12 episodes

In Season 1 of Finding the helpers, we are bringing personal stories of front line staff and families impacted by COVID-19. Our diverse guests will be invited to share their story of being on the front line, and in combination to their story, two expressive art therapists will provide art and creative activities that will support the challenges the individual and their family is facing. These could include ideas for short relaxation techniques to be done on the front line, creative ways to explain in kid friendly terms what is happening, ways to stay connected to family and children during long periods of isolation, etc.Throughout the podcast, conversation will include mental health insight related to the pandemic, anxiety and stress, grief and loss, resiliency, coping skills, and understanding the pandemic. Presented by the nonprofit Playing to Live's, whose history began in 2014 as a grassroots program focused on bringing play and creativity in the midst of the Ebola deadly viruses. Following our work in Ebola, we have continued our work as advocates and creators for play and expression across the globe in refugee settings, post war countries, and in the United States of America.

Finding the Helper‪s‬ Alexis Decosimo and Kristin Ramsey

    • Mental Health
    • 5.0 • 24 Ratings

In Season 1 of Finding the helpers, we are bringing personal stories of front line staff and families impacted by COVID-19. Our diverse guests will be invited to share their story of being on the front line, and in combination to their story, two expressive art therapists will provide art and creative activities that will support the challenges the individual and their family is facing. These could include ideas for short relaxation techniques to be done on the front line, creative ways to explain in kid friendly terms what is happening, ways to stay connected to family and children during long periods of isolation, etc.Throughout the podcast, conversation will include mental health insight related to the pandemic, anxiety and stress, grief and loss, resiliency, coping skills, and understanding the pandemic. Presented by the nonprofit Playing to Live's, whose history began in 2014 as a grassroots program focused on bringing play and creativity in the midst of the Ebola deadly viruses. Following our work in Ebola, we have continued our work as advocates and creators for play and expression across the globe in refugee settings, post war countries, and in the United States of America.

    Until Next Time, Stay Safe Out There: Season 1 Finale with Mary Affee

    Until Next Time, Stay Safe Out There: Season 1 Finale with Mary Affee

    “Just love people, be present, be real, be authentic. Those are the things that keep it real, keep us human, keep us in a shared experience.”In our final episode of Season 1 on Finding the Helpers, we have an interview that manages to tie all our other...

    • 28 min
    We Have to Keep Beating the Odds: Facing a Pandemic in a Humanitarian Setting

    We Have to Keep Beating the Odds: Facing a Pandemic in a Humanitarian Setting

    In this episode of Finding the Helpers, we had the pleasure of speaking with Isaac Cosmas, a South Sudanese refugee who Playing to Live met while conducting a mental health needs assessment in Rhino camp, a refugee settlement in Uganda. Isaac was there...

    • 35 min
    Smiling through Barriers: "Mask Smiles" with Laura Fuchs

    Smiling through Barriers: "Mask Smiles" with Laura Fuchs

    In the midst of what feels like every day brings more challenges and unveils more hard truths, our episode this week is dedicated to recharging through moments of hope, grace, and connection. Our interviewee is Laura Fuchs and she is a photographer...

    • 32 min
    Inside Prison Walls: Finding Internal Safety in External Chaos

    Inside Prison Walls: Finding Internal Safety in External Chaos

    In this episode, we interview Joe Rojas on his experience of the prison system’s response to COVID-19. One of the reasons we wanted to investigate the prison system during this pandemic is because the conditions in prisons make containing an infectious...

    • 30 min
    Seeking Change: Resources for Helpers

    Seeking Change: Resources for Helpers

    This week we have been reminded, again, that there are many vital battles to fight. The United States and the world have witnessed more brutal killings of innocent people, and communities are standing up to fight for justice. In light of what is...

    • 5 min
    Removing the Armor: Breaking Stigmas & Building Unity

    Removing the Armor: Breaking Stigmas & Building Unity

    In the episode Removing the Armor: Breaking Stigmas & Building Unity, we interview Dr. Budhrani. He has been practicing clinically for over 20 years as an emergency room (ER) physician, is the CEO of Innovation Health, whose goal is to unify the...

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

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24 Ratings

Tante Donna ,

Medical Professional

Outstanding stories, caring for otheres takes a special person and we all are grateful

CraigCassandra ,

Positivity during these negative times.

These stories are just what we need to hear right now. Thank you for keeping us all safe during this time of uncertainty. I strongly encourage you to give this podcast a listen!!

Ally1 ,

Such a shining light in a dark time

The diversity of guests and combination of self care activities and mental health advocacy is a must listen right now. Each guest give you an incredible and unique glimpse to what it is like to be on the frontlines of this pandemic.

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