Have you suffered from a collapse in your mental health, and you feel like no one really understands what you are experiencing?
Do you need inspiration that recovery is possible?
Have you ever wondered if there are any other resources that could aid you in navigating your mental health challenges from shadows to light that could compliment medications and traditional therapy?
Are you a caregiver or a professional who supports people who struggle with their mental health, and would like to know more about a mind-body-emotions-spirit approach to helping someone rediscover momentum in their life?
You are in the right place.
From Shadows to Light is a compilation of the voices of 11 co-authors who courageously share their own mental health journeys, challenging stigma by speaking out.
Each author shares about their personal initiation of mental health challenges, the lessons they learned, and alternative approaches to recovery and maintaining their well-being.
Come join us through the visionary pages of From Shadows to Light, where you will be taken through topics such as nutrition and brain-gut health, trauma and PTSD recovery, workplace psychological safety, mental health advocacy and the wisdom of a multidisciplinary "whole human" approach to mental wellness that considers the mind, body, emotions and spirit of the individual.
All 12 co-authors currently live in Alberta, Canada, and are advocating for systemic reforms in mental health care in Canada and beyond.
· Christina Bjorndal
· Mike & Lisa Adams
· Kimmy Krochak
· Cinnamon Cranston
· Cindy Klamn-Conway
· Vireo Karvonen
· Marilyn Brighteyes
· Katrina Breau
· Ruthann Weeks
· And Compiler, Olivia Kachman
I got to speak with Nathalie from The Working Mom PodCast about what people don't know about PTSD, my personal story of living with my husband who has PTSD, and some tools that help when you might be triggered.
Join host Olivia Kachman as she talks with Lisa and Mike Adams as they share both their individual stories and family stories as they relate to the impact of PTSD, and how their family was able to come to better understand PTSD.
Get to Know Lisa Adams:
Lisa is a Life Coach, fitness trainer, and professional speaker. Lisa has been a part of the military family for over 20 years. She brings a unique approach to dealing with trauma that stems from her marriage to a military member who was injured and diagnosed with PTSD in 2006. Lisa has experience working as an Education Assistant supporting students with trauma issues, special needs, and learning disabilities. She has been a volunteer with the Peer Support Program with Operational Stress Injury Social Support (OSISS) for the past 3 years. Lisa has multiple diplomas in Professional PTSD Counselling, Fitness and Nutrition, Personal Training, as well as certifications in Cognitive Behaviour Techniques, Empowerment Life Coaching, Reiki Master, and Advanced Angel Empowerment Practitioner. Lisa is continually updating her trauma training. Her mission is to “Educate and empower, one person at a time.”
Get to Know Mike Adams:
Mike is currently a serving member in the Canadian Armed Forces. Mike’s career started over 23 years ago as a member of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. He is currently a Land
Communication and Information System Technician. He has had multiple deployments both domestic and international.
Lisa alongside her husband Mike spoke about their journey of PTSD and how mental health affects the whole family.
They share details on personal information about Mike's outburst and how his injuries would be a battle for their while fmaily for many years.
Lisa shares different events where Mike had a PTSD episodes and how frightening those experiences were. They spoke aobut Mike's flirtations with suicide and how finding professional support as family has helped them.
Lisa shares that peer support with people who understood what it was like to live with someone with PTSD was a huge help. A year after attending OSISS she became a peer support volunteer.
Lisa has since went back to school and has successful stated helping others who are caregivers. She feels blessed to be able to empower other caregivers by showing them skill build resillence and coping skills.
I was recently on Rolling and Rambling Podcast of my friend Steve Bertrand. Steven is known as Rolling Motivation! He has been in a wheelchair since before I knew him. His sister and I became friends while working in the same strip mall.
Steve and I had a sit down to talk about who is a caregiver how he is also doing great work to bring awareness to the city of Victoria BC.
Debra has a Youtube show called the Magical Messages of Hope and I was lucky enough to sit down and talk to her about caregiving and the stresses of being a caregiver. Debra first hand knows what it's like to be a caregiver. She was a caregiver to her special needs son as well as her aging parents.
Debra now hosts this wonderful show to help support and motive other families who might be struggling to support a child with a disability.
Caregiving can take the life out of you and you don't even realize it until it's often too late.
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