs of suicidal behavior, especially if/when the person has made up their minds about suicide.
She ends by telling us about her plant-based foods business, neuroplasticity, and of course, her BRAND NEW PODCAST centered around her #Wholist Health movement.
Quotables: "Food improves cognitive agility".
We are looking forward to her coming back to talk about kids and food :)
I am so excited about this week's episode which is a 2-part series.
This week, we meet Heather, an ED physician, an entrepreneur, and a woman about her business. She is a petit-framed powerhouse who I have been following on social media and gave me one of my first of many podcast interviews :)
She is out to save lives both in the Emergency department as a nocturnist, seeing a very special breed of patients, as well as through her lifestyle medicine business where she coaches her "tribe" on food and mindset.
In this episode, she breaks down the life of an ED physician from the standpoint of a suicidal patient (adult or child). She shares intricate details of the day to day reality on a fairly generalized level, but still touches on key issues concerning the who, the how, the when of her patients.
As serious as the topic is, we were still able to find some laughs, especially when she talks about her sons.
I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I enjoyed interviewing her. Tune in for next week for a very special announcement she made for the very first time on here.
Suffice it to say, my prayers are with her and other heroes and sheroes in the field of healthcare, who are currently in the line of fire with Covid-19, please join me in lifting her and her family up in prayers.
Then, don't forget to subscribe to this podcast so you don't miss any new episodes as they drop every Tuesday, then join us next week for part 2 of her interview :)
Stay well, and don't forget to wash your hands...again :)
As a mental health nurse, Meagan knows first hand what it is like to look in the eyes of persons who suffer from various mental health issues in the while trying to help them. She knows only too well, the pain of being ostracized, isolated and in pain. But when you lose your brother to suicide, the very thing you have tried to prevent in yourself, your family and your patients, the pain comes home to roost.
She is this week's guest, and she is opening up about life as a sibling suicide survivor (an independent risk for suicide), a wife, a mother and a daughter in anguish. She talks about losing her brother, the pain and the effect that had on her, and continues to have on her as well as her extended family.
After reading one of her comments on FB, I knew instantly that I had to interview her.
Listen to: how she describes her encounters with her beloved brother during his last days, what she has to say about a phenomenon that was entirely new to me, called "Upstream Nursing", "Police Wellness Checks", suffering from her own depression while mothering a son struggling with the same, and the unique combination of risk factors that ultimately took her brother's life.
I was super stoked to interview this gentle heart of a woman, I can only hope that I did her interview, justice.
"I am better because I take it" (Lexapro, and antidepressant)
"Do not stop caring, never stop intervening"
"Every day, think about one thing you love about the person"
"Allow yourself to feel the way you feel"
"If you help one person, you can change the world"
Meagan can be found on Facebook in various suicide bereavement groups, volunteering for Youth Mental First Aid, or reading suicide survival books.
As a young Black Nigerian American, Nnamdi aka Papa grew up in South Carolina, attended a Christian school, his parents divorced at the age of 9 yrs, and soon after, discovered he is gay. The first of 3 sons, he suddenly found himself fighting to stay alive in a cruel world that made sure he was punished for being born different. For being born gay.
Listen to his emotional interview with his mother, me.
Learn what it feels like to be young, gay and Black in America. Listen to the thoughts of his 11 yr old self and know exactly what your kids are going through when they are bullied.
As the death toll rises (from suicide) amongst LGBTQ youth, I feel that this interview is so timely. Though it took everything in my power to get him to do it :), I know you will agree with me that it was well worth the wait.
"I felt it was me against the world."
"I didn't tell you because I thought if you did something, it would only make the bullying worse, but I am so happy about the outcome".
"I was blamed by the bully's friends for getting him kicked out of school (for bullying me)"
Join me first in congratulating my first man-child on an awesome interview, so full of enlightenment and nuggets of wisdom. Then congratulate him on nearly finishing up at Stanford later this summer. Then wish him all the very best as he goes on to graduate school and beyond to find and fulfill his destiny!
I love you son :)
Ladies and Gentlemen,
To date, this is one of my favorite episodes!
My guest this week is my sister in so many ways: she is funny, smart, has been through depression, is a family physician-turned blogger and podcaster, and has the funniest wittiest niece ever!
Dr. Joanne Jarrett comes along with all the vulnerability of a schoolgirl. She shares the story of a letter she wrote at the peak of her struggles, that launched her blogging career. I enjoyed interviewing her so much, I didn't want it to end.
Find out what special thing she did this week that left me wanting more and got her an automatic invite to come back.
Quotables "I hope that knowing my secret will help someone else feel less alone"
As always, listen, share, download, subscribe and leave a review (in no special order), and then hop on to her podcast (Fancy-Free Podcast) and listen and cheer her and her funny girlfriends on as they each share stories about their most embarrassing moments. Who knows, you might even hear a certain podcast host share her own moments too...wink wink.
Aaight now, run along, and I shall see you all next week for another interesting interview... This time, it is someone truly near and dear to my heart, but you will have to listen to find out...:)
We often hear the phrase "when life gives you lemons...", "when life gives you lemons", but what if life does truly give you lemons?? What if your lemons are in the form of a rare childhood cancer? What if you grew up visually impaired, hearing impaired, struggle with hormonal problems and to crown it all, you were bullied in grade school as a result of them? What would you do? What kind of lemonade would you be making?
