Part 1: We all have probably either known someone who has taken their own life or have heard of suicide and how it affects the loved ones who are left behind. However, it’s one of those subjects that people tend to not talk about. But like I’ve said on my show many times before, the only way we can make things change is by being willing to acknowledge the topic and have these tough discussions. In this episode, I speak with Greg Marley, the Director of Suicide Prevention for the Maine branch of NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness). Greg talks about what mental illness is, what signs you can look for and shares tips on how to help those you love who may be suffering from a mental illness.
Almost everyone has directly or indirectly experienced how chemical dependency can affect a loved one. Lynda is joined by the creators and subjects of a local Maine television documentary series, Voices of Hope – The Rugged Road to Recovery. This series is a project started by SEED (Students Empowered to End Dependency) and is a variety of very personal stories shared from the people who struggle with substance use disorder and are in recovery to the families who have lost loved ones.
SEED was formed to add the voice of students to help explain the insidious brain disease of chemical dependency. Their main objective is to amplify community messaging about use of chemical substances by explaining the science underlying the disease model. In so doing, it is their hope that fewer people will start using drugs & alcohol and more will seek recovery. This series is their first project. You may watch the whole series on their website and stay tuned for more episodes, as they are in the process of being filmed!
If you or your loved one struggles with addiction, please seek out local help. There are a variety of resources on the Voices of Hope website.
I hosted a special event with Psychic Medium, Cathy Ripley Greene, where people called in to be connected with their loved ones who have passed away. From the young mother who recently lost her love in a car accident to reuniting a woman with her sister and another with a close friend, Cathy was able to give each caller information that helped identify their loved one as proof it was them, then gave them each a message and finished the call channeling a special message for them to give them some peace. I have met many Psychic Mediums and Cathy Ripley Greene is the real deal! Prepared to be blown away!
Updates on my favorite non-profit organizations: Hair Matters, Madeline’s Mission & Stop Trafficking US – Episode 138
This show is a montage of 3 of my favorite Maine non-profit organizations providing updates on where their organizations have been, where they are now and what they need to continue helping so many!
Debby Porter is the Founder & CEO, of the non-profit organization Hair Matters. As a hair stylist, when Debby heard the words, “you have breast cancer” she was not only terrified for her life, but she wondered how she would cope with hair loss. She found there was no place to turn for help with hair loss and during her recovery she vowed to create the kind of help she wasn’t able to find. That’s how Hair Matters was born. Today, Hair Matters works to restore vitality and hope and reduce fear and isolation for all who seek their help by providing emotional support and hair loss solutions in a non-medical setting. You can hear the full interview I did with Debby in Episode 67.
Amie Marzen, founder of Madeline’s Mission joins us to share the story of her beautiful daughter Madeline, whom she lost at just 4 years young to a brain tumor. When Amie found herself in this “child loss club” she felt lost, alone, and scared and couldn’t find the support she and her family needed to help them during this difficult time. That situation motivated her to create this non-profit organization in honor of her daughter so other families will have the support they need while coping with the loss of a child. You can hear the full interview I did with Amie on Episode 33.
Catherine Ann Wilson, founder of Stop Trafficking US, is a child sexual abuse and sex trafficking survivor. Catherine shares her very personal story through a worldwide platform to help prevent what happened to her from happening to other young girls and boys. In this episode, she shares about the huge difference her organization is making by providing training to social workers, law enforcement officials and more! You can hear the full interview I did with Catherine in Episode 35.
Everyone Has the Ability to Connect with Spirits – Cathy Ripley Greene, Psychic Medium – Episode 135
For 27 years, Cathy Ripley Greene owned and directed a wellness center in Walpole, Massachusetts. As a Chiropractic Physician working in the arena of healing. While she is retired from her Chiropractic practice, she continues to offer healing at her center, but it is now through the art of Mediumship. At a young age Cathy realized she had a strong connection with spirit which she has continued to develop and strengthen for many years. As a Medium, she connects with and communicates with those loved ones who have passed to spirit. It is her belief that we never die, we just change and are living on another dimension. In this episode she talks with us about the science behind connecting with spirit and how we all have the ability to do that!
Cathleen Elle is a three time #1 International Best Selling Author, Global Speaker, Certified Success Coach, Healer and Co-Host of Beyond Your Best Plan Podcast. Cathleen shares powerful healing techniques for those who have experienced unexpected loss or hidden trauma to reconnect, uncover, and embrace their joy and connect with their loved ones’ light. She has coped with multiple traumas, but the death of her 19-year-old son, Logan, from suicide was the catalyst that changed her life forever. Today, she assists in changing the trajectory of others’ lives by providing the tools that aid them on moving through the emotions accompanied by these challenging experiences.