Fireflies Unite With Kea

Fireflies Unite With Kea

Fireflies Unite Podcast With Kea is a weekly podcast from the perspective of individuals thriving with a mental illness created by suicide survivor T-Kea Blackman. The mission of the podcast is to bring light into darkness (just like the fireflies), encourage people of color to seek treatment and end the stigma and raise awareness. We want to show that mental illness does not have "a look"; it includes everyday high-functioning people. The podcast is also designed for people to see how everyday decisions impact their mental health and overall wellness such as finances, relationships, and nutrition. Podcast episodes are available every Monday. Join the conversation and get social! Facebook Closed Group-Fireflies Unite: Healthy MindsFacebook Fan Page: @firefliespodTwitter: @firefliespodInstagram: @firefliespod... Show More

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October 4, 2020 11 min

On this week's episode, Kea encourages us to check in with ourselves and evaluate the changes we need to make to support our mental and physical health.

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    On this week's episode, Katara McCarty joins the podcast to discuss her app Exhale, why she created it and the benefits of it.

    From out of the realities of abandonment by her biological mother, being bi-racial and growing up in a Black home, Katara McCarty realized early in life that the color of her skin mattered. After becoming a single mother at 19 and finding the courage to leave an abusive relationship, Katara became an ent...

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    On today's episode, Lakitia shares how she healed from sexual trauma and how it has pushed her into purpose.

    LaKitia Woodard is an Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker, International Author, and Sexual Abuse Survivor empowering  women  to transform their life by embracing their difference. On her journey to purpose, she found herself always sharing her testimony of surviving sexual abuse to motivate and inspire women to take actio...

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    September 13, 2020 23 min

    On this special edition episode of Kea's 30th birthday, Kea's mom joins the podcast to discuss her personal mental health journey and what she's learned from her daughter.

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    On this week's episode, Kea shares how therapy has changed her life for the better and four lessons she's learned along her healing journey

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    Five Years In Therapy & Four Things I've Learned Article

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    We all have heard of your IQ? But what is your EQ? What does it mean to be emotionally intelligent?

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    What's Your EQ Article

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    Anxiety is the name used to describe all feelings and symptoms a person experiences when they feel they are in danger. On today's episode, Kea discusses what happens when we experience.

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    What Happens When We Experience Anxiety Article

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    August 16, 2020 5 min

    Who does your support system consists of? What can you do to build  a stronger support system? On this week's episode, Kea offers 10 tips to building a support system?

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    10 Tips To Build A Support System Article

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    Some people have certain personality traits that help them overcome stress such as optimism, a tendency to take action and a sense of humor. You can develop these traits. In this week's episode, Kea talks about stress management tips.

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    Stop Contributing To Your Stress Article

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    August 2, 2020 7 min

    Stress is a part of life but too much stress can cause problems. Stress is sometimes referred to as “pressure” or “tension” when you are faced with a new, unpleasant or threatening situation. It can affect your mental and physical health, damage relationships with family and friends. During Kea's time in the hospital, she learned about the different types of stress and how it impacts us.

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    July 26, 2020 12 min

    On this week's episode, Kea's shares what she learned from her recent depression relapse. She encourages us to give ourselves grace, don't believe the negative thoughts and to learn on your support system.

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    National Alliance On Mental Illness to find a free support group in your area.

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    Kyra Ariana of the The Self-Care Plug Podcast joins Kea to talk about what it is like to live with more than one mental illness. As a mental health advocate, Kyra Ariana focuses on being a source of encouragement and education. She’s also a podcaster of The Selfcare Plug, public speaker and life coach. On her platform she shares beauty tips, educates women on mental health and speaks and creates events within the mental health comm...

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    Boundaries prevent burn-out and promote healthy relationships with yourself and others. If boundaries aren’t in place, many of us fall into codependent roles. On this week's episode, Kea discusses how the savior, people-pleaser and martyr impact relationships.

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    June 21, 2020 6 min

    On this week's episode, Kea shares warning signs of a mental health crisis.

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    June 14, 2020 10 min

    On this week's episode, Kea shares warnings signs to help us identify a potential relapse.

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    June 1, 2020 12 min

    On this week's episode, Kea shares the eight dimensions of wellness and encourage us to think about areas of improvement to enhance our wellness.

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    On this week's episode, Kea shares six myths about bipolar disorder.

    Therapist Shout-Out: Eliza Boquin in Houston, TX

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    On today's episode, Kea speaks with amazing Jenifer Lewis who shares her story of living with bipolar disorder.

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    In this week's episode, Kea speaks to bipolar disorder with mixed episodes. What is it? How is it treated? She also encourages us to write affirmations to help us through this COVID-19 pandemic.

    Bipolar Disorder With Mixed Features Article

    Therapist Shout-Out: Ashley Robinson located in Chicago, IL

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    May 4, 2020 11 min

    In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, Kea is shedding light on bipolar disorder with a four part series. In this week's episode, Kea reflects on her new diagnosis and what its like to blame yourself for not noticing the signs. She also encourages you to find balance and harmony during COVID-19 pandemic by choosing one thing that gives you peace.

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