This week's guest is a phenomenal woman, a cancer survivor, a world traveler, a woman who has looked fear and pain in the eye and is still standing. Luckily, Zaakirah had a solid support system growing up, from her family, but life was still quite tough.
Among other things, she encourages parents to focus on the love languages of their kids, and she discusses her love for photography, and her battles with seasonal depression.
"I did not know that the word survivor was a positive thing."
"A photograph saved my life"
Also a fellow podcaster, (Living Legacy Podcast) she shares her stories of survival and hope with us.
Join me in supporting a fellow Black Woman of Purpose, sharing her story of resilience this week.
In continuation of our mindfulness series, we listen to our teacher and yoga instructor, Eric.
He continues to deconstruct mindfulness in today's episode, and even gives me a private coaching lesson on what to do to become centered and stay present in my relationship with my significant other.
He gives us great examples of ways to incorporate and practice mindfulness daily and in our little spaces and answers my questions about those darn yoga positions. Explains Yin Yoga in a few words and how yoga practitioners can reap the fruits of "shavasana".
He ends by introducing his brand new book, which at the time of the recording had not yet been released, but is currently in stores and doing really well. Be sure to pick up your copy ASAP.
Quotes "if we are not paying attention, we are not having the presence of mind to change behaviors"..."presence is vital"
Ladies and Gentlemen, you can find him on FB as Rishi Eric Infanti, and on his website @ MELAacademy.com
If you have been a listener to my podcast, then you know Mr. Rishi Eric Infanti. The man. The legend. The Yogi. The teacher.
Then you know this episode is going to be as rich as it is deep. And he will not disappoint you.
He defines mindfulness as: "the deliberate act of paying attention, the state of being present"... "a connection through the heart", "a process of trying to tap into the energy of another human being", and "the tool to deepen the intuition to allow us to be present with others".
Today, he talks to clinicians and family members alike, about Mindfulness as a tool for everything, both those that we know like; for clarity, bias prevention, stress reduction, focus improvement, etc. and even for suicide prevention.
This is probably one of the deepest episodes so far, I suggest you find a quiet place and listen to this episode...multiple times...it is that good :)
He teaches us that "family members and clinical providers must have the mindfulness to recognize signs of suicidality and the awareness to help others".
He goes on to list the benefits of mindfulness and even offers you, listeners, a great deal for listening...
Check out his website: MELA academy.com for the good deals and tell him Dr. Lulu sent you! Enjoy!
Another unicorn in the person of Pastor Kevin Wilson, my first chaplain so far. Kevin comes bearing gifts, gifts of hope and survival and accomplishments. He is a chaplain at Rush Hospital Chicago, and a father of three, with one special needs child.
He shares how at a very young age he started wearing masks, all kinds of masks, and perfected the act. Stemming from being raised in a household where he felt his voice was silenced, he learned how to hibernate and got really good at isolating and hiding his feelings. He is a (Black) man who is unafraid to admit to receiving therapy, and we love that!
He says therapy showed him how his issues affect those around him.
Find out what masks he wore all through his earlier years until he became a healer of wounded souls at their hospital bedsides.
"The mind remembers"
"A lot of men are going around with silent cries"
"Therapy shattered the glass"
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me"
"When you are alone, be alone in His presence"
He can be found on social media and on Facebook as Kevin Wilson, and on IG as K.Wil83
What can I say about today's guest? She is absolutely dynamic, full of life, charming, has a megawatt smile, is able to make me laugh out loud while recording a show about suicide, and still shares her story and message of hope and empathy and compassion.
Hailing from just across the pond in Canada, Corina is an energizer bunny who embodies all the -isms of life. She has suffered from depression, deep depression and come out on top. She now empowers others and gets them to change their mindset on many and anything.
She is a parent coach, who knew at the tender age of 4 that there was something wrong with her. She was eventually diagnosed with depression as an adult, but not before she was constantly plagued with suicidal ideation as a preteen and teen, and endured bullying of a certain kind because of her physical height. Find out the daring action she took with one of her bullies.
Preaching a message of hope, she asks listeners to reach out when they are down, and decide that they are enough.
Quotes: "If we don't experience the sadness, we cannot fully embrace the brightness inside"
"Decide you are enough, then take the necessary steps to be the happiest and best that you can be"
"The fact that you woke up today, is a sign that you need to stay"
She can be found on FB as Corina Metz- Hemming, and on IG simply as @corinahemmings (all lower case)
Her exclusive Facebook group is called Decide Tribe.
Social Anxiety Disorder is a clinical phenomenon that does not get its due credit. Many sufferers either don't know they have it, or many around them don't recognize it as a bonafide diagnosis. This week's guest Ms. Hayley is one such sufferer. She, unfortunately, went undiagnosed for long enough to have fairly negative outcomes from her disease.
However, she has conquered her fears and is now at a much better place. Currently, she works to help others who are struggling with SAD like her find answers and hope.
She is currently a director at Quiet Connections, where she helps create awareness for mental illness in schools. Teaching the kids that even though we might sometimes feel we are not good enough, we all must continue to strive to be our best selves.
"Choose courage over comfort" ~ Brenne Brown
"I believe that I can change"
"Choose what is right vs what is easy"
"You can do more than you think you can, you just have to try"
She can be found online @www.quietconnections.uk
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Thanks, Dr. L
What is our purpose in this life?
