22 episodes

Drawn to a Deeper Story is about lives that challenge us and the difficult conversations around them. If you've ever wanted to have better conversations, connect more deeply with people and hold a desire to drop judgement, this podcast will help you. It’s a place to listen openly, to absorb people’s truths and to learn how to show up differently for the benefit of everyone.
Find out more www.drawntoastory.com/podcast

Drawn to a Deeper Story Cath Brew

    • Society & Culture

Drawn to a Deeper Story is about lives that challenge us and the difficult conversations around them. If you've ever wanted to have better conversations, connect more deeply with people and hold a desire to drop judgement, this podcast will help you. It’s a place to listen openly, to absorb people’s truths and to learn how to show up differently for the benefit of everyone.
Find out more www.drawntoastory.com/podcast

    The Art of Loving an Addict - a vox pop

    The Art of Loving an Addict - a vox pop

    Loving an addict is one of the hardest things someone can do. This week we hear people's reactions to Antonia's Rolls' exhibition, 'Addicts and Those Who Love Them'.
    In https://drawntoastory.com/podcast/parent-of-an-addict/ (episode 1) of Drawn to a Deeper Story, Antonia spoke about being the parent of an addict. She invited me to her exhibition in Brighton and I went along to to talk to people as they came out.
    This type of exhibition creates a visceral space and being part of people's processing experiences felt like an important conversation to have.
    https://www.drawntoastory.com/podcast/the-art-of-loving-an-addict (See photos of the exhibition).
    Contact Antonia
    https://antoniarolls.co.uk/ (antoniarolls.co.uk) – follow Antonia’s work
    https://mailchi.mp/antoniarolls/newsletter (Subscribe) to her newsletter
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPwvjunRhjo_wtfk8z2xKMA (Youtube)
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    Episode information
    Music by https://grantmclachlan.com/ (Grant McLachlan)
    Resources for help
    In the UK
    https://adfam.org.uk/ (Adfam) - help for families dealing with drug and alcohol addiction
    https://www.al-anonuk.org.uk/ (Al Anon) - Family group support alcohol addiction, drug addiction and addictive behaviours
    https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/get-support (Carers UK) - Support for carers
    https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/ (Samaritans) - FREE Help - Tel: 116 123, E: jo@samaritans.org
    https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/nhs-voluntary-charity-services/charity-and-voluntary-services/depression-support-groups/ (NHS Depression Support Groups)
    https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/nhs-voluntary-charity-services/nhs-services/ (NHS Mental Health Services)
    https://www.bps.org.uk/public/find-psychologist (The British Psychology Society) - Find a Psychologist
    https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/guides-to-support-and-services/addiction-and-dependency/addiction-and-dependency-resources/ (Mind) - Addiction and Dependency Support


    In the USA
    https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/find-help (National Institute of Mental Health) - a range of helplines
    https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) - Tel: 1-800-273-8255
    https://locator.apa.org/ (American Psychologist Association) - Psychologist Finder
    https://www.usa.gov/mental-health-substance-abuse (USA Government) - Help for Mental Health and Substance Abuse


    In Australia
    https://www.beyondblue.org.au/ (Beyond Blue) - Mental health support
    https://headspace.org.au/ (Headspace) - National Youth Mental Health Foundation with support services
    https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/resources-support/ (The Black Dog Institute) - Medical health resources, services and research
    https://www.sane.org/counselling-support/sane-support-services (SANE Australia) - Counselling support, Tel: 1800 187 263 (10am - 10pm)
    https://adf.org.au/help-support/ (Alcohol and Drug Foundation) - Help and Support Services
    OR contact medical services in your country.

    • 36 min
    Don't let your child be your first Black friend - with Dr Laura Anderson

    Don't let your child be your first Black friend - with Dr Laura Anderson

    Even for the most-informed parent, unlearning racism and having tough conversations about race can be confronting. For families formed through transracial adoption, it's essential.
    This week, I'm talking with Dr Laura Anderson about transracial adoption and particularly, why nurturing a child's racial identity is critical. In this episode, Dr Anderson talks about racism, unconscious bias and why White parents need to feel uncomfortable.
    She highlights the importance of understanding the intricacies of racial identity and systemic racism and offers ways in which, as a White parent especially, you can nurture your child.
    Dr. Anderson is a clinical child and family psychologist who has worked with children, adolescents, adults and families for over twenty years. She is licensed in Hawaii and California in the US. She has lived out of the United States on several occasions. Dr. Anderson is currently based primarily in Hawaii. She provides video health services to members of the expatriate community.
    The areas of her expertise include school-based behavioral health, the assessment of children and adolescents, support for adoptive families, support for gender expansive youth and their families and parenting neurodiverse children and teens. Dr. Anderson has done talks and trainings in the US and internationally on child development, adoption, school-related issues, and issues related to gender identity development. For both personal and professional reasons, Dr. Anderson is passionate about supporting children, teens and families around the globe.
    Positionality
    This podcast acknowledges that this conversation is between two White women. It comes from a position of wanting to have an open conversation about parenting a child of colour and to encourage other White people to educate themselves about lived experiences of racism and privilege.


