Self Care in Crisis & Sensitivity as a Superpower!

https://anchor.fm/WisdomWithin/episodes/Episode-16-The-Self-care-In-Times-of-Struggle–or-Your-Sensitivity-is-a-Super-Power-Episode-e3j1a7

WisdomWithin Podcast’s timely new episode joins our podhostess and peer support human, Kathy Surline, with a walk through self care during times of crisis or struggle, with real time tips and tools you can use, and how all of us who struggle with being “over” sensitive, actually have a superpower!

Use the direct link (above) to listen in to the newest episode today! 

WisdomWithin Podcast: New Peer Support Episode On Air!

https://anchor.fm/WisdomWithin/episodes/Episode-15-The-What-the-Heck-is-a-Peer-Support-Specialist-and-How-Do-I-Get-One–Episode-e3ic2f

Use the direct link (above) to join your WisdomWithin podhostess and peer support human, Kathy Surline, for an inside look at what peer support is, who does it, what we do, where we do it, why we do it and how! Available on your favorite listening platform today! We appreciate your participation, support and feedback! 

WisdomWithin’s Podcast Episode on Mindfulness Now Airing!

https://anchor.fm/WisdomWithin/episodes/Episode-14-The-What-the-Heck-is-Mindfulness–Episode-e3hk0h

Catching up on delayed production with our release of Episode #14, the “What in the Heck is Mindfulness?” episode, now available across your favorite listening platforms! Well, we obviously keep mentioning it, but exactly what is it? What does the science say? Does it really help? And what if I only have a minute or two, here and there, to give it a try? All this and more, with your podhostess and peer support human, Kathy Surline, & our support dogs, Bella & Biggs, snoring along in the background. 

WisdomWithin Podcast Episode #12 On Air!

WisdomWithin’s newest podcast episode is ready for drop-in visitors! It’s been a great start – we are about one month in, and air about three episodes per week so far! We appreciate your time with us and all your helpful feedback! Please know, we remain a dedicated work in progress. Our newest release is Episode #12: the “How to Get Through a Panic Attack” episode, with a positive, honest look at real tools to use (or at least to consider), in the moment, that may help you (or help someone you care about), in working through panic symptoms. These tips can help folks who live with such symptoms as part of a chronic, ongoing health condition. As always, we always encourage anyone in urgent need to seek support from health professionals

https://anchor.fm/WisdomWithin/episodes/Episode-12—The-How-to-Get-Through-a-Panic-Attack-Episode-e3f60r

Podcast Episode #10 now available!

https://anchor.fm/WisdomWithin/episodes/Episode-10-The-Downs–Ups-Episode-e3eqcn

Another new WisdomWithin podcast episode to share! Our 10th! Totally self-produced (well, me and the dogs), which is obvious at times, lol. Still, hoping you will join us on our mission of support, sharing good information and awareness in mental health. Did you know, you can talk back to our podcast? If you download the anchor app, which is our production platform (although we are available just about everywhere), you can use the app to leave a voice message directly to the show, or even a regular old message, right here on our website! Comments, questions, ideas to share, interview subjects? Talk to us and let us know!

Check out out our latest podcast episode!

https://anchor.fm/WisdomWithin/episodes/The-Episode-8—The-Just-the-Facts-Episode-on-mood-disorders-e394ut

Hoping you will tune in, subscribe to, and share our WisdomWithin podcast, available now on your favorite podcast platforms! Our latest “Just the Facts” Episode on mood disorders delves into good information around two of the most common mental health diagnoses, Depression and Bipolar disorders, as well as treatment options and recovery considerations!

Exciting news!

I know you haven’t heard much from me lately, but there’s good reason. Very excited to share what I’ve been working on… a podcast version of the WisdomWithin blog, same moniker, encouraging emotional/mental health awareness, education & support, promoting self advocacy, recovery and HOPE. Episodes will run about 30 min. The hope is in reaching people “where they are”, with support, resources and encouragement. This is our test drive, and the show will hopefully develop and improve organically (if not technically), as we go. We are, in general, just out to do good. 👍🏼 We hope to add invited remote participants in the future, who can speak on a range of topics from a range of experience. There may even come some guests who wish to remain anonymous. Hoping you’ll give us a listen and share with anyone you think we might encourage. Would love your feedback, input, suggestions, topic ideas guest ideas, your yays and your nays. Podcasting; apparently the future is now. The anchor link is live already, but should work in your favorite podcast platform within a few days. Apologies in advance for a couple of pregnant pauses between sections. Gotta learn to edit better. But this is a self taught endeavour, so I’m just gonna chuckle on through. Thanks all!

https://anchor.fm/WisdomWithin

In Support of Peer Support…

An invited article on the meaning of peer support to the peer support professional in mental health and wellness:

While I haven’t yet been “working” in our field, I have been working hard (as a volunteer) since earning New York Certified Peer Specialist (NYCPS) certification in May 2016. My purpose in obtaining certification and my focus since, has been around development of programming in mental health awareness, education and advocacy.

I didn’t know there was such an entity as a peer specialist when I was diagnosed or in the early years of my recovery.  There was a time, I thought I’d never be well enough to be of use to anyone in an actual job again, and before my illness, I had worked since I was 12 years old! I worked long and hard for many years, in many roles. I learned a lot. Then my illness took over and I learned even more.