Do our friends know our innermost minds?
Are we truly living up to our potentials?
How are we all doing in the #selfworth department?
Is it possible for someone to actually "enjoy" being miserable?
Can we truly be transparent, or are we afraid of being judged by others?
All these and other questions were tackled and answered eloquently by this week's guest, Ms. Regena. She is a realtor-turned Yogi and Soul coach, international speaker and author. She was kind enough to bare her soul to me during this interview, and I can't wait to share it with you.
No stranger to depression and suicidal ideation, find out how Ms. Regena has transformed her life and her pain to help others with theirs. A self-proclaimed spiritualist, she firmly believes that we are "spiritual beings all living a human experience". She describes the journey out of depression as "simple, but not easy".
"Be grateful for the things that cause you pain, so you can learn and grow from them"
"When you are in the picture, you can't see the frame"
"I thought that by taking my life, I could control the outcome of my life"
This final installment for the year, promises to be full of knowledge and wisdom for everyone.
Ms. Regena can be found online @ internalpeacenow.com or spirtualjunkie.com (NOTE THE SPELLING), or simply text the word YOGA to 64600.
Today is not only the last day of the year, it is the last day of the decade, and since it is also a Tuesday, we have a special End of the Year episode!
It is with great humility, yet pride and joy that I say a TEXAS sized THANK YOU for a beautiful first season and first year! After only 5 months we are at 3000 downloads and counting!
Thank you so much for the subscriptions, the shares, and the reviews.
Best of thanks to my guests who have kindly shared their stories to help others live.
May you all have the very best life can bring this coming year.
When she discovered she was HIV positive at the tender age of 16, Ms. Mabena had to literarily decide to live or die. She struggled with frequent thoughts of being better off dead until she realized one day that her story might save another person, and that was when she decided to go public with it, and she has never looked back.
She joins us today from Zambia and talks candidly about her life, the work she is doing to raise awareness for living with HIV and other stories.
She is an author, international speaker, motivator, mentor and runs a nonprofit called The Knowledge Effect which helps educate children in the rural areas of Zambia. Her online brand aptly called "Living Positively" helps spread awareness for HIV and other challenging life circumstances.
She firmly believes in empowering others and scaling challenges. In her work, she mentors women and young adults, ages 20-32yr through her books and speaking engagements. Her Living Positively brand is her vehicle for positive change in the world, and her main focus is self-acceptance, compassion, and love.
She currently has authored 2 books both available on Amazon; Living Positively, the Winnie Mabena Story, and Dear Young Woman: an Amazon bestseller.
"You must have a personal definition of who you are".
"Run with the small pieces of positivity".
"Your life experiences do not take away your value".
"We must edit our life story as we go".
"How can we learn from our pain?"
She is on all social media platforms especially FB, Twitter, and IG as Living Positively. She is available for speaking engagements and accepts donations for her works with The Knowledge Effect.
Listen, subscribe, share and repeat.
In this episode, I introduce my brand new baby!! My book titled A Teen's Life, in which we take a critical look at the lives of 12 youngsters, ages ranging from early teens to the early twenties. It is essentially about suicide prevention, but it paints the picture from the teens' perspectives and we get a glimpse of how they might arrive at decisions to inflict self-harm on themselves and even on how they might decide to take it to the next level.
They share their struggles and life choices with me (Dr. Lulu) in a Dear Doctor format. I do my very best to respond to their needs and counsel them from a mother's perspective, an empath's corner, and from a professional level as well.
The book is divided into three parts (essentially three books in one). The first part describes the global burden of suicide, the second part chronicles the teens and their struggles, and the third part deals with the next steps. What to do next, and by whom.
The electronic version is available on my website and on Kindle for $4.99 now, or for free if you have Kindle unlimited (see links below). I am still awaiting other outlets like Barnes and Nobles Nook, Kobo and IngramSpark. I plan on having the paperback ready by the end of the time this episode is released. Be on the lookout.
I plan on expanding it to a series and adding one about girls and one about just boys to the mix.
I welcome your suggestions, comments, and reviews on the book. You may also email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy, and don't forget to share the info on the book and this podcast :)
When an ER physician has taken care of an 8yr old attempted suicide but has nowhere to send them, what does she do?
Dr. Leah shares her heartbreaking story of a suicide attempt that gets sucked into the world of hospital bureaucracy and inadequacies and inefficiencies. She also speaks passionately about her work with physician autonomy called HPAC, a company which she founded to help correct the decay in the present-day hospital systems and the system of "uncompensated administrative burdens" they impose on doctors daily that often lead to burnout and suicidal ideation as well as suicide.
No stranger to depressive and suicidal symptoms herself, she tells us how she found answers by reaching out to online communities of doctors when the going got tough for her.
Her sound advice is "If you are depressed and suicidal, ensure you are not surrounded by a** holes." She also advises us to "change our environments and try something new, shift our ways of thinking, and reconnect with our happy selves" when we find ourselves in a rut... No truer words.
Dr. Leah can be found on most social media platforms.
In this second part (I promise I don't cry quite as much), Angel paints the story of how things finally begin to turn around for her, but not before some more drama in true Angel-style.
She shares how she met the love of her life, how she went on to have children and have multiple successful businesses.
