Reduce the Stigma by Straight Up Care

Reduce the Stigma by Straight Up Care

Reduce The Stigma is an initiative by Straight Up Care, with a mission of reducing the stigma that surrounds substance use and mental health. Too often, stigma creates barriers and restricts access to services. Our hope is that by spreading the stories of individuals with lived/living experience with substance use and/or mental health we can break down barriers and build bridges. Reduce The Stigma has two series: Meet the Peer and Recovery Conversations, both hosted by Whitney Menarcheck. Meet the Peer is a special series where we shine the spotlight on peer specialists. Peer specialists are individuals with mental health and/or substance use lived experience who have received special training to support others along their recovery journey. Straight Up Care uses the term peer specialists to cover the various titles and certifications that can be held by an individual with lived experience helping others, such as Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS), Certified Peer Specialist (CPS), Certified Family Recovery Specialist (CFRS), Certified Peer Counselor (CPC), Peer Support Specialist (PSS), Recovery Coach (RC), and more! All peers interviewed on Meet the Peer are providing peer support services through the Straight Up Care Platform. To find a peer support specialist, visit https://straightupcare.com/members/. Recovery Conversations is a series of discussions with people and organizations who are serving individuals with lived and living substance use and/or mental health experience. Through Recovery Conversations, we hope to spread awareness of the numerous resources, initatives, and programs available to support individuals with substance use and/or mental health needs. About the host, Whitney Menarcheck: Whitney is the Chief Innovation Officer at Straight Up Care. Whitney is a trained professional counselor who recently completed training as a peer specialist. With over 12 years of experience serving individuals with substance use and/or mental health needs, Whitney is passionate about reducing stigma and elevating the voices of those with lived experience. Whitney's personal lived experience is with depression, grief, and trauma. Straight Up Care is a comprehensive platform ecosystem that provides all the administrative, compliance, and marketing tools for peer specialists to work for themsevles. Our hope is that by eliminating the barriers peer specialists encounter we can accelerate the connection between peers and the individuals who seek their services. Learn more about Straight Up Care: https://straightupcare.com

Episodes

June 14, 2024 25 mins

In this episode of Recovery Conversations, Whitney Menarcheck sits down with Joe Soel, author of The Broken Mirror of Memory, Iraq and Other Tales. Joe opens up about his experiences in Iraq, the process of writing his book to cope with the trauma, and the importance of recognizing veterans' struggles beyond Memorial Day and Veterans Day. 

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Talk to Angel: https://straightupcare.org/consultant-profile/453

In this inspiring episode of "Meet the Peer," Whitney Menarcheck interviews Angel Fuller, a certified peer support specialist from North Carolina. Angel shares her remarkable j...

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Join us in this powerful episode of Recovery Conversations as we sit down with Whitney Menarcheck Elizabeth Kipp, a stress management and historical trauma specialist, to explore her incredible journey of healing from over 40 years of chronic pain, anxiety, and addiction. Elizabeth shares her expertise in addiction recovery coaching, ancestral clearin...

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Welcome to "Meet the Peer," a special series by Straight Up Care, where we shine the spotlight on peer specialists making a difference. In this episode, host Whitney Menarcheck sits down with Tom DeCoteau Jr., a Peer Support Specialist from South Dakota. Tom shares his powerful journey from childhood trauma and addiction to 21 years of sobri...

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In this episode of Recovery Conversations, Whitney Menarcheck sits down with Dr. Danielle Dick, Director of the Rutgers Addiction Research Center and renowned author of "The Child Code", to explore the profound impact of genetics on substance use disorders, mental health, and parenting. Dr. Dick delves into the myth of super-parenting, the p...

Mental health, addiction, drug use, recovery, struggle... these topics can be heavy, confusing, and shrouded in stigma. Reduce The Stigma, your favorite podcast for recovery stories, peer specialists, and recovery-oriented organizations, is taking a bold step forward with a brand new series.

Why A New Series?

Meet The Peer and Recovery Conversations have been well-received and we're so grateful to our audience. We fo...

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In this episode of "Meet the Peer," host Whitney Menarcheck sits down with Toni Morrison, a Certified Peer Specialist from South Dakota. Toni shares her powerful journey from battling addiction and facing legal challenges to embracing recovery and becoming a beacon of hope for others. Discover how Toni's lived experiences and resilience ...