    Follow Dr Laura Anderson
    Common Chord Psychology Services
    https://www.drlauraanderson.com/ (www.drlauraanderson.com)

    Social
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/drlauraanderson/ (LinkedIn)
    https://www.facebook.com/drlsanderson (Facebook )



    Mentioned in this Episode
    https://figt.org/ (Families in Global Transition)
    https://www.embracerace.org/ (Embrace Race) - Web
    https://www.facebook.com/weembracerace/ (Embrace Race) - Facebook


    Donate and Information - social justice campaigns
    https://blacklivesmatter.com/ (Black Lives Matter) - Global
    https://bailproject.org/?form=donate (The Bail Project) - USA
    https://www.stophateuk.org/ (Stop Hate UK) - UK
    https://www.alsnswact.org.au/donate (Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT)) - Australia
    https://www.sistersinside.com.au/product/donation/ (Sisters Inside) - Australia (QLD)
    https://www.sistersinside.com.au/product/donation/ (Black Rainbow) - Australia


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    Episode information
    Music by https://grantmclachlan.com/ (Grant McLachlan)


    Resources
    UK
    https://www.adoptionuk.org/ (Adoption UK) - Support and advocacy for those parenting or supporting children who cannot live with their birth parents
    https://corambaaf.org.uk/ (CoramBAAF) - Adoption and Fostering Academy
    https://wearefamilyadoption.org.uk/ (We are Family Adoption Support Community)
    https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/ (Samaritans) - FREE Help - Tel: 116 123, E: jo@samaritans.org
    https://www.bps.org.uk/public/find-psychologist (The British Psychology Society) - Find a Psychologist


    Australia
    https://www.intercountryadoption.gov.au/key-contacts-and-support/local-and-community-support/ (Intercountry Adoption Australia) - local and community support...

    • 55 min
    Rescuing LGBTQ+ Refugees - with Michael Faila

    Rescuing LGBTQ+ Refugees - with Michael Faila

    Care 4 Calais states that the world's refugee crisis is the greatest humanitarian issue of our generation and how we respond will define us for years to come.
    Among the support and work being done to support refugees however, are the voices of descent; those who seek to demonise refugees and their desire for a safe new life. This attitude has always bothered me intensely. I want to set the record straight.
    We need hard conversations with those who know first-hand about the truth and realities of refugees. So this week I'm talking with Michael Failla. He's been a refugee activist since 1982 and works closely with LGBTQ+ refugees to get them to safety and resettled in a new country.
    His work is truly inspiring.
    Donate
    https://www.scmmedicalmissions.org/donations/new-life-fund/ (SCM Medical Missions) - New Life Fund for LGBTQ+ people
    Help Michael in supporting his refugees
    https://drawntoastory.com/contact/ (Email Cath) and she'll put you in contact with Michael


    Resources
    https://www.unhcr.org/uk/refugees.html#:~:text=Refugees%20are%20people%20fleeing%20conflict,and%20freedom%20are%20at%20risk. (UNHCR) - The UN Refugee Agency
    https://www.amnesty.org/en/what-we-do/refugees-asylum-seekers-and-migrants/ (Amnesty International) - Refugees, Asylum-seekers and Migrants


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    Episode information
    Music by https://grantmclachlan.com/ (Grant McLachlan)