She now realizes that all her life's traumas have been building blocks for her life today.
She also has an amazing giveaway for our listeners: 3 FREE hours of Energy reading for the first listeners to send me an email to email@example.com telling me why you love my podcast and what your favorite episode has been till date.
Her favorite quote: "There is always light at the end of the tunnel". Favorite Book "Conversations with God" by Neal Donald Walsch.
Seatback, relax, and enjoy this week's episode.
What do you do when you are sexually molested by a family member at the age of five? Grow up with a verbally and emotionally abusive father? Are repeatedly sexually assaulted through most of your growing years? Are betrayed by the people you call your friends? And find yourself dealing with pain and suffering most of your life? ... You attempt suicide MULTIPLE times! That's what you do!
That is the summary of the life of this week's guest.
Ms. Angel Alvaro bares it all in part one of her two-part series.
It promises to be an emotional rollercoaster.
Come with your box of Kleenex and a bag of popcorn.
Call your girlfriends and let's have a nice tet-a-tet...
A Speaker, Life Activator and Accelerator, a Life Business Coach and Energy Healer, she has been gracious to offer my listeners a free reading! All you have to do is send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell me why you listen to the podcast and what your favorite episode is so far :) Hope you win!
Join us next week for part 2 and the conclusion of Angel's page.
Don't forget to share and subscribe and leave a comment if you can.
Today we are speaking to another unicorn... a Black male, and this one actually endorses psychotherapy when one is hurting and needing to find their way.
Our Guest Mr. B Lee is an educator in every sense of the word. He teaches high schoolers Government and Theatre. He also teaches and mentors his students on life, especially since some of them are Juvenile Offenders, who have had issues with the system due in part to gaps in their education and care.
After losing multiple family members in a short time span, he went through the tunnel of darkness and loss but eventually came out on the other side with a firm resolve to continue life's work in molding our teens. He is a truly remarkable man, who gives props to his father as the person who not only molded him but also molded others.
He admits that life is still a daily struggle, but he uses the arts to find the motivation to explore his feelings and carry on. He focuses his life on "where the rubber meets the road", because in his words, "the children want someone with a listening ear".
An excellent interview for anyone needing some motivation and some inspiration.
Find him on Facebook as B Lee, on IG as "Luv to hate B Lee"
A very happy Veteran's Day to all my fellow Vets out there. To all the servicemen and women in boots, I see ya'll. I appreciate y'all and much love.
Today, we are going to examine some myths about suicide that I came across while researching for my second book about teens and their unique struggles. It is aptly called A Teen's Life.
The points are certainly food for thought.
For instance, the fact that prescription antidepressants have quadrupled in the past few years, and if they work (as big Pharma would like us to believe), then why are suicide rates on the rise? Well, I will venture that it is because mental illness is only one of a myriad of reasons people choose to end their lives.
Listen, learn, enjoy, and share...
Talk to you next week :)
Today's guest is special in so many ways to me. We both are immigrants, both are authors and speakers, and we both have fibromyalgia.
Seema takes us on a journey through a childhood full of ill health, self-doubt, significant bullying and lots of other kinds of trauma, coupled with a difficult diagnosis.
She attempted suicide 4 times as a result of lots of challenges in her childhood and we are thankful today that she did not end up dying because she is making so much of a difference today in other people's lives as a coach, and an international speaker with her message of survival and thriving.
"You look perfectly normal on the outside, while a Tsunami is going on inside", is one of her notable quotes today.
"Go towards the light"
"The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step"
Today she combines nutrition, exercise, mindset changes and spirituality to help her clients.
Her book, "The Authorities", which she co-wrote with 3 NYT bestselling authors, can be found on Amazon.
From the very beginning, I knew Nya was my twin. Bear with me and my croaky voice in this episode, but she paints a picture that parallels mine so much, that I call her my twin!
An Author (a Poet), an Internal Medicine Physician, a survivor of childhood trauma, depression and suicidal ideation at the tender age of 11!
She now is adding her voice to other guests on my podcast that are speaking up about their personal struggles, and letting everyone know that silence kills and talk saves lives.
A child of Congolese diplomats, who "felt ignored" as a child and even cried all night asking for God to take her in her sleep, she shares now how she is dealing with life and her patients, and how she tells them to take it easy, and focus on what is right to avoid in order to not get sick.
Her book of poems is called "Letters from God" on Amazon and at Barnes and Nobles.
As always, many thanks for your downloads and subscriptions and reviews,,, they are well appreciated.
As a pediatrician and mother, this interview was hard at times. My guest, another unicorn has suffered the ULTIMATE loss of all, that of a child, and a tiny newborn at that.
He shares his struggles with depression following a preterm delivery, and how support and love from his family, music, meditation, therapy, and blogging saved him from the darkness that followed.
A mortgage company insurance tracker by day, Anthony is on the path of healing through blogging about his son, mental illness and these have led him to even writing a book.
He credits therapy so much for his journey back from the pain of the loss, that he mentions it repeatedly during the interview, and declares he will always use therapy as a means to continue healing.
"Focus on your focus" and "keep pushing" are his favorite quotes, and his favorite book is "think and grow rich"
I absolutely enjoyed speaking with this gentleman, and wish him all the very best. He can be found on FB/IG as Anthony Abrams Jr, and his blog is www.livingalways.org
His book title is "The Voices Behind Mental Health"
As always, thank you for your continued support of this podcast, join us next week for another interesting guest on Suicide Pages.