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In this episode of Recovery Conversations, Whitney Menarcheck interviews Jonathan Lewis, the co-founder and CTO of Straight Up Care. Jonathan shares his inspiring journey and makes a significant announcement about the launch of Syndicate 12, a revolutionary platform designed to support mental health and substance use recovery. Join us as we discuss the features of Syndicate 12, including anonymous conne...

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Connect with Melissa: melissasaady.peerspecialist.us

Melissa Saady is a certified peer recovery specialist from Virginia. Melissa shares her inspiring journey of recovery from addiction, overcoming a decade of substance use triggered by a severe injury and subsequent painkiller prescription. With six years in recovery, Melissa discusses how her lived experiences help her connect with and support others in their recovery journeys. ...

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Joy and the recovery journey aren’t usually synonymous, but if Ken Dunn, Chief Joy Facilitator has his way, that won’t be the case for much longer. With an emphasis on the importance of joy and play when pursuing a goal, learning something new, or taking on a challenge, he delivers a message of hope and inspiration. Sharing his lived experience with substance use, work, and video game addiction, Ken discusses the import...

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ADD/ADHD has received a lot of attention in recent years for the over-prescribing of medications. In fact, the US is experiencing a nation-wide shortage of medications used to treat ADD/ADHD. While the diagnosis has been in existence since the 1960s, albeit under a different name, the prevalence of ADD (now known as ADHD) and its medications surged in the 1990s among elementary-aged children. Decades later, we’re now able to ...

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Talk to Belinda: Straight Up Care

Belinda Ennis, a peer in training in Arkansas, shares her experience in the peer...

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In this episode of Recovery Conversations, host Whitney Menarcheck interviews Alicia Nolan, the founder of Choose to Live, shares her personal experience with suicide and mental health and how it led her to start her organization. Choose to Live aims to create a safe space for people to talk about their struggle...

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Talk to Sam: https://straightupcare.org/consultant-profile/5411133

Sam Mason, a peer support specialist based in South Dakota, shares her inspiring journey of resilience and healing. Hosted by Whitney Menarcheck, this conversation delves into Sam's lived experiences as both a survivor of unhealthy relationships and a supportive loved one of individuals battling ...

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In this powerful interview, Mary Beth O'Connor shares her journey from trauma and addiction to becoming a judge, offering hope and inspiration to others facing similar struggles. From growing up in a violent household to battling addiction for over a decade, Mary Beth's story is one of resilience and triumph. Discover how trauma and addiction are often interconnected and how Mary Beth found solace in drugs before embarking ...

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In this episode of Meet The Peer, Jennifer Lazarus, a certified peer support specialist in North and South Carolina, shares her journey of becoming a peer specialist and the importance of peer support. She discusses her own lived experience with mental health challenges and addiction, emphasizing the role of peer support in recovery. Jennifer also highlights the need for self-advocacy and the value of p...

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Join host Whitney Menarcheck in an eye-opening conversation with Anna Meredith, the education and survivor services supervisor at River City Domestic Violence Center in Yankton, South Dakota. Discover the vital role that River City plays in helping individuals fleeing domestic violence and offering resources to break the cycle. Gain insights into the services provided, such as the 24/7 crisis line, emer...

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In this powerful video, join Hawaii Peer Specialist Ryan Spillane as he shares his personal journey of overcoming addiction and finding a path to recovery. From struggling with substance abuse and mental health challenges to discovering a new purpose in life, Ryan's story is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. Through his experiences, he challenges stigma surrounding addiction and del...

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Adam Martin, the founder and executive director of the F5 Project, shares his journey from being a five-time felon to creating a successful nonprofit organization. F5 Project focuses on helping justice-impacted individuals by providing housing, peer support, and reentry services. The organization has achieved a 75% success rate in helping individuals complete their program and avoid reoffending. Adam em...

  • In this episode of Meet The Peer, host Whitney Menarcheck speaks with Tim Reck, a peer support specialist in South Dakota. Tim shares his journey of overcoming trauma, addiction, and DUIs to find recovery and purpose. Tim's story highlights the importance of acceptance, facing fears, and finding genuine connections in the recovery community. He emphasizes the difference between worry and concern, as...

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