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October 24, 2021 27 min

Diagnosed with AHD back in the 1990s.  This is an amazing story! 
In this episode we also cover:
Struggle with mental health
Late teen's on 5 to 6 medications
3 Months in Long term Facility
5 Year's into Recovery - He got told to tell his story
Chose You're Struggle Podcast
Why is there a stigma around mental health? 
 3 Mindfulness tips
 The big message for those who are struggling with mental health

Jay Shifman is an open book. A vulnerable storyteller and stigma-destroying speaker, and a podcast and event host, Jay’s story of struggle are familiar to the millions of people the world over who also struggle with issues of mental health, substance misuse, and addiction. Now in long-term recovery, it is Jay’s mission to encourage difficult conversations and honest education concerning these and similar struggles.

The founder of Choose Your Struggle and the host of the podcast that shares its name as well as the narrative series Rock Bottom Storytellers and A Day in the Life, Jay is a fervent believer in radical honesty and the simple fact that neither struggle nor recovery should be treated as a one-size-fits-all experience, Jay uses his voice, and his platforms to educate, entertain, and empower.

Holding a BA in Psychology from Northern Kentucky University and with over a decade of lived and professional experience in the field, Jay has put in numerous hours of independent learning acquiring certifications in mental health, substance misuse and addiction, and drug policy. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Lauren, and their dog, Nell.

For more information, visit: or find him on your favorite social media platform. 

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