When you are only 24 yrs old and have attempted suicide 3 times (between the ages of 19 and 21yrs) due to chronic depression, feelings of self-loathing, worthlessness and even admitting to a "stress memory block", you have been through worse than most people your age. That was the case with today's guest.
She admits to growing up with a negative belief system in a toxic environment that culminated in hopelessness and "many days of simply crying and crying".
"There is no look of depression, yet there is a face of depression", and that face was Sydney's for a long time. She admits that depression and suicide are real, and "no joke". She also admits that "depression was once her life", but all those days of pain have now turned into a blessing.
A former presidential scholar, you would never know that Sydney had the quadruple diagnoses of; ADHD, Seasonal Depression, Dyslexia and Anxiety all at the same time.
Thankfully, she has now found love and is on her way to owning her own business called "The Genuine Ones", where she can put all those feelings of not being good enough to good use by helping others who might be walking the path she has already trodden.
Best quote "just because other people can't see your pain, doesn't mean it is not real..."
As always, thank you to my listeners for your patronage. Thank you for your downloads and thank you for your shares, subscriptions, and reviews. If you know anyone who could benefit from this podcast, please tell them about us, and share the love...:)
This episode is dedicated to you! All of you! Everyone who has made my journey into your hearts and minds possible.
To my guests, I thank you for making my dream to be an interviewer come true. For taking time out to speak about your troubles, your pain, your anguish. For agreeing to put yourselves out there in a world where many are afraid to do just that. For sharing your innermost secrets of insecurity, self-doubt, self-shame, self-hatred and even a willingness to end your life. To the teachers among you, thank you for #becoming a better version of yourselves by sharing knowledge and touching souls.
To my listeners, one thing I know for sure is, I could have the loudest voice ever, but if no one is listening or if no one is available to hear my message, then I am only wasting my time. So, I thank you. I love you, I see you.
To my family, the shoulders upon which I stand, thank you.
To the universe, for allowing a little girls' dreams come true, thank you, and thank you again.
Links to my book; https://www.teenalive.com/books.html
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We can all agree that losing a sibling is a very tough thing to deal with, now imagine losing not one, but two siblings, and a couple of other family members in the space of a few years. That is what our guest today had to deal with in his past.
The first of my #unicorns (Black males), Mr. Torriel Pauley is writing on our pages today.
He is a young man who has dealt with the loss unimaginable by many of us...still he stands.
He is a living legacy of the power of hope in our lives.
He is thriving today as a healthcare IT guru working with radiology software, but it wasn't always easy, like any of us, he had his own personal demons that he battled and won, and we can almost hear the hidden anguish in his voice as he shares his story.
He is a fellow brand new podcaster, his podcast is called "Careers in Healthcare", he showcases healthcare professionals and the good work we are doing. Let's find it on our favorite podcast platforms and show him some love, shall we? He also has a YouTube Channel called "Healthcare IT Solutions", again, please give him some love.
With a story like his, it is easy to understand why his favorite quote is "If there is no struggle, there is no progress" by Frederick Douglas.
It is important that we share our stories, people, because, in the end, that is what we are connected most by.
Thanks again for the many subscriptions and shares... ciao!
Earlier this year in March, Andrea's daughter's 14yr old friend died by suicide. It had a devastating effect on her daughter. What do you do as a mom to stop the kind of pain that ensues in your child? How do you make it go away? How do you make it stop? How do you get your child to move on with the knowledge that the death was not her fault? These and many more questions are what our brave and courageous guest this week has to try and answer.
As a mother, your primary job is to protect your young ones, but can you effectively do that from a place of empty? Faced with her own grief, Andrea pushes it aside and tries to be there for everyone else, but does that strategy really work?
Listen to her powerful testimony, and find out the radical thing she did to finally find herself, those many years ago, and find out what she is doing now to fulfill her purpose and answer God's call to action.
As a multibook author, and entrepreneur, Andrea is taking a stand and proving that grief must be faced squarely, and people must be allowed to grieve in their own way. She is the brain behind the "Grief-Me-Not tour and author of a book with the same name as well as other books.
Yours truly is blessed to be working with Andrea in 2020, I shall be joining her on tour for this worthy cause, so stay tuned!
Her books are available on Amazon, in Barnes and Nobles and other outlets.
Best quote "I had to do something so unconventional that even my parents said, WOW"
As always, thanks for listening and don't forget to subscribe, share and leave us a rating and a review.
The last time she attempted suicide (her 5th) a few years ago, this week's guest, D'Tondja Foster aka Deedee did not think she would survive it. In fact, something told her it was going to be her last... She made sure she planned it out well, left no stone unturned, swept her house and cleaned up everywhere. However, fate was not done with her, the universe and our world still needed her, and she is here today to tell her story.
After suffering multiple losses of close relatives all within a short time, Deedee started feeling like she was better off not being here, but through the "power of determination and prayers", she still stands and is walking taller than ever!
She shares how on that fateful day, she called everyone in her immediate support group, but no one was available, they were all "busy". It goes to show you-you never know when someone will need you, so always stay ready.
