48 episodes

Lost a dear friend to suicide at 16, did not know what a lesson it would become. Now, at 66, I continue to appreciate the Best/Worst GiftfromAndrea.com that keeps me living!

I have learned that sharing your story can be a way to lighten your burden. My guests all have a story. Come listen in, it may be similar to your own story. You may find a helping of hope for you or someone who matters to you.

In Season Two we branch out to cover mental health, depression, anxiety and all the myriad bits that make life as we know it.. challenging, some days more than others.

I believe in a #gratitudeattitude even on my bad days. I aim to improve 1% and that goal can be the difference in your today.

Life is complicated. It can at times, be more than we can bear. Have you lost someone, or perhaps you have teetered on the edge… and are still hanging on…

Join me as I talk to others with similar stories. When you share your story, your burden is lightened. That is my hope for you.

Join me as we share the tips, tweaks and other bits that keep us here. Alive.

Join me to learn to laugh at yourself. It's the most important tool to have to keep you going. When you mess up, when it all seems too much. it’s time for a #Failabration

#KeepBreathing and make the best of your today, every day!
No matter what happens... #ChooseLife

AND Work on your #gratitudeattitude.

#LiveInTheMoment it's the only thing we really have. #KeepBreathing

Suicide Zen Forgiveness Elaine Lindsay

    • Health & Fitness

Lost a dear friend to suicide at 16, did not know what a lesson it would become. Now, at 66, I continue to appreciate the Best/Worst GiftfromAndrea.com that keeps me living!

I have learned that sharing your story can be a way to lighten your burden. My guests all have a story. Come listen in, it may be similar to your own story. You may find a helping of hope for you or someone who matters to you.

In Season Two we branch out to cover mental health, depression, anxiety and all the myriad bits that make life as we know it.. challenging, some days more than others.

I believe in a #gratitudeattitude even on my bad days. I aim to improve 1% and that goal can be the difference in your today.

Life is complicated. It can at times, be more than we can bear. Have you lost someone, or perhaps you have teetered on the edge… and are still hanging on…

Join me as I talk to others with similar stories. When you share your story, your burden is lightened. That is my hope for you.

Join me as we share the tips, tweaks and other bits that keep us here. Alive.

Join me to learn to laugh at yourself. It's the most important tool to have to keep you going. When you mess up, when it all seems too much. it’s time for a #Failabration

#KeepBreathing and make the best of your today, every day!
No matter what happens... #ChooseLife

AND Work on your #gratitudeattitude.

#LiveInTheMoment it's the only thing we really have. #KeepBreathing

    Suicide Prevention With Fiduciary Advisor Lawrence ‘Larry’ D Sprung CFP®

    Suicide Prevention With Fiduciary Advisor Lawrence ‘Larry’ D Sprung CFP®

    Lawrence “Larry” Sprung, CFP®, is the founder and wealth advisor at Mitlin Financial, Inc.
    Larry is also the host of the Mitlin Money Mindset™ a podcast that’s all about getting your mind right when it comes to all things money.
    One of Larry’s greatest passions is raising awareness for mental health. He spent over 12 years serving on the National Board of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and sits on its financial and investment committees. 
    As a fiduciary advisor, he and his team are dedicated to facilitating the customization of clients’ portfolios as they work toward reaching their financial objectives.   Larry and the Mitlin team prioritize clients first and consistently help clients make healthy financial decisions and offer a tremendous client experience that leverages today’s top tools and technology.
    Larry has appears on numerous podcasts and in the media speaking most recently on CNBC about money and parenting. He is also a member of the Experian Credit Chat panel and has presented to romance authors at numerous conferences, speaking about financial planning and business structure. 
     
    Larry has received several industry recognitions, including being named an Investopedia Top 10 Advisor in 2022 and a 2019 finalist for the Invest in Others For Community Service Award.
     
    Outside the office, one of Larry’s greatest passions is raising awareness for mental health. He spent over 12 years serving on the National Board of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and sits on its financial and investment committees. 
     
    With his wife, Denise, he has raised more than $1.7 million for the organization through the Keith Milano Memorial Fund. The fund was created at AFSP in memory of his brother-in-law.
     
    Larry values his family tremendously and his desire to do right by his wife and two sons drives who he is in and out of the office. 
     
    You’ll likely find Larry at any number of ice hockey events on any given weekend or excited for his wife to plan their next Disney vacation. 



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    Larry Sprung,  CFP®
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    • 33 min
    Let's Talk Stats and ...

    Let's Talk Stats and ...

    A simple chat from Elaine, a look at the stats in Canada and a few suggestions and observations from where she's at...  https://www.crisisservicescanada.ca/en/

    • 27 min
    Cid Fernandez Suicide Attempt Survivor

    Cid Fernandez Suicide Attempt Survivor

    Originally from Miami, FL 1st generation Cuban-American Mother born in Cuba Athlete and high school social butterfly Husband to Gaby Married at 19 yrs old Father to 2 teenagers Brianna 14 Caiden 13 Cecilia – Coming in Aug Joined Marines Corps in 2004 (18 yrs old) Deployed to East Asia Electrician on helicopters Joined Air Force in 2012 Flight Engineer Deployed to Middle East in 14’ Flew over 18 missions to Afghanistan Spent over 12 years in Aeronautics Traveled to 23 countries Fluent in 3 languages English Spanish Sarcasm Suicide Attempt Survivor In 2001 my parents went through a bad time with one another. The arguments got bad and my mom finally threw my father out of the home that year. During that time I lost the ability to play basketball due to terrible grades. For me Basketball was my form of expression and my therapy. When it was taken away, I hit a real bad point. Obviously perspective is huge in life, as a 15 yr old it felt that everything was caving in and felt the only way out was not being here. I’m thankful the rifle never went off and believe that there was higher calling for me. Since then I’ve dedicated myself to sharing my raw truth with the hopes of empowering others to do the same. These stories have become so tainted and looked at as non-shareable content, but honestly.. It’s time to quit that. Our truths aka our story, shouldn’t be frowned upon. We all come from different paths with similar rest stops and that’s where connection really flourishes.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Michelle Cleveland Resilience & Resolve in the Face of the Unthinkable

