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December 16, 2020 45 min

In this episode of the Heromakers Podcast, Laurie and Ann talk with Jay Shifman, author, speaker, podcast host, and founder of Choose Your Struggle. As we bear down on 10 months of Covid-19 shaking up our lives, Jay talks about his own struggle with depression and anxiety and attempted suicide. We discuss the all-too-common problem of substance misuse and how good things can go bad quickly. Jay has been sharing his story for years in an effort to educate others on how to care for and advocate for yourself when being diagnosed with a mental health illness. 

Jay's own story is powerful and speaks to the importance of family, self-care, and mindfulness as ways to pick a "struggle" that is worth fighting for. Oh, and Jay tells us why the term "struggle" isn't always bad.

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