After retiring from the healthcare industry, she is now living her best life as a co-author of multiple books, like Voices Behind Mental Illness (available on Amazon) the bestselling anthology she refers to in her interview, and many other books, like "She Wouldn't Let Me Fall", another co-author work. She is simply enjoying her life as a wife, a mother, and a community activist, dedicated to spreading awareness for mental illness and its complications.
She can be reached on Facebook @ Deedee McCoy Foster and on Instagram as Deafdiva01
Check out her episode, and please remember to share and subscribe, and oh, leave me a review if ya like whatchu hear, aaight? This doc appreciates it...:)
In this special episode, I am publishing one of my recent Facebook Live videos as a podcast in honor of September being National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
I talk about the top 13 reasons why your teen might end their life through suicide. I also discuss the signs of suicidal behavior and who is at most risk.
It is a very special episode more so because my primary focus is teen suicide, and my primary avatar is parents and caregivers and they are the ones I am speaking with directly here.
Suicide is, however, everybody's problem. The sooner we all see that, the better.
For the rest of the month of September (and every day henceforth) do something to help lower the rate of suicide in the world. It is so easy to call someone, text someone, go to lunch with them, and look into their eyes, really ask them how they are doing, and LISTEN. Hug someone, smile at someone and offer to take them to get help in the event that they do confide in you.... Finally, tell them you love them, because, the greatest of the gifts is love. If they ask you why you are being so kind, empathetic and compassionate with them, tell them Dr. Lulu sent you :)
I am especially thankful to all the guests, and listeners of this podcast, as well as all my followers on social media and in real life, THANK YOU!
Thank you, thank and thank you again for over 1,200 downloads in 10 weeks!
Y'all, I had SO much fun interviewing Sharon! She is a HOOT! She describes herself as a wife of an Army Veteran, a mother of 2 and a grandmother.
I describe her as a warrior, a survivor, a woman with a golden heart, on a mission to give voice to the voiceless and the invisible.
With her nonprofit movement, aptly called I AM INVISIBLE (I Am Invisible Bullying and Suicide Movement), she is reaching hearts and breaking barriers and creating awareness for (you guessed it) bullying.
Once called a Cry Baby for crying too much, Sharon has turned her tears into jewels and is making a difference in the world. She travels all over the country spreading her message and changing lives every day.
Her story is one of a kind, it spans decades of sadness, and suffering and survival. Once wanting to "disappear" from this earth, and thinking her "husband was going to save her", she is now keeping people, especially children grounded and saving them from themselves.
Her favorite quotes are "It's OK to admit that I am not strong enough", and "kids actually hurt too".
Her take-home message is to first admit that we are not OK, then seek help both emotionally, spiritually, and physically.
She can be found on Facebook and on the web @ www.iaminvisiblebullying.org,
Enjoy, and please continue to write your reviews, thank you for the 5star ratings, downloads and subscriptions...
Listening to this episode, one would not believe that Vicki and I just met a few minutes before this recording. We had an awesome time together. Though heavy at times, we still found space to laugh and enjoy the recording, it is obvious that both our passions shine through. She like me, is a firm believer in abolishing bullying.
Vicki was inspired to join the anti-bullying fight after watching her son with special needs get bullied in the very worst way, by kids at school. She has been propelled to do something great for parents and children all over the world. She is an author, international speaker, and business consultant. Her signature book is appropriately called "Evict The Bully in Your Head"...available on her website @ Vickifitch.com/5K
Whether it is through one of her characters, or the names of said characters, Vicki's unique energy and spirit shines through. She has seen a fair share of sad days and horror from the meanness of kids to her beautiful son. Still, she stands...STRONG!
She takes us on a journey from what to do when bullying occurs, to what to say, and even how to think when bullying is taking place.
Listen and find out what NES or YANA means.
Do you know what October 09 each year is? Do you know what the two most important words to say when bullying is going on? Listen and find out.
Best quotes "hurt people who aren't heard, hurt people",
Best advice to parents "advocate for your child even when they ask you not to".
Please, family, let us find this lovely woman on the internet, buy her books, and support her cause.
Beth Lopez, my first guest of Hispanic ancestry, was such a delight to interview. She calls herself a Universal Soul Coach, a Life Transformer, and CEO of Souls Awakening Academy.
Growing up in a religious Hispanic house hold, her parents were very protective and had her life all planned out (who can relate?), and at one point she realized she was "living" her "parents' life". Unfortunately, no matter how loving and protective we parents are, we cannot protect our children from life, and life did indeed happen to Beth.
She talks about how "looks can be deceiving" and admits to have been a "functional broken person", who felt "displaced", and tied her "worth to" her "paycheck". She struggled with a loss of identity and at one point, drugs became her friend, especially when she felt she had failed in everything she touched, and ideations of suicide became her close companion.
A true story of rising from grass to grace, Beth is now using lots of meditation and nature walks in order to connect with the earth elements, as she helps others find themselves and their purposes in life.
Her quote and advice are "stay true to yourself". "You are loved, you are born whole and complete"
Her website is universalsoulcoach.com, and her IG handle is @igniteyoursanity
I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I enjoyed hanging out with Beth, and don't forget to share this podcast with friends and family, subscribe and download. If you find it within your heart, leave us a comment and maybe even sponsor an episode.
