Interview With Michelle E. Dickinson
It is incredibly important to talk about mental health and try to remove the stigma around it.
This week’s guest is an incredible mental health advocate, we welcome Michelle E. Dickinson to the show! Michelle shares her story with her bipolar mother, and she emphasizes a lot on doing the work through the pain and the anger. She recognizes that we are always responsible for ourselves. Also, no matter how much harm our parents did to us, they ultimately tried the best they could with the tools they had in hand. Michelle shares a couple of resilience tips we can apply to our daily lives!
Life events will try to knock us down, but we have to have the courage to stand up, speak up, and reach out for support.
About our Guest - Michelle E. Dickinson
Michelle E. Dickinson is a passionate mental health advocate, a TED speaker, and a published author of a memoir entitled Breaking Into My Life. After years of playing the role of child caregiver, Michelle embarked on her own healing journey of self-discovery. Her memoir offers a rare glimpse into a young girl’s experience living with—and loving—her bipolar mother.
Michelle spent years working to eradicate the mental health stigma within her own workplace by elevating compassion, causing more open conversations, and leading real change in how mental illness is understood in the workplace and within the first responder community.
Michelle is also committed to improving the lives of youth. As a past volunteer with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), The Make A Wish Foundation, and serving as big sister with the Big Brothers / Big Sisters, elevating the wellbeing of our youth matters to her. Michelle’s volunteer work led her to create her own children’s program called Perfect, Just the Way You Are. This program was designed to help youth better understand how to Nourish the Body and the Mind and has reached over 2,000 children and their families in NJ, NY, and PA over the past 5 years. The program recently evolved into a school-wide and student-led mental health wellness fair. Her intentions are to touch as many children’s lives with this program so that children proactively develop a healthy relationship to brain health.
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How sharing one’s story regarding mental health can help other people.
How healing and processing these situations help improve one’s mental health.
Why separating the person from the disease will improve the relationship.
Why there is no shame in asking for help.
How important it is to ask ourselves what are other people’s relationship to mental health.
How small improvements in patterns can lead to better attitudes towards life.
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