After a rather lengthy break for relocating, regrouping, & re-certifying (your PodHostess is a NY Certified Peer Specialist in mental health, where continuing education is an ongoing requirement), your WisdomWithin Podcast is back on the airwaves to begin our second season, with Episode 1, “Coping When Life Doesn’t Go To Plan.” A rather timely piece, what, with all of us working our way out of a year of pandemic and isolation and loss. This is about how we move forward, despite such losses. We hope you will tune in and share us with anyone who might need some encouragement.
An unplanned WisdomWithin podcast episode that sort of jumped right in front of us as a must do! Tune in today using the direct link below, and see if anything sounds familiar to you!
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!
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!
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’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
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!
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!
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!
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.