From a very young age, Debbie knew she was different. She "felt" her bullying was her "fault". She lived in what she calls "victim-hood" from age 8 to age 16 as a result of incessant bullying from the same person as bystanders stood aside, watched, and even cheered on. As a victim, she had never blamed the bully, she always blamed herself. Even after telling her parents and doing some things to change her situation, the bullying continued.
Her life was so difficult living as Debbie, that she became obsessed with living as someone else, so she took up drama in school, so she would not have to "live as herself".
As a result of all these stresses, Debbie attempted suicide 3 times!!! She was eventually diagnosed with clinical depression and got help. But she insists that she "allowed herself to be a victim".
Thankfully, she has transformed herself, and now is a holistic counselor and a meditation teacher, who climbed Mount Machu Picchu and raised thousands of dollars for children's charities! So Cool!
She is the founder of the "Freedom To Be Me" Movement, and can be found on Facebook; https://www.facebook.com/debbiedebonairetts
Her favorite quote is "for things to change, you have to change", a very powerful quote if you ask me. She believes that loving yourself first is a different and much better way of loving. She has only two words of encouragement; "REACH OUT"
I hope you enjoy listening to Debbie's page as much as I enjoyed interviewing her twice!
PS: Please download and spread the word. TY
Unless you have been living under a huge rock, you must have heard about all the children and young people who have died from self-inflicted injuries lately. You must have heard that suicide is the second leading cause of death for our youth ages 10-34yr. Well, did you know that many of these suicides were as a result of bullying? Yes, a great majority of children who die by suicide are as a result of bullying... nearly 60%
This is appalling considering the fact that bullying is so pervasive now. Many people even think bullying is a necessary part of growing up, and think kids actually "deserve" to be bullied to make them somehow stronger. Well, I for one disagree, and I hope that if you are in that school of thought, you will have a change of heart after listening to this episode.
Do you know who is at risk of being bullied? Do you know the different forms bullying can take, or what makes someone become a bully? Do you know that your child, yes, your precious "little angel" could be the bully? Are you aware that the LGBTQ family are at extremely high risk of not only bullying, but also suicide AND homicide? Do you know what role you can play in helping curb all of this?
We shall touch on a lot of aspects of bullying especially as it relates to suicide, our children, the schools, our homes and ourselves. We shall discuss characteristics of victims, bullies and even bystanders. We shall delve into the reasons why kids don't tell, and possible consequences of being each of these persons.
We shall also discuss what needs to be done, by parents, the schools, the government, our kids, their friends and, you, my listener in order to combat bullying.
Log on to www.bullying.gov and many other anti-bullying sites out there for more information, and don't forget to subscribe and share this podcast, thank you.
What does Yoga, Buddhism, PTSD, The Marines, Wellness and Healing have in common? Eric Rishi of course!
This gentle very polite war hero with a soft voice and a warm heart, shares his stories of determination, heartbreak, pain, anguish, and survival. He shares how he has transformed his hurt and pain into a thriving speaking career that has reached the International waters. He shares his work with veterans who have PTSD, his 7-books, his transformation from a boy-child who was looking for answers and a family in the marines, to a man who has conquered tragedy (3times over) and is now thriving as a trailblazer!
I am honored and blessed to have crossed paths with him. I hope you enjoy listening to him as much as I enjoyed interviewing him.
Please support his work with Veterans suffering from PTSD (a FB group on mindfulness), check out www.mindfulnessforveterans.com
Finally, don't forget to subscribe, download and leave a comment... Thanks!
With a name like Estelle, one expects a beautiful person, and I was not disappointed. This woman is nothing short of a beautiful soul inside and out. She has the most soothing voice and most calming demeanor. It is extremely hard to reconcile that image with the story of heartache, pain, and self-destruction that she tells. A story so hard to live with that she subconsciously "buries" it deep down in her heart for years.
As a pediatrician and mother, some aspects of Estelle's suicide page were very difficult for me to listen to, yet, she held her composure and went through with it. All the way from Zurich, we can feel her pain and her suffering. Thankfully, she is on a path to recovery and VICTORY! g
Notable quotes: "I was afraid of my mother, but in our culture, who isn't?"
As a pediatrician and mother, some aspects of Estelle's suicide page were very difficult for me to listen to, yet, she held her composure and went through with it. All the way from Zurich, we can feel her pain and her suffering. Thankfully, she is on a path to recovery and VICTORY!
Quote of the day by Estelle: "I was afraid of my mother, but in our culture, who isn't?"
Estelle's favorite quote by Iyanla Vanzant: "Feelings buried alive don't die"
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Enjoy, Dr. Lu
Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Kristin Norris, D.O. A fellow ex-lady in boots, a mom, a soft-spoken psychiatrist, entrepreneur, and friend.
She speaks today about military life and suicide, touching on her own personal encounter with the suicide of a patient, a common thread between us...and the guilt that often follows us as doctors and providers when that happens. Did we do everything we could possibly do? Could we have done more? Would it have made a difference? Those are hard questions that may never get answered but will linger forever.
She talks about the Air Force Zero Suicide Pilot program at her base, which was largely successful and is now being implemented Air Force wide. She implores us to "not be afraid to ask" the tough questions, whether we are providers or not, adding that "it is easier to say yes than to say I need help"...indeed it is.
