Surfacing - The Meaning in the Story

Surfacing - The Meaning in the Story

Stories are powerful. Listening to them can inspire and telling them can heal. Both contribute to the process of growth. Join us each week to hear the extraordinary stories of individuals who demonstrate the life-changing power of resilience. They demonstrate the capacity within each of us not just to survive but to thrive.

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April 7, 2021 50 min

Ginger MacLeod is our guest today. She’s an MHA employee, volunteer and self-described “cheerleader” who has dedicated her life to helping others find meaning and joy in recovery. In the face of childhood adversity, toxic stress, and alcohol addiction, her journey reflects the powerful discovery of her own worth, which she now uses to help others find theirs. 

 

MHA Resources: http://www.mhawestchester.org/get-help-now 

National Suici...

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Shari Applebaum joins the podcast today to talk about her journey of healing through helping after her son, Miles, died by suicide. We want to acknowledge that hearing about suicide can be distressing for some and emphasize that help is ALWAYS just a phone call away and The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

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March 24, 2021 37 min

Today we talk with Ian Gray, a Peer Specialist with MHA Westchester, who shares how his lived experience has shaped his career path and the way in which he interacts with others experiencing mental health challenges. His story offers hope and also helpful tips on how to support others through connection. Find out more about the programs he works with at the links below.

OnTrackNY at MHA: https://mhawestchester.org/our-services/treat...

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Stephanie Keegan joins the podcast today to share how her son, Daniel, lost his life to addiction while struggling to address the trauma of his combat experience. She tells us about Daniel’s desire to impact systems in order to improve the experience and outcomes of other soldiers with similar stories. Stephanie has committed her life to honoring Daniel’s legacy. 

We want to remind you that there is never a wrong time to reach out f...

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Join us today to hear from Joseph Engelhardt, principal of Alexander Hamilton High School in Elmsford, NY. He discusses how key experiences in his early life (including the loss of his friend to an overdose) led him to the field of education, where his mission is to create a safe learning environment for students that emphasizes wellness. Hear how he has changed the culture so that, rather than being suspended or receiving detentio...

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Listen in as Stephanie Marquesano shares how reading a poem that her son wrote before he died of an accidental overdose propelled her into a journey of advocacy to bring awareness to co-occurring disorders. She is the founder of the harris project, which you can find out more about at the links below. 

 

Link to the poem can be found here

Visit the harris project at https://theharrisproject.org/

On Twitter @theharrispro or by using...

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February 24, 2021 50 min

An interview with Joanne Api, a mother of two, who lost her husband to COVID-19 in April 2020. She shares openly her grief and struggles alongside her efforts to bring meaning to her experience. The content of this episode is understandably intense and may be upsetting for those who have experienced loss due to COVID-19. Please see below for resources and additional support:

https://www.mhawestchester.org/get-help-now

https://nyproje...

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February 17, 2021 34 min

Emily Esfahani Smith, author of the Power of Meaning, joins us for the inaugural episode of the podcast. She talks about the pillars of a meaningful life and how reflecting on the experiences that shape us tell the story of who we become. This conversation sets the stage for the guests that will join us throughout the season, sharing their reflections on their own experiences and journeys, making meaning in the process.

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February 10, 2021 3 min

Welcome to Surfacing - The Meaning in the Story.  Listen as your hosts Jenna Velez and Dustin Loughan give a brief introduction to what you can expect this season.

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