Some weeks our Not Alone broadcasts truly hit a responsive chord with listeners. Judging by the response we’ve received, our March 8 broadcast may be destined to become an all time favorite.
Our three guests were trained peer specialists; people who have faced treatment and lack of treatment, loss of family and friends, and the overwhelming sense of despair that can become part of chronic mental illness. However, our guests, being among the most courageous people we’ve had the privilege of hosting, spoke candidly about finding support and help, looking for balance in life, and gathering the ability to move forward.
My guests credit their success to peers who have also experienced mental health challenges. Peers share life lessons and possess a desire to become a positive role model for others as well as recognize that the system of mental health care must become an individualized program focused on recovery for each person. A peers’ purpose is to eliminate discrimination and coerciveness and become a culture of wellness. Ken, Roni, and Cindy answered questions from listeners with a practical, heartfelt response.
To hear more from Ken, Roni, and Cindy click on the button below to listen to the March 8 Not Alone broadcast, or download the file and listen later. To listen to past broadcasts, visit The Kim Foundation Web site Not Alone Podcast page.
Airing every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. (CST on station KCRO, channel 660 AM based out of Omaha, Neb.), Not Alone is a live talk radio program focused on behavioral health and recovery. Developed by The Kim Foundation through the support of C&A Industries, Inc., Not Alone works to reduce the stigma often associated with mental illness. The show seeks to assure individuals, families, and communities that they are not alone, mental illness affects us all, hosting a variety of guest from across the country.