Kate Sprague’s big brother Jordan died by suicide nearly seven years ago and she’s made a brilliant award winning movie, Our Brother Jordan” on her and her family’s courageous journey through the pain, healing and ultimately where she’s able to say “It’s good to be home”. Kate’s mother Lisa, joins Mark in a conversation on how mental illness descended upon …
“I plan on winning a Paralympic gold medal at the 2016 Rio Games”…that sums up Will Lachenauer – member of the US Paralympic National Cycling Team that’s Rio bound. My talk with Will further demonstrates that despite life circumstances that seem incredibly daunting, determination and resiliency can get one through the worst of times. From motocross racer, climber. Mountain bike competitor to nationally ranked hand crank cyclist post his accident – Will’s remarkable zeal for life, family and work have given him an entire new perspective though the only thing Will says he can’t do nowadays is change light bulbs. Seems like a 90’s flashback that Pokemon is ubiquitous but the new Go version is prompting people who suffer from depression, agoraphobia and more to leave their homes. Can a game help treat mental illness and more through distraction?
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Guest 1: Lauren Meister – West Hollywood Mayor – Discusses the Orlando massacre and what went down in Los Angeles as well.
Guest 2: Professor Junaid Ahmadhmad Director of the Center for Global Dialogue – Currently in Virginia, Ahmad is based in Lahore. Professor Ahmed is also a muslim and has also been secretary general of JUST International, the International Movement to Create a Just World. He is on the faculty of advanced studies at the University of Management Technology and on the faculty of law and policy at the Lahore University of Management Sciences.
“The Orlando mass shooting is a tragic atrocity that is, at the very least, partially attributable to the multiple fundamentalisms spawned by the political maneuverings of Washington and its ‘moderate’ fundamentalist allies in the Muslim world, particularly Saudi Arabia. While it is still too soon to determine the veracity of the narratives around the shooter’s motives and recent behavior, even if we accept some version of it – it is a tragic amalgamation of the systemic pathologies of our time: fundamentalist-inspired hatred of the ‘other’, in this case homosexuals, and militarized, terrorizing violence, conducted wholesale by states and retail by private, non-state actors. Whether or not mental illness contributed to this shooting, it is incontrovertible that these tragic cases have nothing to do with religion per se, but deeper contemporary processes that have fueled violence at home and abroad, with guns, bombs, and drones that have caused countless, nameless victims, in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, becoming so commonplace.
“In addition, it’s important to remember that while conservative ‘orthodoxies’ in all religions, including in Islam, may be homophobic, Muslim thought, practice and behavior has become much more intolerant of homosexuality because of two principal reasons: a) imposition and importation of Western homophobia since the beginning of Western colonialism, with contemporary Muslim homophobic rhetoric reflecting less of Islamic tradition, and far more of Western Victorian and Protestant Fundamentalist vitriol, and b) Washington’s favorite ally in the Muslim world, Saudi Arabia, advancing a fundamentalist violent contempt for anyone not subscribing to their Wahhabi puritanism. Islamophobic and, indeed, homophobic politicians and pundits in the U.S. will conveniently ignore these two factors when pontificating on yet another example, for them, of ‘Islamic terrorism.'”
Dr Christine Moutier, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Chief Medical Officer gives insight on mental illness including CDC findings, AFSP’s ambitious goal of reducing suicide, self talk that people with depression often experience and how the significance for the overnight walk goes way beyond raising money. Melissa Penn, Co-Founder of the NYC Hemophilia Walk discusses how her first child’s diagnosis prompted she and her husband to create a NYC hemophilia walk which has grown to 40 states. This power couple also founded Happy Fest which was featured on Insight several weeks ago. www.nyhemophilia.org
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Interntional fashion model – Shaholly Ayers (www.shahollyayers.com) shares with Mark her vast experiences of growing up with a disability that propelled her to show the world via magazine covers, runways and now Ambassador for Global Disability Inclusion – that her difference makes her stronger (and prettier)! Aslo – an obituary that has everyone talking about how suicide is perceived and learn how the FDA is finally addressing percoct – the widely over use, over prescribed “fun” drug.
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Gary gives you the latest in Health and Nutrition. Gary then discusses the latest news going on in the world and plays two great You Tube clips as well. The two You Tube clips are in the post when you open this. Enjoy.
The diverse ways madness and severe mental illnesses are culturally defined, understood and treated, with Professor Andrew Scull.