    Michelle Cleveland Resilience & Resolve in the Face of the Unthinkable

    Michelle Cleveland Resilience & Resolve in the Face of the Unthinkable Suicide within the Family 
    NTC Lifeworks was born out of a desire to help others benefit from what Michelle learned about resilience through adversity. In honor of Nicholas and Thomas her sons whom she lost to suicide.
    Born in Prague, but raised in the USA I grew up in two vastly different cultures. I married my college sweetheart, an Army officer, and began moving all over the US as well as a tour in Germany. Living in so many places and having experienced the different cultures helps me connect with people from all over the globe. As a mother and advocate for children on the Autism spectrum I know and truly understand the various learning modes and the importance of engaging with learners in more than one way.
    With over 20 years of sales and business experience I have a thorough understanding of many facets of work and business life. I’ve worked in the corporate setting as well as home based and have first hand knowledge of the challenges and benefits of both. With my diverse life and work experiences I not only bring a wealth of knowledge, but also a different perspective to training.
    Website
    https://ntclifeworks.com/
    Social 
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/michellecleveland/
    https://www.instagram.com/the.balancebabe/

    • 37 min
    Frank King Mental Health Comedian Suicide Prevention

    Frank King Mental Health Comedian Suicide Prevention

    Frank King believes "You can make a difference. You can save a life. I can show you how."
    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 DukeTEDx!
    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.
    Since becoming a public speaker on Suicide Prevention in 2014, he’s done five TEDx Talks, has another one scheduled for February, and he’s in the second round of auditions for DukeTEDx.
    Frank Cares 
    858.405.5653
    Sites
    http://www.TheMentalHealthComedian.com
    http://www.YourTEDxCoach.com 
    Social
    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
    Videos
    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

    • 25 min
    SZF Debbie Hampton from Suicide to the Best Brain Possible

    SZF Debbie Hampton from Suicide to the Best Brain Possible

    After taking care of my brother as he wasted away and died from AIDs, the end of my 18-year marriage to my high school sweetheart in an ugly parting that made Divorce Court look civil, and years of wrong turns, things not working out, and being flat-out disappointed with life, I tried to kill myself in June of 2007, by swallowing over 90 pills, mostly brain drugs. Because I wasn’t found in time, the drugs went all the way through my system wreaking destruction. After a week in a coma, I woke up with a global, acquired brain injury (ABI), technically labeled encephalopathy, to a very different world. Initially, I was seriously mentally impaired and couldn’t retrieve words, remember the day, my sons’ ages, or that I’d gotten divorced. Physically, I could barely speak, couldn’t coordinate the acts of breathing and swallowing anymore, and had no fine motor skills. My ex-husband sued me for custody of our two sons, won, and promptly moved out of state with them. And I thought things were bad before? Alone, for the first time in my life, I had no one to put my limited energy into but myself. Getting downright pissed off, I told myself, “If I have to live, I’m NOT living like this!” Over the first year, I naturally healed somewhat and, in the following years, the more I recovered, the more I learned. The more I learned, the more I recovered. Through years of daily work and such practices as neurofeedback, Brain State Technologies’ brainwave optimization, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, acupuncture, voice therapy, music therapy, cranial-sacral massage, hypercapnia, visualization, meditation, cross-lateral movement, yoga, cardiovascular exercise, cognitive behavioral therapy, and more, I made a remarkable recovery. Although I still talk funny and have some slight manual dexterity issues, I’m better than ever, even with these. The brain injury forced me to make radical changes in my lifestyle and mindset that I’d needed to make long before. Better late than never! Because the underlying belief systems and the perceptual foundation upon which I’d built my reality withered away along with brain cells, I got to start with a clean slate, so to speak. By consciously working with and altering my thoughts, behaviors, and emotions, I transformed my world which in turn, changed my physical brain and its default mode of operation. Today, I live a brain-healthy lifestyle incorporating mental health practices daily to maintain the balance and happiness I’ve found.
    Our brains are neuroplastic, meaning that their structure and function are literally, physically shaped by that which we do repeatedly in our lives – behaviors, emotions, and even thoughts. This works both for you and against you. We have much more power to recover from a brain injury, improve our brain’s functioning, recover from depression, and create our own happiness and reality with the gray matter between our ears than ever thought possible.
    Neuroplasticity is the superpower we all are born with and possess until the day we die. On my blog and website, I share information about the tools I used to heal myself and my life physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually and related topics to inspire and encourage you to take control of and change your brain and life for the better. Promise!
    I live in Greensboro, North Carolina with my five cats (sometimes more). There you can find me reading, writing, gardening, and doing hot yoga.
      
    I have written an intimate, entertaining memoir, Sex Suicide, and Serotonin,  in which I tell all the dirty details of how I got to a place in life where I wanted to die and how I recovered spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically.
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    • 51 min

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