44 episodes

Reduce The Stigma the podcast that raises the voices of individuals with lived experience and the organizations and people who support them.. Too often, stigma creates barriers and restricts access to services. Our hope is that by spreading the stories of individuals with lived/living experience with substance use, mental health and all stigmatized life experiences we can break down barriers and build bridges. Reduce The Stigma has three series: Meet the Peer, Recovery Conversations, and Unfiltered. Hosted by Whitney Menarcheck and occassional co-host, Dr. Mo., Reduce The Stigma is brought to you by Straight Up Care.

Meet the Peer is a series where we shine the spotlight on peer specialists. Peer specialists are individuals with mental health and/or substance use lived experience who have received special training to support others along their recovery journey. Straight Up Care uses the term peer specialists to cover the various titles and certifications that can be held by an individual with lived experience helping others, such as Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS), Certified Peer Specialist (CPS), Certified Family Recovery Specialist (CFRS), Certified Peer Counselor (CPC), Peer Support Specialist (PSS), Recovery Coach (RC), and more! All peers interviewed on Meet the Peer are providing peer support services through the Straight Up Care Platform. To find a peer support specialist, visit https://straightupcare.com/members/. New episodes are available most Mondays.

Recovery Conversations, with new episodes every Friday, is a series of discussions with people and organizations who are serving individuals with lived and living substance use and/or mental health experience. Through Recovery Conversations, we hope to spread awareness of the numerous resources, initatives, and programs available to support individuals with substance use and/or mental health needs.

Unfiltered: The newest addition to the RTS family, Unfiltered is a once-a-month livestream discussion where Whitney and Dr. Mo are joined by two peer specialists on the Straight Up Care platform. Together, they discuss the hard topics that everyone needs to hear about but no one else is willing to take on. With live audience engagement, Unfiltered is a conversation you won't want to miss. Join the unfiletered audience the last Tuesday of every month at 8pm ET via Straight Up Care's YouTube Channel. 

Whitney Menarcheck: Whitney is the Chief Innovation Officer at Straight Up Care. Whitney is a trained professional counselor who recently completed training as a peer specialist. With over 12 years of experience serving individuals with substance use and/or mental health needs, Whitney is passionate about reducing stigma and elevating the voices of those with lived experience. Whitney's personal lived experience is with depression, grief, and trauma.

Dr. Mo: Melissa Dittberner, PhD, lovinly known as "Dr. Mo" is a person in long-term recovery from methadmphetamine and alcohol. Having dropped out of highschool, Dr. Mo's recovery journey has progressed from gaining her GED to obtaining her PhD. A true inspiration to all and hardcore advocate for recovery, Dr. Mo inspires us all while putting in the work to make this world a better place.

Straight Up Care is a comprehensive platform ecosystem that provides all the administrative, compliance, and marketing tools for peer specialists to work for themsevles. Our hope is that by eliminating the barriers peer specialists encounter we can accelerate the connection between peers and the individuals who seek their services. Learn more about Straight Up Care: https://straightupcare.com

 

Reduce the Stigma by Straight Up Care Whitney Menarcheck

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Reduce The Stigma the podcast that raises the voices of individuals with lived experience and the organizations and people who support them.. Too often, stigma creates barriers and restricts access to services. Our hope is that by spreading the stories of individuals with lived/living experience with substance use, mental health and all stigmatized life experiences we can break down barriers and build bridges. Reduce The Stigma has three series: Meet the Peer, Recovery Conversations, and Unfiltered. Hosted by Whitney Menarcheck and occassional co-host, Dr. Mo., Reduce The Stigma is brought to you by Straight Up Care.

Meet the Peer is a series where we shine the spotlight on peer specialists. Peer specialists are individuals with mental health and/or substance use lived experience who have received special training to support others along their recovery journey. Straight Up Care uses the term peer specialists to cover the various titles and certifications that can be held by an individual with lived experience helping others, such as Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS), Certified Peer Specialist (CPS), Certified Family Recovery Specialist (CFRS), Certified Peer Counselor (CPC), Peer Support Specialist (PSS), Recovery Coach (RC), and more! All peers interviewed on Meet the Peer are providing peer support services through the Straight Up Care Platform. To find a peer support specialist, visit https://straightupcare.com/members/. New episodes are available most Mondays.

Recovery Conversations, with new episodes every Friday, is a series of discussions with people and organizations who are serving individuals with lived and living substance use and/or mental health experience. Through Recovery Conversations, we hope to spread awareness of the numerous resources, initatives, and programs available to support individuals with substance use and/or mental health needs.

