Suicide Zen Forgiveness

Suicide Zen Forgiveness

On this podcast we talk real stuff – the stories of dealing with suicide loss, navigating tough times, and embracing mental health journeys. Elaine, your host, is on a mission to break the silence, kick stigma to the curb, and wave goodbye to the shame surrounding suicide loss and mental health struggles. You know, it’s true what they say – You can’t change what you don’t acknowledge. So, let’s start the conversation, open up, and share our experiences. When I was 16, I lost a dear friend to suicide. Little did I know, that tough experience would turn into a valuable lesson. Now, in my late 60s, I’m still learning and appreciating the Best/Worst Gift from Andrea that keeps me going. Join me in choosing life, taking deep breaths, and embracing vulnerability. #Chooselife #keepbreathing #vulnerability #suicideloss #Ideation #shareyourstory #youmatter #mentalhealth #stopthestigma #starttheconversation #Hope Trigger Warning: Suicide Zen Forgiveness podcast is for education only. Some of the subject matter could be triggering for those newly grieving, or in a poor state of mental health. Please call you local suicide hotline, or mental health office if you need immediate help.


February 20, 2024 59 mins

Surviving Childhood Abuse and Suicidal Attempts - An Interview with Stuart Thompson


Welcoming Stuart Thompson, host of an abuse survivor based podcast in Toronto. Stuart recounts his experiences of childhood sexual abuse, moving from Ottawa to Richmond, breaking his silence and turning towards meaningful conversations around this trauma. He speaks about his involvement with the Gatehouse Centre in Toronto, a support centre for me...

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The Science of Mindfulness: A Discussion with Debbie Hampton

Debbie Hampton, a guest with personal experience of using mindfulness as a mental health tool. Debbie speaks about her new book on using mindfulness from a scientific perspective. She narrates her personal journey from depression, suicide attempt, brain injury to conscious self-recovery through mindfulness. She emphasizes that mindfulness is an effective tool to combat an...

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Sharing Stories and Breaking Stigmas: An Inspiring Conversation with Michael Wood on Suicide Zen Forgiveness


In this episode of Suicide Zen Forgiveness, host Elaine Lindsay welcomes guest Michael Wood to discuss his experiences with suicide and mental health, primarily focusing on his late brother, Jeff. Elaine emphasizes the importance of normalizing conversations around these topics to end the silence, stigma, and shame associa...

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The Power of Positivity and Gratitude in Overcoming Mental Health Struggles and Cancer


In this episode of the Suicide Zen Forgiveness podcast, host Elaine Lindsay speaks with Losa McCoy. The conversation broaches the subjects of suicide ideation, mental health, depression, and Losa's personal battle with stage two breast cancer. The episode sheds light on the importance of ending stigma associated with mental health struggles, bu...

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Deeper Conversations about Mental Health, Grief, and Education

In this episode of Suicide Zen Forgiveness, host Elaine Lindsay talks to death doula Jill McClennan about ending the stigma around suicide and mental health. Despite societal norms, they delve deep into the importance of opening up about grief and pain. They also talk about the critical role of educating children not only about suicide or death but also about understand...

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Surviving Against All Odds: Madeline Michelle Carthen's Battle with the U.S. Government

Elaine Lindsay, host of Suicide Zen Forgiveness, discusses with Madeline Michelle Carthen her 16-year-long battle with various government agencies that erroneously declared her dead. Madeline details her enormous efforts to prove her existence, from learning law to appearing in court. Despite the harrowing experience and its toll on her mental h...

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Surviving Abuse, Suicide and Building a Supportive Community with Hypnotist Kevin Lepine


In this episode of 'Suicide Zen Forgiveness', host Elaine Lindsay interviews professional hypnotist, Kevin Lepine, who survived an abusive childhood and suicidal thoughts. Kevin's journey from being a bullied, adopted child in Detroit to becoming a headliner in Las Vegas has been filled with adversity. He attributes his growth to the supporti...

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Show Notes

Shattering the Silence: Conversations on Suicide and Mental Health with Elaine Lindsay.


In this episode, wrapping up season 6, Elaine talks about Canada's new 988 Suicide prevention line, offers heartfelt, 'Thank You' to each of our Guests and covers our 'December Hiatus' - while Elaine is gone there will be clips from past shows with thanks to all our guests...


We return on January 9th, 2024. May your holiday seaso...

