Faces of Fortitude: Behind the Lens

Faces of Fortitude: Behind the Lens

A conversation series that provides a safe space for survivors of suicide trauma, to share their stories of grief, loss and survival. This podcast contains adult subject matter and discussions around mental illness, suicide and death, that may be difficult for youth and children to understand without the assistance of someone to help them process. The goal for this platform is to create communities of survivors across the globe that are helping each other across the narratives, creating a process of mutual healing.

Episodes

May 3, 2022 9 min

Welcome Back! After a 6 month hiatus for some self reflection and personal growth, I'm back. Its time for a much needed REFOCUS on how I extend my energy and engage with the world. This is a transitional episode. Short and sweeet - I explain where I have been, whats been happening, where I am NOW and wheree we are going as a community going forward. 

Thank you for listening and Happy Spring! 

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Rosie O'Donnell is a comedian, producer, actress, author and television personality. She can currently be seen on Season 2 of Showtime's The L Word: Generation Q

In this episode Rosie & I talk about her re-emergence on Tiktok where we met, her history with the media, the REALLY exciting projects she has coming up, I even find out a few of her favorite snacks. As a bonus, in true Rosie fashion, she even had a few questio...

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As some of you may know I came out as Transgender in April of 2020 and then June of 2021 I started taking Testosterone. In many ways this past year+ has been an evolution of sorts. Its been easily one of the most difficult times in my life but also the most rewarding and liberating.

I would not have been able to weather any of this without a close circle of loved ones. In this episode I interview August & MB, Nina, Marlow a...

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In this episode we welcome my friends August & MB Hackett and their dear friends Matt & Elliot Dürt. We are so honored they have come to share their story of chosen family in the queer & transgender community, and how their friendship since childhood grew into helping build their own families.

The trajectory of this episode does require a trigger warning, because as many people know, miscarraige a reality and often unsp...

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April 8, 2021 93 min

I am so honored to introduce you to a warrior human.

This is Audri - she is the only parent of two amazing kids, a photographer and the reason we connected because she is a suicide widow.

Today Audri officially becomes the next Face in the Faces of Fortitude project. In this episode Audri bravely shares her painful story of struggle, loss and how she found hope again. Thank you for helping me hold a space for her today.

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March 25, 2021 41 min

This Faces of Fortitude session has been in the works for almost 3 years. Sashii (she/her) is a mother, singer, producer, director and amateur chef - who has struggled with mental illness her entire life.

Almost 3 years ago at one of her major low points, she contacted me to be a Face in my project. The universe has yet to align for us to connect for photos in order for Sashii to be able to share her story. However the podcast has ...

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March 18, 2021 59 min

This weeks guest is the incredible Porscha Maxine (she/they). She is a Politcal & Inclusivity Speaker and Moderator, a Life Coach, A certified teacher and the co-founder of Conscious Roots - a non-profit that provides development experiences and personized plans for professionals, teams and large coporations around unlearning oppressive, harmful and toxic behaviors from a lack of inclusion, diversity, equity and social justice....

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February 25, 2021 68 min

In this episode I welcome entrepreneur/sound healer/holistic wellness coach CRYSTAL MCKINNEY(she/her.) We have such a great discussion about holistic healing, chakra balancing and how she found her way to this path of healing and began creating her YUMMY all natural, sustainable and organic self care product company Bitchy Bath & Body.

Crystal's websites & social media:

https://bzglxxmv7d1.typeform.com/to/X2O485xt

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February 18, 2021 61 min

This Episode I welcome back my friend EVA ECHO (she/her).

She is a transgender activist, mental health and suicide prevention advocate, Ambassador for the London Transgender Clinic, Spokesperson for Gendered Intelligence and recently founded the Pass It On Campaign - a project creating & sharing conversations around the trans and non-binary experience. Please join as we continue the important conversation around inclusion and e...

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This Episode I am SO THRILLED to have four friends help me kick off a new reoccurring series: MYTHS & MISCONCEPTIONS of being TRANSGENDER.

