In this interview from 2011, I speak with Catharine Murray about how writing poetry helped her heal from a loss that initially felt unspeakable – the death of her 6 year old son. She explains how sitting down to write allows her to create a new space to work with her sadness, and she shares three poems that illustrate the evolution of her grief and her ongoing healing. Her story offers a novel approach to healing from all kinds of losses.
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:
We continue our series on hidden feelings this week with two stories about guilt, the kind we feel when we believe we didn’t do enough at the end of a parent’s life. We’ll hear from people who were troubled by the way they failed to show up for their parents, and discuss the process of finding relief from that guilt.
In part two of our series on the TRC, I speak with Maria Girouard, Esther Attean and Stephanie Bailey of Maine Wabanaki REACH. We discuss the process of gathering the untold stories of the many people affected by the longstanding practice of removing native children from their families and their tribes.
We begin a new series on racism in Maine with a conversation with Natasha Wilson, who moved to Maine in 2012 following the tragic death of two of her brothers. She talks about how her experience of racism has been shaped by the different places she’s lived, and how she was unprepared for the alienation and hostility she has experienced in overwhelmingly white states like Iowa and Maine. We also discuss the history and underpinnings of white privilege and the idea of whiteness as a social construct.
To read the article by “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” byPeggy McIntosh that is referenced in this conversation, we recommend that you email the author directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a free copy.