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Laying to Rest: A Journey of Self-Discovery and Healing

In this episode of the Suicide Zen Forgiveness podcast, host Elaine Lindsay shares her personal journey of recovery and self-discovery following a devastating car accident in 1976 which resulted in numerous physical injuries and the loss of her pregnancy. After meeting with Kimothy Walker, a journalist who had been through a similar experience, Elaine reevaluates her perspecti...

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November 21, 2023 43 mins

Teen Minds Redefined: A Conversation about Suicide, Mental Health, and Community Support

The episode of 'Suicide Zen Forgiveness' features host Elaine Lindsay in conversation with Cheryl Pankhurst, a retired Special Education specialist and host of ‘Teen Minds Redefined’ podcast. They discuss the story of a student 'Bella', who was deeply affected by unresolved mental health issues leading to a tragic suicide. Cheryl emphasizes the...

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November 14, 2023 47 mins
My guest, Alicia Christian has agreed to join me today, for which I am very grateful. It's really wonderful when you can find guests that you feel aligned with immediately! I believe by the end of our episode you too will feel aligned with Alicia!

Suicide Zen Forgiveness: Ending the Stigma and Sharing Hope with Alicia Christian


Host Elaine Lindsay welcomes Alicia Christian, a multi-faceted talent and pediatric nurse practitioner,...

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Normalizing Conversation on Suicide and Mental Health with Anne Moss Rogers

In this episode of Suicide Zen Forgiveness, host Elaine Lindsay converses with guest, Anne Moss Rodgers. Moss shares her experiences of losing her son, Charles, to suicide and the journey that it spurred. The poignant conversation focuses on normalizing talks about suicide and mental health to lighten the emotional burden for those in the darkness. They dis...

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Suicide Zen Forgiveness: A Candid Conversation with Jacqueline Gee

This episode of the Suicide Zen Forgiveness podcast features a heartfelt conversation with the host, Elaine Lindsay, and guest, Jacqueline Gee. As a mental health advocate, mentor, and creator of the Doom to Bloom podcast, Jacqueline shares her journey with mental health struggles, trauma, addiction, and her commitment to breaking down their associated stigmas.

A s...

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After being diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 17, and going through hell, and suicidal times, Marie,  found her solution. Marie is now a clinical hormone coach, HRT physician educator, perimenopause and menopause specialist, and speaker with nearly 20 years of professional experience.

Marie says "I have worked directly with hormone therapy physicians and patients utilizing the most advanced and cutting-edge hormone replacement t...

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This 100th episode is a compilation of thoughts from six amazing people I have come to know, respect and dare I say love. 

In a flash at midnight on Monday.. I got a message noting the next episode of the podcast would be #100 

I knew immediately the Universe was prodding me to act on the feelings and thoughts I have been struggling with since October 7th,2023.

I wanted to add something of value for you, that could perhaps make th...

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October 10, 2023 44 mins

My guest, Jody Betty is an author, acclaimed blogger and photographer. 

Jody is a three time suicide survivor, and endured multiple sexual traumas from infancy to age 14. She spent many years with unhealthy and destructive coping skills. Jody eventually chose the path of healing, and now shares her stories online to help others understand they are not alone in their thoughts and feelings. 

Jody’s viral blog, “I Want You to Want to ...

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I'm excited to share my next guest, Darryll Stinson. you may remember, a couple weeks back we spoke with Darryll's lovely wife, Brittany, all about living with, and being married to someone with suicidal thoughts.


Darryll Stinson believes that vulnerable conversations and stories are two of the most effect...

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Sadness abounds at the latest in phobic lunacy.. We are #AllHuman.. can't that just be enough???? 


i want us to be more accepting of our fellow humans.. 

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September 19, 2023 58 mins

Suicide Zen Forgiveness with Richard Brockman: Personal Narrative and Neuroscience in Suicide


In this episode of 'Suicide Zen Forgiveness,' host Elaine Lindsay interviews Dr. Richard Brockman, a clinical professor at Columbia University and author of the critically acclaimed book 'Surviving Life After Death.' Drawing on his own childhood experience of losing his mother to suicide, Dr. Brockman explores the interplay between perso...

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This is part one of a large segment of my journey, and the  understanding that comes from learning you need to lay to rest a part of you that was lost long ago... Like most things in my life after age 16, it begins, mostly with Andrea and the part 2 will come later in Season 6.

Beginning next Tuesday, Sep 19th when my guest will be  Dr. Richard Brockman. Be sure to tune in, to hear his story and all he has learned from this tragedy...

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