Social Inclusion means that we all matter – every person has value, and each of our contributions are important to the wellbeing of the community. Those of us in recovery from mental health or substance use, can inspire others to move beyond misperceptions and the nuances of exclusion when we speak the truth of our recovery experience. We are led by our vision of a welcoming community in which we are all equal and free to live, love, learn, lead, work, pray, and play.
Minister Monique Tarver shares how she first discovered she had mental health issues and the roles her faith and family played in helping her through hard times. Tarver is a leader in building bridges between the mental health and spiritual communities by encouraging the two systems to work together in supporting the whole person.
Mental Health and Wellness Radio looks back on the lives of mental health activists Darnell Livingston, 54 and DeWitt Buckingham, 64. Both men are the founders of the speakers bureau, Black Men Speak. The members of Black Men Speak deliver speeches and talks about mental health, and share their own stories of recovery.
Host Barbara Meyers chats with guests Gigi Crowder and Pastor Horacio Jones about a specialized training in Alameda County aimed at educating and encouraging a much needed collaboration between spiritual leaders and mental health providers. Learn how mental health and spirituality interact in the African American community and the importance of cultural responsiveness.
Join host Shannon Eliot as she chats with PEERS Spirituality Liaison Minister Monique Tarver and BOSS Executive Director boona cheema as they discuss the importance of spirituality in maintaining mental health and wellness.
Kompha Seth lost all but two relatives during the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia. It is estimated that two million people died between 1975 and 1979. What has helped him through the pain after all of these years? Spirituality. In part two of our coverage on mental health, spirituality and the Asian community, host Jenee Darden interviews Kompha Seth, founder of the Killing Fields Memorial in Chicago and president of the Cambodian Association of Illinois.
"Mental Health and Wellness Radio" visits a conference on Asian Americans, spirituality and mental health. In part one of our coverage, host Jenee Darden learns about the martial art Qigong and how it can be used as a wellness tool for such diagnosis as depression and anxiety. She interviews Dr. Randy Sugawara of Qi Recovery. Dr. Sugawara is a psychologist and martial arts instructor.
Fifteen mental health consumers came together last week to participate in the inaugural prayer bead workshop hosted at PEERS. The workshop, created and led by Rev. Lujuan Thompson, aims to stimulate an interest in the use of prayer beads and one's own creativity as a spiritual practice for calming and centering the mind.
After starting with a brief history of prayer beads, participants introduced themselves and discussed how they saw spirituality and prayer beads playing a role in their wellness.