Unfiltered: The newest addition to the RTS family, Unfiltered is a once-a-month livestream discussion where Whitney and Dr. Mo are joined by two peer specialists on the Straight Up Care platform. Together, they discuss the hard topics that everyone needs to hear about but no one else is willing to take on. With live audience engagement, Unfiltered is a conversation you won't want to miss. Join the unfiletered audience the last Tuesday of every month at 8pm ET via Straight Up Care's YouTube Channel. 

Whitney Menarcheck: Whitney is the Chief Innovation Officer at Straight Up Care. Whitney is a trained professional counselor who recently completed training as a peer specialist. With over 12 years of experience serving individuals with substance use and/or mental health needs, Whitney is passionate about reducing stigma and elevating the voices of those with lived experience. Whitney's personal lived experience is with depression, grief, and trauma.

Dr. Mo: Melissa Dittberner, PhD, lovinly known as "Dr. Mo" is a person in long-term recovery from methadmphetamine and alcohol. Having dropped out of highschool, Dr. Mo's recovery journey has progressed from gaining her GED to obtaining her PhD. A true inspiration to all and hardcore advocate for recovery, Dr. Mo inspires us all while putting in the work to make this world a better place.

Straight Up Care is a comprehensive platform ecosystem that provides all the administrative, compliance, and marketing tools for peer specialists to work for themsevles. Our hope is that by eliminating the barriers peer specialists encounter we can accelerate the connection between peers and the individuals who seek their services. Learn more about Straight Up Care: https://straightupcare.com

 

    Empowering Women and Transforming Careers: Dr. Angela Colistra on Coaching for Change

    Empowering Women and Transforming Careers: Dr. Angela Colistra on Coaching for Change

    Dr. Angela Colistra is a dedicated therapist, professor, researcher, and consultant in addiction and behavioral health. Dr. Colistra shares her incredible journey, highlighting her work in co-occurring care, advocating for integrated treatment systems, and her personal experiences that fueled her passion for this field. We discuss the importance of addressing mental health and addiction together, the challenges faced by professionals in this space, and the need for self-care and intentionality in the helping professions. Get ready to be inspired by Dr. Colistra's story and her impactful work in reducing stigma and promoting holistic care. 


    Links



    Dr. Angela Colistra: https://drangelacolistra.my.canva.site/website
    Straight Up Care: straightupcare.com
    Watch our episodes: ReduceTheStigma.com, Youtube.com
    Linked in: https://drangelacolistra.my.canva.site/website


    Chapters


    00:00 Introduction and Setting the Stage

    03:06 Dr. Angela Colistra's Work on Co-occurring Care in the ACM Criteria

    06:28 The Need for Integration of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Care

    10:26 Dr. Colistra's Personal Journey and Interest in Co-occurring Care

    24:49 The Importance of Spiritual Well-being and Self-care for Counselors

    29:50 Creating Space for New Opportunities and Growth

    32:38 Empowering Women to Redefine Non-Negotiables in Their Careers

    36:12 Reducing Stigma in Addiction and Behavioral Health

    46:59 The Power of Personal Stories in Education and Training

    55:53 Reduce the Stigma Outro 



    Reduce The Stigma is sponsored by Straight Up Care, the telehealth platform empowering lived experience. If you're in need of support, check out Straight Up

    • 56 min
    LIVE STREAM 7/30/24 - Reduce The Stigma - Unfiltered: Culture

    LIVE STREAM 7/30/24 - Reduce The Stigma - Unfiltered: Culture

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    Revolutionizing Recovery with Technology: Connecting People and Innovation

    Revolutionizing Recovery with Technology: Connecting People and Innovation

    • 40 min
    How To Use Your Personal Struggles To Support Others

    How To Use Your Personal Struggles To Support Others

    Talk to Mikayla: https://straightupcare.org/consultant-profile/445


    Mickayla, a certified peer specialist from South Dakota, shares her powerful story of overcoming addiction and the life-changing impact of drug court. Hear how Mickayla turned her struggles with substance use, mental health, and personal loss into a mission to support others on their recovery journey. Discover her insights on the importance of peer support, breaking down stigma, and finding hope in the darkest times.


     


    Links



    Straight Up Care: straightupcare.com
    Watch our episodes: ReduceTheStigma.com, YouTube



    Reduce The Stigma is sponsored by Straight Up Care, the telehealth platform empowering lived experience. If you're in need of support, check out Straight Up Care - where shared lived experience powers recovery.


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    Acknowledgements


    Host: Whitney Menarcheck


    Editing by: Sarah Elash


    Music by: AudioSphere


    This is a Straight Up Care production.


