This week we revisit one of the first episodes of Safe Space Radio, a conversation with Canadian broadcaster Neil McKenty about his struggles with depression and alcohol. He describes his depression as the result of a collision between his negative ideas about himself and the smooth front of success he had constructed for the world to see. We talk about how sharing his vulnerability was the pivotal step that helped him gain a new feeling of freedom.
This week I talk with Kathy Russin, the Military Sexual Trauma Program Coordinator for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Maine. She talks about the prevalence of Military Sexual Trauma among veterans, and explains that it is not limited to rape, and affects both men and women. She explains how MST is different from combat PTSD in its impact, and talks about the many ways it can make leading a normal life very difficult.
This week we talk with LJ, who has been dealing with depression for most of his life, and describes it as a battle with a powerful enemy. He talks about the way that depression has affected his career, and vice versa, and describes the strategies he uses when he is well so that he is better prepared when his illness returns.
A conversation with Mary Allen Lindemann, co-founder of Portland’s Coffee By Design. We talk about the ways that one coffee shop worked to become a safe place for those with mental illness. Mary Allen talks about training staff to de-escalate challenging situations, and tells the story of what happened when a staff member became ill herself.
A conversation with Clare Miller, director of the American Psychiatric Association’s Partnership for Workplace Mental Health. She works with employers to help them do everything they can to identify and treat depression among their employees. We discuss how to reduce the stigma of depression, and the value of people coming forward with their own stories. Clare tells the story of how colleagues helped her to get treatment for her own depression, and how this has made her a more effective advocate for others with untreated mental health issues.
The PHQ-9 questionnaire mentioned in the show can be found here: