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Separating the Suffering, the Stigma, and the Self w/Danny Holcomb

Danny Holcomb is a peer recovery specialist, a survivor of mental health and substance use disorders, a light worker, artist, and beautiful human. This discussion sheds light on the internalized stigma that can be experienced by individuals with a history of mental health or substance use disorders and often creates barriers and limiting beliefs. Recovery is a process, an action word, that requires on-going commitment to well-being. Following the discussion is an original piece written by Danny for a ReStory group session entitled, Heaven. Stick around to check that out and visit The If You Could See Me Project YouTube channel to experience Danny’s story from the 2019 men’s group performance.

Danny Holcomb on The If You Could See Me Project stage, December 2019:

Danny will facilitate the 2021 IYCSM Men’s/Male Identifying group. Visit to find out more and reach out to express your interest in participating.

The “Why Try” Effect w/Traci Jones

The “Why Try” Effect is a form of self-stigma experienced by individuals who have known failure in the face of mental health, substance use, disability and other learning issues. As a peer recovery specialist, founder of Rise Phoenix Rise and animal assisted wellness organization, and Ph.D. student in organizational leadership with her own lived experience of physical and mental health conditions Traci wants to help others understand this form of self-stigma and develop tools to fight back against it.

Rise Phoenix Rise:

Brain Injury Awareness w/Melissa Earley

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. The IYCSM project Director of Community Outreach, Melissa Earley is also a brain injury survivor. Melissa joins Erin to talk about life after brain injury and all of the complex factors that impact the life of an individual post TBI. In 2019 the NIH released a study indicating that 1 in 5 people who experience a TBI develop a mental health condition, most commonly major depression.

More information on Brain Injury:

If you have a story or personal account about TBI visit and click “Share Your Story” at the top of the home page.

Saturday Morning Coffee with Erin and Lucretia

Erin and Lucretia talked about all the things once again this time! That Black History Month is every month, and how to effectively respond to someone in a mental health crisis. Check out Lucretia’s brand new website and check out her latest Anti-Racist Parenting group series.

Join me every Saturday morning at 10 am on Facebook Live for a new conversation with fascinating people sharing thoughts and ideas on issues related to mental health.

Hope, Healing, Self-Advocacy and Llama power with Heather Pate

This week Erin had a powerful conversation with her friend, IYCSM family member, and co-Founder/Board Chair of Robin’s Hope, an organization that helps adults overcome traumatic life events and toxic stress through building hope, resilience and social connection. Heather Pate is a registered peer recovery specialist who has faced multiple traumatic experiences throughout life which have affected her in numerous ways. She has found that being in a safe and supportive environment has helped her a great deal. She hopes to pass on tools that have helped as she comes alongside others on their healing journeys.

For more information about Robin’s Hope

For more information on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)


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