    • 55 min
    Roeing and Wading through the sea of misogyny

    Roeing and Wading through the sea of misogyny

    The devastating impact of the overturning of Roe v Wade is very real for millions of women and trans men.
    In this special episode Cath reflects on the public outrage and pleads to not make injustices 'normal'. She explores the links between #metoo last year and recent events, shares personal stories and offers a 30% discount on her 'https://drawntoastory.com/shop/roeing-and-wading-through-misogyny/ (Roeing and Wading through the sea of misogyny)' tshirt.
    Listen to get the code!
    Mentioned in Episode
    https://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/70181/stress-womb-last-lifetime-researchers-behind/ (Article about cortisol in pregnancy) - Imperial College London
    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/abortion/ (Abortion information NHS)
    https://drawntoastory.com/valuing-motherhood-over-womanhood/ (Ep4 - Valuing motherhood over womanhood)
    https://drawntoastory.com/the-day-i-was-charged-with-murder/ (Ep5 - The day I was charged with murder)
    https://drawntoastory.com/menopause-the-final-frontier/ (Ep7 - Menopause: The final frontier)
    https://drawntoastory.com/podcast/patterns-of-patriarchy-herstory-rising/ (Ep10 - Herstory Rising: The patterns of patriarchy)
    https://drawntoastory.com/podcast/17-parenting-a-child-through-trauma/ (Ep17 - Parenting a child through trauma)
    https://drawntoastory.com/shop/roeing-and-wading-through-misogyny/ (Roeing and Wading through the misogyny) t-shirt
    Episode Information
    Music by https://grantmclachlan.com/ (Grant McLachlan)
    Resources:
    UK
    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/abortion/ (Abortion NHS)
    https://www.bpas.org/abortion-care/considering-abortion/advice-and-counselling/ (British Pregnancy Advisory Service)
    https://www.asn.org.uk/ (Abortion Support Network)
    https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/ (Samaritans) - FREE Help - Tel: 116 123, E: jo@samaritans.org
    https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/nhs-voluntary-charity-services/charity-and-voluntary-services/depression-support-groups/ (NHS Depression Support Groups)
    https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/nhs-voluntary-charity-services/nhs-services/ (NHS Mental Health Services)
    https://www.bps.org.uk/public/find-psychologist (The British Psychology Society) - Find a Psychologist
    Australia
    https://www.pregnancybirthbaby.org.au/abortion-surgical-and-medical-options (Pregnancy Birth and Baby) - Abortion information
    https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/abortion (Health Direct) - Abortion information
    https://www.childrenbychoice.org.au/resources-statistics/legislation/australian-abortion-law-and-practice/ (Australian Abortion Law and Practice)
    https://www.beyondblue.org.au/ (Beyond Blue) - Mental health support
    https://headspace.org.au/ (Headspace) - National Youth Mental Health Foundation with support services
    https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/resources-support/ (The Black Dog Institute) - Medical health resources, services and research
    https://www.sane.org/counselling-support/sane-support-services (SANE Australia) - Counselling support, Tel: 1800 187 263 (10am - 10pm)


    USA
    https://www.guttmacher.org/state-policy/explore/overview-abortion-laws (An overview of Abortion Laws) (24 June 2022) - Guttmacher Institute
    https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2022/06/24/what-the-data-says-about-abortion-in-the-u-s-2/ (Data about abortion in the USA) - Pew Institute
    https://locator.apa.org/ (American Psychologist Association) - Psychologist Finder


    OR if safe to do so, contact medical services in your country.


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    • 15 min
    Parenting a Child Through Trauma - with Stephanie

    Parenting a Child Through Trauma - with Stephanie

    You think you've done everything you can to prepare your child for protecting their physical boundaries and consent and then the devastating happens. You learn that your child's boundaries have been broken.
    The impact of this kind of trauma is incredibly painful, damaging and long-lasting. The ripple effect means that not only the child suffers, but so do parents and siblings. Personal and shared recovery takes time. In the face of such stressful and emotionally confronting events, how does a family cope?
    In this episode, Stephanie shares the recent story of her family as they've dealt with the trauma of what happened to her daughter. Stephanie raises important questions about consent, physical boundaries, outside influences on teenagers, and the limitations of the law. She also talks about the importance of understanding your child's silence. What are they not telling you? Do they know how to tell you things and are you giving them opportunities to talk to you?
    Stephanie's frank and heart-felt words offer real insight into the challenges of expat parenting in different cultures - national, state and familial.
    Our conversation is challenging to listen to, but an important one for anyone raising children and especially globally mobile families.
    Mentioned in Episode
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZwvrxVavnQ (Tea and Consent video) - Thames Valley Police
    https://www.cuspthefilm.com/ (Cusp) - documentary
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8772296/ (Euphoria) - USA TV Series
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt12748084/ (Anatomy of a Scandal) - Netflix series
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5969074/ (Naked Attraction) - British dating show on https://www.channel4.com/programmes/naked-attraction (Channel 4)


