Fireflies Unite Podcast With Kea

Fireflies Unite Podcast With Kea

Fireflies Unite Podcast With Kea is a weekly podcast from the prospective of individuals thriving with a mental illness.The mission of the podcast is to encourage people of color to seek treatment, end the stigma and raise awareness by sharing personal stories. We want to show that mental illness does not have "a look"; it also includes everyday high functioning people. Podcast episodes are available every Monday via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Music Play, Soundcloud and the website (www.firefliesunite.com.) Join the conversation and get social! Facebook Closed Group-Fireflies Unite: Healthy Minds Facebook Fan Page: @firefliespod Twitter: @firefliespod Instagram: @firefliespod... Show More

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Do you know how to advocate for yourself when you someone talks about your diagnosis? A lack of education continues the stigma and prevent people from seeking treatment.  In this episode, Kea speaks candidly about a recent experience when she educated a loved one on how their comments on social media about mental illness and treatment impacted her.

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Addiction is not a choice; it is a brain disease. Can someone be addicted to marijuana just like they can be addicted to cocaine? Contrary to popular belief, marijuana is addictive even though it is a natural herb. Substances such as caffeine and nicotine are easily accessible and socially accepted but they are addicting substances too. In this week’s episode, Kea is joined by Jasmin Carnelus, a licensed marriage and family ther... Read more

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According to a 2014 study, nearly 1 in 4 active duty members showed signs of a mental health condition. Cashia Kemp is a veteran and mother but her life came to a halt after she considered suicide. After giving birth to her daughter, she struggled with postpartum depression and checked herself in the psychiatric unit.

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After Kea's suicide attempt, she spent almost one month in the hospital between in-patient and partial hospitalization treatment, and it changed how she viewed self-care. Self-care has become a trendy word, especially on social media. Many limit it to manicures, pedicures, and massages. And while those activities can be considered self-care, it is very limiting and does not get to the deeper meaning of self-care.

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It is common to talk about daddy issues but not so common to talk about mommy issues, the wounds received from mothers. In this episode, Kea speaks with Siobhan Sudberry of the BeFree Project and they dive into the topic of mother wounds. From absent to toxic to emotionally unavailable mothers and how it impacts one's mental health.

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October 28, 2019 39 min

On today's episode, Kea shares the changes she noticed since going back on her medication for depression. She also challenges listeners to work on acceptance.

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Therapist Shout-Out: Ince Counseling in Washington, DC
Founder: Tamara Ince

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“You don’t have a reason to be depressed.” You may have said it or heard someone else say it. In this episode, Kea speaks to the science of depression to help you have a better understanding of the complexity of the illness. 

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October 13, 2019 32 min

Did you know constantly spending time on social media can lead to depression and/or anxiety? In this episode, Kea talked about the impacts of social media on our mental health.

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In this week's episode, Kea discusses current challenges with depression and making the difficult decision of going back on medication. She also encourages listeners to give themselves grace and compassion during rough patches.

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September 30, 2019 41 min

Closing out Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in September, Kea discusses the warning signs of suicide and inform listeners how to help. If you are triggered by this episode, please refer to one of the resources below.

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Call 911 for US Citizens

Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
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September 23, 2019 46 min

We live in such a fast-paced society and saying “How are you?” in passing is common courtesy. It is almost second nature to say “I’m OK” or “I’m fine” when you are not feeling well. In fact, we all say it, whether we are battling depression and anxiety or not.

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September 15, 2019 46 min

In honor of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and National Recovery Month in September, Kea candidly shares how she's been managing her  depression and suicidal thoughts. She talks about the importance of having a suicide prevention kit/safety plan and how to develop one before a crisis.

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On this week's episode, Kea is joined by Rwenshaun Miller, a therapist, social entrepreneur, change agent and author of Injured Reserved: A Black Man's Playbook To Being Sidelined By Mental Illness. Rwenshaun speaks about living with bipolar disorder to black boys being misdiagnosed, why he became a therapist and the importance of changing our languag... Read more

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September 1, 2019 32 min

In this episode, Kea encourages us to be mindful of how we support those who are grieving. She offers tips on what's helpful and what may cause more pain to someone.

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August 13, 2019 12 min

In this mini-episode, Kea shares how the death of a family member and other family challenges are taking a toll on her mental health. She challenges you to be proactive verses reactive with your mental and physical health when you feel things are breaking down.

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After losing his sister to suicide, JacQuan Winters birthed the Kristen Amerson Youth Foundation to honor his sister and prevent suicide among children. In this episode, he shares signs of suicide, tips for parents and how his faith in God has led him to continue to educate communities.

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In this episode, Kea is joined by her baby sister, grandma and cousin for a brief discussion how her journey has impacted their view on mental health.

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Where to find Kea on social media and join the mental health conversation?
Twitter: www.twitter.com/firefliespod
Instagram: www.instagram.com/firefliespod
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July 22, 2019 19 min

In this episode, Kea briefly recaps her experience at the Minority Mental Health Summit by No More Martyrs in Birmingham, AL, and shares upcoming events this weekend in New Jersey.

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July 27, Book Signing & Panel ---Heal The City: $30 Admission includes a copy of book and refreshments
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Inspired by a training, Kea explores common thinking styles that limit us from reaching our full potential. She also offers suggestions on how to combat negative thoughts that will help build confidence, have healthier relationships, and better manage depression and anxiety disorders.

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The most popular method of therapy is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) also referred to as  'talk therapy' which can be beneficial to one's healing process. But what happens when it does not work? Davia Roberts of the AFFIRM Podcast joins Kea to discuss different methods of therapy that can assist with healing from trauma, becoming self-aware and learning new coping skills. 

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