It was several years in to my recovery journey when I found the NYCPS coursework and application online, I thought, here is a way to somehow contribute in the world again. Since certification, I’ve worked with organizations in the early development stages of peer support programming; I’ve developed an awareness/education/advocacy website in support of those who seek resources and information as a peer or family member. It includes lots of resources, basic support information and blog articles written to encourage peers and families in self-advocacy and wellness. I’ve guest blogged for Academy of Peer Services. I’ve guest-edited a recent online newsletter for international Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS). I’ve also been working on a presentation for Western NY Girl Scouts, to help them earn the Mental Health Awareness patch, available through the International Bipolar Foundation.

I share all of this, not to toot my horn, but to sort of explain that I am not doing peer support work “in the field”, i.e., in someone’s home, or traveling around a specific region for one organization’s peer programming. Not that I don’t want to. But, I do recognize my own level of recovery. I recognize what I am capable of. I recognize what I am not yet capable of. That’s important in peer work. I believe, if we have the passion to use our lemons to batch up some lemonade, then we should do so, even if we don’t yet, or ever, fit everyone’s specific mold. I believe that has to be okay. There’s more than enough work to be done in this effort. We need all of us.

In sharing these thoughts though, I’m making the point of this article. You never know in what way you will be of support to a peer, or a fellow peer supporter. You may not recognize that you are being that voice an individual needs at a certain time. You may find, after talking with a peer, that you are thinking more clearly on a certain topic, or that some small part of a conversation the two of you had, has put a light on a missing piece to resolve your current puzzlement. Each interaction is an opportunity.

As Peer Specialists, we maintain that fine line between peer and support; the clients we serve are not intended as personal relationships, but recovery relationships in support of the clients’ goals. Yet, still in recovery ourselves, we may often find ourselves very much in need of our own outlet to vent to, or pose a hypothetical to, or doubt ourselves in front of, or question the process with, or insert your topic of the moment here: _______________.

You get my point. The value in peer support is not only in what we offer for our clients, but what we informally offer each other. By continued, open discussion, forum dialog, conference attendance for those able to do so; webinar participation, group projects, and so forth. We are all recovering, every day. No matter how much good we want to put out into this world, we are wise to recognize where we are in our own recovery, be understanding of the timing in the recovery journey of others, and be respectful and mutually supportive of everyone’s contribution. The fact that we are able to support one another, while we work to support others toward self-advocacy and recovery, makes us stronger in our work. We inherently find ourselves exemplars of the peer support model, both as supported and supporter; talking the talk while walking the walk.

Fog-clearing attempt…

imageAs we advocate for such a diverse population here at WisdomWithin, we endeavor to remain apolitical.

That clear:

During recent peer discussion about fears and concerns raised by reported pronouncements and legislative upheavals here in America, questions arose that we are not qualified to answer.

So, legal friends, for the benefit of those of us who are willing to ask questions but are not necessarily sure where to go after a certain point, I offer the following query, as I have emailed to my elected officials (with resources):

Are we to understand from the following, that everything the new president has signed thus far, are executive actions, not executive orders? Therefore, basically, wishful thinking?

All help appreciated.

Resources:
PBS.org (Listing all to date)

AND:

uspolitics.about.com:

Executive Actions Versus Executive Orders

Executive actions are any informal proposals or moves by the president. The term executive action itself is vague and can be used to describe almost anything the president calls on Congress or his administration to do. But many executive actions carry no legal weight. Those that do actually set policy can be invalidated by the courts or undone by legislation passed by Congress.

The terms executive action and executive order are not interchangeable. Executive orders are legally binding and published in the Federal Register, though they also can be reversed by the courts and Congress.
When Executive Actions Are Used Instead of Executive Orders

Presidents favor the use of nonbinding executive actions when the issue is controversial or sensitive. For example, Obama carefully weighed his use of executive actions on gun violence and decided against issuing legal mandates via executive orders, which would have gone against the legislative intent of Congress and risked enraging lawmakers of both parties.
Executive Actions Versus Executive Memoranda

Executive actions are also different from executive memoranda. Executive memoranda are similar to executive orders in that they carry legal weight allowing the president to direct government officials and agencies. But executive memoranda are typically not published in the Federal Register unless the president determines the rules have “general applicability and legal effect.”
Use of Executive Actions by Other Presidents

Obama was the first modern president to use executive actions in lieu of executive orders or executive memoranda.
Criticism of Executive Actions

Critics described Obama’s use of executive actions as an overreach of his presidential powers and an unconstitutional attempt to bypass the legislative branch of government, even though the most substantial of the executive actions carried no legal weight.

Some conservatives described Obama as a “dictator” or “tyrant” and said he was acting “imperial.”

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida who is considered a potential presidential candidate in the 2016 election, said Obama was “abusing his power by imposing his policies via executive fiat instead of allowing them to be debated in Congress.”

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus called Obama’s use of executive actions as an “executive power grab.” Said Priebus: “He paid lip service to our fundamental constitutional rights, but took actions that disregard the 2nd Amendment and the legislative process. Representative government is meant to give voice to the people; President Obama’s unilateral executive action ignores this principle.”

But even the Obama White House acknowledged that most of the executive actions carried no legal weight. Here’s what the administration said at the time the 23 executive actions were proposed: “While President Obama will sign 23 Executive Actions today that will help keep our kids safe, he was clear that he cannot and should not act alone: The most important changes depend on Congressional action.” (Uspolitics.about.com)