The Impact Stigma Podcast is our award-winning interview style podcast with three participants, the host, Jennifer Teague, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, the cohost, Josh Moore, Communications and Public Relations Coordinator and our featured special guest.
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This episode of Impact Stigma is very special to both Josh and Jennifer because we have some great news and it’s also the end of Season One for Impact Stigma. Listen as we share this news, present our informative and timely “Surviving the Holidays” toolkit, as well as catch you up on what we’ve been up to the last month. The holidays can create stress and anxiety for all of us and individuals dealing with mental health issues the holidays can be the most challenging time of year. So, please make sure to care for yourself while you care for others, be proactive before stress hits and give yourself lots of grace during the holidays. Take a deep breath and remember this time of year is more about making memories than anything else.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month! During this episode of Impact Stigma, we are joined by our special guest, Tina Johnson as she brings her own personal experience as a survivor of domestic violence along with her expertise and years of dedication as the Program Director for Safe House, Frontier Health’s safe confidential undisclosed shelter program providing any victim of domestic violence as well as their dependent children with a place to stay as well as multiple services to ensure they can get the help they need to start over. Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship. Listen as we share our stories and dig into the difficult questions about overcoming the storm of domestic violence.
Join us for another special episode of Impact Stigma as we talk with Molly Colley, the Northeast Tennessee Regional Director for the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network. Molly shares her personal experience with us as a person who has lost a loved one to suicide and had someone she cares about survive an attempted suicide and how it felt to be the person on the other end. We discuss myths about suicide as well as how stigma creates a severe disconnect with those in need of help. She also has a very interesting love for opossums that has us all laughing and seeing them in a very different light. She is a well-known face in the world of suicide prevention and prior to becoming part of the TSPN team, she was an adult outpatient therapist for Frontier Health at Watauga Behavioral Health Services in Johnson City, TN, and at Scott County Behavioral Services in Weber City, Virginia. She has also worked as an adjunct professor at East Tennessee State University, teaching undergraduate courses for the Department of Counseling and Human Services. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, both from East Tennessee State University.
Join us for a special episode of Impact Stigma as we visit with our very first guest from outside of Frontier Health, Jason Abernathy, AKA, “The Beard”. We invite you to listen along as he shares his colorful story and takes us on a journey through his life, his recovery from addiction and answers some interesting and unexpected questions. Jason has worked since August 2013 on Insight Alliance’s Lifeline Peer Project of Tennessee here in Johnson City, TN and serves as the Region 1 Lifeline Peer Project Coordinator. Since March of 2014 Jason has served as a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) and provides direct peer-to-peer support services for those who have mental illness, substance abuse, or co-occurring disorders. Jason served 4 years in the United States Marine Corps before transitioning into a 16-year career in law enforcement. He then made a career change which allowed him to give back by assisting others in finding their way to the road to recovery. Jason is a person in long term recovery from co-occurring disorders and desires to work to help others break the chains of addiction. He is a certified Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) trainer through the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network, a Trauma Informed Care (TIC) trainer, a Wellness Recovery Action Plan 1 (WRAP) facilitator, and a Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) trainer. He recently graduated from King University in December 2019, where he received his Bachelor of Social Work Degree, and is currently working toward his Master of Social Work degree through the University of Tennessee.
Suicide is certainly a topic that is considered very taboo even today. We are continuing to honor Suicide Prevention Month during September with our special guest as she shares her experience of losing a loved one to suicide and talks all about suicide prevention. Join us on this episode of Impact Stigma as we talk with Cicely Alvis, Director of Specialty Services, as she shares her story that brings such an important aspect to how suicide affects those that are left behind. When we talk about stigma on this podcast, we want to take a stand and be the voice that says it’s ok to ask for help. Cicely has worked very hard and used her voice to speak up about suicide and suicide prevention for years as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the Director of Specialty Services with Frontier Health.
We would like to make sure that our listeners know that if you have someone in your life that maybe dealing with thoughts of suicide or you are inspired at any time during this podcast to reach out for help or feel triggered by this topic, please don’t hesitate to call Frontier Health’s Crisis 24/7 Hotline (877) 928-9062 or the 24 hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number (800) -273-8255 and someone will be there to help you. Also, if you have been a past listener you know we are all about candid and sometimes humorous conversations about the stigma surrounding mental and behavioral health issues, so please know that this podcast is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment for mental and behavioral health issues. If you need assistance, please visit the Frontier Health website www.frontierhealth.org for more information.
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