     


     

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    The Power of Collaboration: The Advocacy Against Stigma Conference | Raven Ariola, Advocacy Against Stigma Conference

    The Power of Collaboration: The Advocacy Against Stigma Conference | Raven Ariola, Advocacy Against Stigma Conference

    Community support and advocacy are making a real difference in battling stigma. Let's learn how Raven and his colleagues are bringing communities together to find ways to serve the community member needs while spreading empathy. Plus, don't miss the messages from four attendees at the conference who share their thoughts on stigma.



    Takeaways



    Breaking down barriers and challenging stereotypes is crucial for creating an inclusive and stigma-free environment.
    The Advocacy Against Stigma Conference brings together diverse voices and perspectives to address stigma in various areas.
    Compassion, unlearning stigmatizing behaviors, and elevating lived experiences are key to driving change.
    The future vision for Advocacy Against Stigma includes expanding the conference to other communities and becoming a national platform for addressing stigma.


     



    Chapters


    00:00 Introduction to Raven Areola and the Advocacy Against Stigma Conference


    01:58 Messages from Conference Attendees


    09:30 The Origins of the Advocacy Against Stigma Conference


    11:27 Addressing Stigma Practically and Building Meaningful Relationships


    13:20 The Evolution of the Conference and Showcasing Solutions


    14:02 Breaking Down Stigma Amongst Ourselves


    15:13 The Impact of Language and Building Compassionate Relationships


    16:10 Creating a Safe Space for Accessing Resources


    16:57 Including Those in Need and Providers in the Conversation


    17:49 Sharing Lived Experiences and Addressing Stigma in Various Areas


    18:54 Elevating Lived Experiences and the Power of Stories


    20:52 The Future of Advocacy Against Stigma: Becoming a Nonprofit and Expanding the Conference


    22:11 Continuing Education and Sharing Innovative Solutions


    22:48 Addressing Stigma in Various Areas and Sharing Community Programs


    23:46 Addressing Stigma in Different Communities and Creating Action Plans


    26:30 Having Compassion for Those Who Stigmatize


    27:59 Unlearning Stigmatizing Behaviors and Recognizing Human Instincts


    29:28 Getting Involved with Advocacy Against Stigma


    30:54 The Future Vision of Advocacy Against Stigma


    34:23 Key Takeaway: Appreciating and Accepting People for Who They Are

    • 36 min
    Mindset: You are what you think, do, and who you interact with | Recorded Live Stream

    Mindset: You are what you think, do, and who you interact with | Recorded Live Stream

    Takeaways



    Reduce the Stigma Unfiltered is a new segment of the podcast that aims to have tough conversations and reduce the stigma around taboo topics.
    Mindset is the starting point for exploring and discussing difficult subjects, as it shapes how we think, understand, and perceive things.
    Cultivating a positive mindset involves practices such as gratitude, motivation, and self-care.
    Biases and limiting beliefs can hinder mindset growth, but awareness and communication are key in overcoming them.
    Toxic positivity should be avoided, and it's important to listen to others' perspectives and experiences without imposing our own positive mindset on them.
    Having a growth mindset and being open to learning and unlearning is crucial in navigating mindset shifts and personal growth. Positive thinking and challenging limiting beliefs can have a significant impact on our lives.
    It is important to cultivate self-compassion and be realistic about our abilities and limitations.
    Surrounding ourselves with supportive and like-minded individuals can contribute to a positive mindset.
    Celebrating our achievements, no matter how small, is essential for maintaining a growth mindset.
    Recommended media: 'The Secret' by Rhonda Byrne, 'Think Again' by Adam Grant, 'Forrest Gump' (movie), 'Rocky' and 'Rambo' series (movies)


    Chapters


    00:00 Introduction 


    00:07 Introducing Reduce the Stigma Unfiltered


    01:29 Why Mindset Matters


    02:39 Defining Mindset and Growth Mindset


    05:06 The Role of Mindset in Addiction and Mental Health


    07:27 Practical Strategies for Cultivating a Positive Mindset


    09:15 Overcoming Limiting Beliefs and Shifting Perspectives


    11:50 Navigating Biases and Challenging Assumptions


    21:45 Communicating Expectations and Supporting Others


    25:36 Addressing Toxic Positivity and Biases


    28:06 Overcoming Limiting Beliefs and Embracing Growth


    33:12 The Power of Mindset and Support


    35:45 Challenging Limiting Beliefs and Celebrating Achievements


    38:09 The Role of Self-Compassion and Setting Boundaries


    46:02 Surrounding Oneself with Supportive People


    51:24 Recommended Media for Cultivating a Positive Mindset


    Links




    Angel Fuller: angelfuller.peerspecialist.us and https://www.youtube.com/@riseandthrivepeerservices



    Roger Crouell: https://syndicate12.com/members/rogerc/ and https://straightupcare.org/consultant-profile/465



    What should we tackle next? https://syndicate12.com/rts-unfiltered-next-topic/



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