    Resources
    UK
    https://www.police.uk/ (Police) - call triple nine (Tel: 999)
    https://rapecrisis.org.uk/get-help/want-to-talk/ (Rape Crisis) - England and Wales charity with helpline
    https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/crime-info/types-crime/rape-and-sexual-assault/ (Victim Support )- information and support
    https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sexual-health/help-after-rape-and-sexual-assault/ (NHS) - Getting help
    https://www.rasasc.org.uk/ (Rape Crisis) - Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre
    https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/ (Samaritans) - FREE Help - Tel: 116 123, E: jo@samaritans.org
    https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/nhs-voluntary-charity-services/charity-and-voluntary-services/depression-support-groups/ (NHS Depression Support Groups)
    https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/nhs-voluntary-charity-services/nhs-services/ (NHS Mental Health Services)
    https://www.bps.org.uk/public/find-psychologist (The British Psychology Society) - Find a Psychologist


    Australia
    https://www.triplezero.gov.au/ (Police) - call triple zero (Tel: 000)
    https://www.1800respect.org.au/ (1800 Respect) - National sexual assault, domestic family violence counselling service
    https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/sexual-assault-and-rape (Healthline) - National Helpline and information for sexual assault
    https://www.beyondblue.org.au/ (Beyond Blue) - Mental health support
    https://headspace.org.au/ (Headspace) - National Youth Mental Health Foundation with support services
    https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/resources-support/ (The Black Dog Institute) - Medical health resources, services and research
    https://www.sane.org/counselling-support/sane-support-services (SANE Australia) - Counselling support, Tel: 1800 187 263 (10am - 10pm)


    USA
    https://www.911.gov/ (Police) - call nine one one (Tel: 911)
    https://www.rainn.org/about-national-sexual-assault-telephone-hotline (RAINN) - National Sexual Assault Hotline
    https://www.crisistextline.org/topics/sexual-abuse/#understanding-sexual-abuse-1 (Crisis) - Crisis Text Line
    https://www.healthline.com/health/sexual-assault-resource-guide (Healthline )- Sexual Assault Resource Guide
    https://locator.apa.org/ (American Psychologist Association) - Psychologist Finder


    OR contact

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Discovering You Are a Forced Adoptee - with Liz Harvie

    Discovering You Are a Forced Adoptee - with Liz Harvie

    In the expat and globally mobile community we are familiar with adjusting to new cultures, new countries and new homes. In our processing, we often look to our families, our roots, our ancestors and our childhoods.
    What happens though when that avenue is not available to you? How does it feel to not have the same connection to your roots? Where does that leave you emotionally?
    In this episode, I talk to Liz Harvie about being adopted and the impact of loss and grief as a child, through to adulthood and to having her own family. In our conversation Liz also shares the deeper impact of discovering that her parents were actually forced to give her up for adoption.
    Liz offers insights into the social attitudes towards adoption, plus the emotional and physical importance of knowing where you come from. She also explains why the UK inquiry into forced adoptions matters so much to so many.
    Mentioned in the episode
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-58667268 (Forced Adoption: Birth Parents Urged to Give Evidence to Inquiry) - BBC News
    Follow Liz Harvie
    https://twitter.com/lizzieharvie (Twitter)
    https://www.instagram.com/lizzieharvie (Instagram)
    https://www.facebook.com/liz.e.harvie (Facebook)

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    Episode information
    Music by https://grantmclachlan.com/ (Grant McLachlan)
    Resources
    UK
    https://www.adoptionuk.org/ (Adoption UK) - Support and advocacy for those parenting or supporting children who cannot live with their birth parents
    https://www.newfamilysocial.org.uk/ (New Family Social) - information/support for LGBT+ adoptive and foster families
    https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/ (Samaritans) - FREE Help - Tel: 116 123, E: jo@samaritans.org
    https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/nhs-voluntary-charity-services/charity-and-voluntary-services/depression-support-groups/ (NHS Depression Support Groups)
    https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/nhs-voluntary-charity-services/nhs-services/ (NHS Mental Health Services)
    https://www.bps.org.uk/public/find-psychologist (The British Psychology Society) - Find a Psychologist
    Australia
    https://www.rasa.org.au/services/adult-health-wellbeing/forced-adoption-support-services/ (Forced Adoption Support) (South Australia)
    https://www.rasa.org.au/services/couples-families/post-adoption-support-service/ (National Apology for Forced Adoptions)
    https://www.sane.org/counselling-support/sane-support-services (SANE Australia) - Counselling support, Tel: 1800 187 263 (10am - 10pm)
    https://mensline.org.au/ (Mensline) - help, support, referrals and counselling for men
    https://www.beyondblue.org.au/ (Beyond Blue) - Mental health support
    https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/resources-support/ (The Black Dog Institute) - Medical health resources, services and research
    USA
    https://adoptionsupport.org/ (The Centre for Adoption Support and Education)
    https://locator.apa.org/ (American Psychologist Association) - Psychologist Finder
    OR contact medical services in your country.

    • 44 min

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