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Stories are powerful. Listening to them can inspire and telling them can heal. Both contribute to the process of growth. Join us each week to hear the extraordinary stories of individuals who demonstrate the life-changing power of resilience. They demonstrate the capacity within each of us not just to survive but to thrive.

Surfacing - The Meaning in the Story The Mental Health Association of Westchester

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 21 Ratings

Stories are powerful. Listening to them can inspire and telling them can heal. Both contribute to the process of growth. Join us each week to hear the extraordinary stories of individuals who demonstrate the life-changing power of resilience. They demonstrate the capacity within each of us not just to survive but to thrive.

    Fair Street USA with Maryrose Mercurio and Moira Trachtenberg

    Fair Street USA with Maryrose Mercurio and Moira Trachtenberg

    Join us as Maryrose Mercurio and Moira Trachtenberg share about an exciting project that MHA has had the opportunity to get involved in.  Maryrose is coordinating the Fair Street USA exhibition, and Moira is one of the artists helping to produce the art, which will be utilized to convey critical information about fair housing and discrimination.  The goal is to raise awareness and provide resources to promote fair housing for all.  Listen in to get a behind-the-scenes view of how this is all coming together and visit the art installation at the end of the month! See below for more details:

    Fair Street USA Art Exhibition and Block Party
    White Plains Library Plaza
    June 29th at 5:30 PM
    Art, Music, Food, Information, Community and more!

    Follow @cd_whiteplains on Instagram and @Fair Street USA on Facebook for more info and updates!

    • 34 min
    The Man Behind the Music with Jim Coyle

    The Man Behind the Music with Jim Coyle

    Jim Coyle is the musician behind the incredible music you hear in Surfacing's intro and outro.  In addition to his musical talent, he is also a dedicated employee of MHA's OnTrackNY program.  He works with young adults newly experiencing symptoms of psychosis, supporting them in pursuing their educational and employment goals.  His mission is to inspire hope in each individual and their family so that nobody experiences the damaging message that a mental health diagnosis means life stops moving forward.  He infuses his work with music, and after listening to this episode, you'll understand how his own family's experience gave him the passion to spread hope for recovery.

    Learn More About MHA here: www.mhawestchester.org

    • 25 min
    Changing Poison to Medicine with Emily Grossman

    Changing Poison to Medicine with Emily Grossman

    Emily Grossman shares her powerful journey from struggling with bipolar disorder to thriving with bipolar disorder.  In addition to sharing how her greatest struggle became a springboard to her best self, her story also demonstrates the importance of instilling hope that recovery is available to all.  Her story illustrates how powerful the messages are that we receive about mental health and how these can be harmful or harnessed for good.  Emily talks about experiencing thoughts of suicide in this episode, so we want to remind all of our listeners that help is always available and that it's never the wrong time to reach out. 

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
    Learn more about the Pathway Home program Emily discussed: Pathway Home™ – CBC (cbcare.org)
    Learn more about MHA here: www.mhawestchester.org

    • 36 min
    The Power of Family Support with Sharon McCarthy

    The Power of Family Support with Sharon McCarthy

    Sharon McCarthy is the volunteer Program Coordinator at NAMI Westchester.  NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is an organization that provides support and education in the community to individuals and families impacted by mental health concerns.  Sharon uses her own story of supporting her daughter through her recovery to illustrate the impact on families when a loved one is struggling with mental health.  She shares insights on common experiences for caregivers and the importance of family peer support. 

    This episode includes discussion of suicide and we want to remind you that help is always available at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.    Lifeline (suicidepreventionlifeline.org)
    1-800-273-TALK

    Learn more about NAMI Westchester: National Alliance on Mental Illness | Health Organization (namiwestchester.org)

    Learn more about MHA Westchester: www.mhawestchester.org

    • 43 min
    Conquering Superman Syndrome with Mike Ahearn

    Conquering Superman Syndrome with Mike Ahearn

    Mike Ahearn from Wellbridge Addiction Treatment and Research joins us today to discuss his journey to recovery and how this has influenced his career today.  He covers a lot of ground during the episode, from his struggles with identity development in adolescence, to the challenges of entering adulthood, and how these and other factors contributed to a battle with addiction.  He then shares how he found self-esteem, meaning and joy in his recovery. He reflects on his gratitude for the life he has, while also offering genuine reflection on the grief and survivors guilt that co-exists with that gratitude.  His contagious energy and genuine emotion will pull you in and leave you feeling uplifted, hopeful and perhaps better able to understand the complex experience of those facing addiction.

    To learn more about Wellbridge: www.wellbridge.org

    To learn more about MHA: www.mhawestchester.org

    • 38 min
    Filling Potholes in the Soul with China Darrington

    Filling Potholes in the Soul with China Darrington

    China Darrington joins Jenna and Dillon today to share a powerful story of recovery that turned into a passion for advocacy.  China is the Director of Advocacy and Public Policy at Thrive Peer Recovery Services in Ohio, where she uses her knowledge, voice and passion to impact the larger systems that influence how behavioral healthcare is delivered.  Her story delves into some sensitive topics that we want listeners to be aware of, including sexual trafficking.  It’s incredibly important to have these conversations so that we can improve our responses and prevention efforts. China’s story also beautifully illustrates the impact of asking what happened instead of what’s wrong with you?  She weaves in powerful metaphors that bring her experiences to life and offers her thoughtful views on how we can do better as a nation to respond to those with behavioral health challenges. 
    Here’s where you can find out more about Thrive Peer Recovery Services and some helpful resources: 
    Thrive Peer Recovery Services: https://thrivepeersupport.org 
    Human Trafficking Help and Resources: https://ovc.ojp.gov/program/human-trafficking/overview 
    Find out more about MHA here: www.mhawestchester.org

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

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21 Ratings

21 Ratings

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Awesome hosts and podcast!

So grateful to be a guest on this awesome podcast! Jenna and Dustin are compassionate, authentic, and know how to get the flow going. Kudos to your podcast! May you heal more lives through the powerful stories you share.

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Out of Excuses episode

‘Out of Excuses’ - best of the series so far!
Also, ‘From Being Suspended to Never Suspending’.
But, overall - a great season. Very eager to see how season 2 continues this excellent trend. Thank you.

Catkarp ,

Listen, learn, connect and pay forward

I always leave the podcast feeling like I’ve learned something that can help me in my own journey or help someone I know. Jenna and Dustin are genuine and compassionate, leading guests through more than just their stories. The “meaning” in the title will be something different for every person and I think that is where the power and hope lies.

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