We had SO many laughs during this episode and shared a lot of things that people often either misunderstand or assume about being transgender. This episode provides TONS of information, clarity and thoughtfulness around a community that is both marginalized and misunderstood.

My Guests and t...

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My guest for this episode is Alana Higginbotham (she/her). She is a Certified Life Coach, Published Author & Public Speaker. In this segment we discuss how she found her grove in the Coaching space and how her now VIRAL bite-sized videos entitled by her fans "Drive By Therapy" have now caught fire and why people are SO attracted to them.

https://alanahigginbotham.com/

https://www.instagram.com/alanahigginbotham/

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I am SO thrilled to have my friend and Astrologer Xavier as my guest to open Season 2!

In this episode he tells us WHAT the FUCK happened with the planets in 2020 and why so many of us (especially Cardinal signs) were affected, And he tells us what's in store for 2021.

Take notes folx because there's some SUPER gems in here to help you prepare for the year.

To book a Natal Chart Reading, Tarot or other service with Xavier y...

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December 15, 2020 68 min

In this episode my guest is Shanik, a behavioral therapist for children on the spectrum, and she is also a suicide survivor. Please join us as we have an amazing discussion about childhood trauma and growing up from a young ageas someone who has to surviveBut also how that comes back up later in our lives as adults in our over -achieving, over-thinking and in relationship triggers. Shanik shares her story around bullying, cultural ...

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December 8, 2020 85 min

19 months ago Jackie lost her husband Lou to suicide. In this episode we talk about the grief process she has been through in the last months, and how she has navigated being a mother and now grandmother, working, all while she has been in the early stages of grief. She shares her amazing light on how she has kept going and positive. Its such an emotional and special conversation. Thank you for holding a space for us both as we pro...

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PART 2 of the important discussion around the quick rise in adoptee suicides.

My guests are all transracial adoptees and advocates in the community working to shine a light on the mental health crisis within the Foster Care and Adoptee community. They are also all have struggled with their own suicidal ideation during their journey.

In this episode we discuss the problems in the system specifically around transracial adoption and h...

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November 24, 2020 59 min

On this episode, my guest is Moses Farrow (he/him). Moses is one of the ten adopted children of actress Mia Farrow and later adopted by father Woody Allen.

Many are familiar with the controversial family history, because that is what society focuses on. That is NOT the purpose of this episode.

3 of Moses's adopted siblings took their own lives. This episode is a Faces of Fortitude session for Moses and I to discuss suicide loss...

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November 19, 2020 34 min

I am so excited and grateful to have as my guest, Chef Ayesha of The bay area based Round Midnight pop-up dinner series. In this episode we talk about the how mentally demanding working in the food and service industry is, and the culture around it. We discuss her covid pivot and the future of the industry and then chef and I tackle a fancy fall salad in the bonus video episode!

Bonus Cooking segment: https://youtu.be/xIQ9JNpnNm4

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November 12, 2020 68 min

8 years ago Sandra lost her husband to suicide - her boys were 9 and 12 yrs old. Her best friend of 20 years. In this episode We bond over our stories and she explains how hard the grieving process is for the widowed with children. You don't get days off to grieve. You have to keep going for your children. She applied to be a face in the project and now shares her story on the podcast. We have such a special and poignant conver...

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October 14, 2020 52 min

I am so thrilled to have this amazing human join me for this episode. Kai is a TEDx speaker, violinist, composer and has been open about his struggles with being bipolar. Kai and I met because we are speakers at the same agency, and share the same agent. I was so fascinated by him and what he does when we were introduced, I just had to have him on. In this episode we talk about how this quarantine has actually created a flow and so...

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October 8, 2020 59 min

This is my SECOND virtual Faces of Fortitude session, and I am so happy to welcome my friend and now official Face in the project, he is an educator, artist and survivor - Etan Best (he/him). He was one of the very first people, almost 3 years ago, to email me to apply to be in the project. Over the years we have become dear friends, so in this episode

Part 2 - is Etan's official Faces of Fortitude session where we talk about h...

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