When tragic, life-altering events take place, it’s hard to see beyond the immediate horizon. If you’ve lost someone close to you, that loss leaves a permanent mark. Responses to such cataclysmic personal events can understandably be tumultuous. But, the nature of your response has strength building potential. It has character enhancing potential. And sometimes, it may even lead you towards a professional calling.
My guest today is Angela N. Frazier, a speaker, and mental health influencer. She has a Master's of Public Health and Community Health from the UT of Health School of Public Health, and she received her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and communication from Portland State University. Angela founded a nonprofit called Sisters in Public Health with the purpose of connecting all women in public health. She’s the author of A Kid's Book About Suicide. Her work in the field of mental health has a strong and lasting impact on women and kids from across the globe.
In today’s episode, we’ll talk about how the experience of losing her mother to suicide as a young adult has shaped Angela’s life. In the ashes of tragedy, she reached for the resources she had around her. But, more importantly, she has since dedicated her life to creating the resources that weren’t available to her when she really needed them.
The loss of her mother has taught Angela the importance of having a supportive and understanding network of professionals to turn to in times of tragedy. The journey through healing is truly one that never ends. When resources are available and accessible to the people who need them, when they need them, the web of support is cast wide. This allows people to experience and process loss through a community that understands the level of that difficulty, and supports you as you embark upon your journey towards healing.
What You Will Learn:
The invaluable impact of a strong mental healthcare system (7:20)How to turn pain into purpose (10:18)Moving forward after loss (13:31)The healing power of sharing (16:02)The healing power of networking (21:54)Suicide prevention: How to talk about it (31:56)Finding wisdom through retrospection (34:36)Healing is a process (39:30)How to get unstuck (42:46)
Connect with Angela Frazier:
WebsiteA Kids Book About Suicide by Angela FrazerSisters in Public Health
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