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Describing herself as a "housewife with a GED", a grandmother and a "mathlexic", Wendy is one of those people whom you feel like you have known for a very long time upon first meeting her. She is funny, witty, and full of life. She also has a lot to say and has no problem saying it. Today, she takes us on a personal journey of torment and a mixture of betrayal and distrust as well as survival and a fair dose of hardship. She is smiling these days, but not before she felt all alone in the world as young as the tender age of 4 (Kindergarten), and literally held a gun to her head in her 30s... As she shares her story, one has no choice but to follow her along, cheering her on the entire time.
One of her quotes today is "I did not get any real therapy that worked". Showcasing the need for us to ensure we get our children and family members the proper kind of therapy, and the right therapist as well. In her words, "finding the right therapy is absolutely vital".
Join us for another exciting episode of Suicide Pages with Dr. Lulu, the Podcast, and don't forget to subscribe, share, leave a comment and download each episode. You also have an opportunity to donate a small amount of money towards Habitat for Humanity.
Find her on FB; https://www.facebook.com/wendi.bragg
In this episode, I discuss suicide in a broad overview. The causes and confounding factors. I discuss some statistics briefly, and the fact that the majority of people who die by suicide do not have mental illness, they do so as a result of a triad of Hopelessness, Helplessness, and Despair. Overwhelming anguish coupled with other societal ills like poor governance, racism, non-compliance with meds, etc.
Since suicide prevention is a global necessity, we must all roll up our sleeves and join in the fight and the movement to #endthesilenceshameandstigma of suicide.
Indeed, silence kills and talk saves lives.
Suicide is EVERYONE'S problem.
At the young age of 20 yr, my beautiful, smart, articulate and talented niece, Khrystine, has already tasted betrayal, ostracism and learned some life lessons that will shape the rest of her life as an immigrant in the United States. In her interview she touches on a personal story that tested her emotional strength as a college student, a situation early in her Fresh-Man year which pushed her to the edge of depression and hopelessness. She however found strength in fellow immigrants, and has now grown from it.
She however bounced back and now always sees "the happy side of things". Her favorite quote is "STAY FROSTY" (don't ask me, listen to her explanation :)
She also has some words of advice for fellow Gen-Zeers; "Everything on the Internet is not real", and for Parents; "STOP being in denial where your kids are concerned, listen, listen, listen to your children".
I was inspired by her story, and I think you would too.
Enjoy, and don't forget to download and share this podcast.
At 67yr young, Dr. Lynette, and anesthesiologist and former Lt. Col in the United States Air Force would appear to be living her life out loud. She has gotten her second wind. If you consider the fact that she is a self-proclaimed Humorist (Stand Up Comedian), a TEDx Speaker; winner of a Toastmasters Championship competition in 2014, a budding author, and an all-around beautiful soul, you would never know that she once not only contemplated suicide, but actually climbed on a NY bridge about to jump...but didn't. In this episode, she shares her story of overcoming a life-long battle with depression, suicidal thoughts, a toxic work environment, medical credentialing boards, and life in general.
She describes our current medical environment as one that forces doctors to become "locked into a persona" that does not reflect our multifaceted natures...
"If I jump off this bridge before I call my mother, she is going to kill me" is the quote of the day from this amazing woman, fellow sista-doc and fighter whom I have essentially "voluntold" to become my mentor.
It was a pleasure interviewing her.
Antoinette is originally from the Caribbean Islands, and currently living in Canada. She tells us a story about trials and survival. Suicide attempts and victory. "I must say, I don't blame anybody" are her words when it comes to her circumstances and the decisions she has made. She is, however, quick to add that the decision to suicide is never one that comes easy or that comes over a short time.
She is thankful and grateful for life, and adds that "life is for the living". Nowadays, she focuses on "DELETING NEGATIVITY" and along with owning a publishing company, her current work is all about that.
Borrowing from her mentor, Dr. Miles Monroe (RIP), she would like to "die empty" and "leave a lighted pathway for others".
I thoroughly enjoyed speaking with Antoinette, and I sincerely hope you do too.
Find her on FB at her publishing company ALRP Publishing @https://www.facebook.com/ALRPublishingHub/
Much Love, Dr. Lulu
Originally from Scotland in the UK, Melanie moved to Australia to "escape her woes", but found out that they followed her-in her words, "through customs" . She tells her story of coming of age, and survival and making peace with her teenage decisions and overcoming a lifestyle that almost ruined her life. She is now grown and doing the work she "promised" she would do, and living life out loud.
She has a FB group called "Speaking Styles" where she inspires other women/people to be their best...
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Hello and welcome to season 1, episode 1 of my brand new podcast, Suicide Pages.
Ever since I was introduced to the world of podcasts a few years ago, I have always wanted to have my own. I have multiple ideas for podcasts, but this one idea has won as numero uno.
I am thankful that I have been chosen to be a vessel of awareness to the world. My dream is to own my own TV show, be a guest on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday, Red Table Talk, Ellen, The Doctors, Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz, and the grand dream is to be The United Nations Speaker on Child Suicide! I firmly believe that if you dream it, and work at it, it will come.
In this episode, I introduce my podcast's mission in full. Why did I decide to do this? What do I want to do with it? Who's stories are we featuring and how can we all benefit from, and be a part of the movement to end suicide in today's world...especially in our youth...enjoy!
Feel free to email me or contact me, my email is: email@example.com, or check out my website, www.teenalive.com for more information.
Links; Podcast; www.teenalive.com/podcast.