We believe that when women heal, families heal, and communities do too.
The #MentalHealthMonday Educational Series features today’s leaders in women’s wellness, mental health, and addiction recovery.
Monday, August 1 @ 11:00 am PST | 2:00pm EST
The Expressions of Service: Exploring Our Gifts with Elizabeth Bishop
During this engaging session of #MentalHealthMonday Elizabeth will help us learn:
- The true definition of service and how is it expressed in your life
- The importance of joy and fulfillment in wellbeing and as a roadmap for contribution
- Why sensitivity is a superpower
- How to identify characteristics of self-abandonment and self-responsive behavior
Monday, June 27 @ 11:00 am PST | 2:00pm EST
Unaddicted to You: Loving Through the Darkness with Etel Leit
Addiction is not a one-person thing, but it’s something that flows all over. It impacts the family, friends, bosses, and the people around them. Most often, too, addiction is looked at as a family issue.
During this engaging session of #MentalHealthMonday Etel will help us learn:
- How depending on another person to change may encourage us to lose our identity
- The tools she used on her own healing journey and how she helps others today
- Ways to navigate a loved one’s addiction and recovery
Monday, June 20 @ 11:00 am PST | 2:00pm EST
Who’s Driving Your Bus? : Family Systems
If there are 21 million people in the US with a substance use disorder and one person loves them, that is 42 million people who are walking wounded from this family disease. Without including the behavioral addictions.
Entering recovery due to the fallout of her’s ex’s secret life in his sexually compulsive behavior, Margaret did not know what she didn’t know. From denial to obsession, being wholly derailed from recovery if they communicated, she was consumed by trying to control and manage him to avoid her pain.
Margaret will walk us through the parallel process of the family response to the disease of addiction. She will speak about triggers for the loved ones that set off Monkey Chatter.
This Bus Analogy came from such an unexpected source and has been one she repeatedly uses along her recovery journey.
Her passion is to educate and support people who love someone with addiction. She tells her clients they have a no-fault illness, and are not responsible for cleaning up the wreckage in their family. Margaret faced her food addiction, and seven painful years later, and with abstinence, she gained heartbreaking insight into how her illness harmed her children and husband.
Addiction leaves its imprint on families, and recovery also does. There is hope and healing for the entire family in recovery.
During this engaging session of #MentalHealthMonday Margaret will help us learn:
- How addiction affects an entire family system
- Her personal story of experiencing addiction in a family
- Tools to navigate a loved one’s addiction and recovery
Monday, June 13 @ 11:00 am PST | 2:00pm EST
Grief is Love with Marisa Renee Lee
Marisa Renee Lee has an eye-popping resume: Harvard grad, Wall Street whiz kid, staffer in the Obama Administration (She worked on racial equity and small business affairs, and helped lead its My Brother’s Keeper campaign for young men/boys of color). That’s the story that her bio tells, in part… but starting at age 13, she was also on a very different journey– she was also one of the primary caretakers for her mother, who lived with multiple sclerosis for twelve years and breast cancer for four before passing away in 2008. Marisa was twenty-six then. She spent fully half of her life caring for her mom, while still a half-formed person herself. The waves of grief that flowed from that experience have shaped her in indelible ways.
In her debut book, Grief is Love, Marisa unspools the story of her life with grief in all of its strange, surprising manifestations, offering up what she’s learned as a sort of compass for others navigating loss. She also laments the difficulty of Black people to access the physical/psychological safety required to be emotionally vulnerable and therefore grieve in full. Marisa remains no stranger to grief: she lost her young cousin to COVID last year, and she and her husband experienced the loss of a much wanted pregnancy. Sifting through her emotions around these traumas — personal and collective, racial and familial — Marisa arrives at a powerful conclusion: grief is our expression of unrequited love for those we’ve lost.
During this engaging session of #MentalHealthMonday Marisa will help us learn:
- How grief is our expression of unrequited love for those we’ve lost.
- Why grief “stages” and “timelines” are not only inaccurate; they’re unhelpful.
- How being a black woman shapes her grief experience
Monday, June 6 @ 11:00 am PST | 2:00pm EST
Codependency: Why Others Are Sometimes So Much More Important Than Ourselves with Beverly Conyers
A lot of people are in relationships where they put their focus and energy outside of themselves and onto another person—often at the expense of their physical, mental and spiritual health. The thing is, it’s easy to fall into a codependent relationship without even knowing it. And codependent relationships are not exclusive to another person. We can be codependent with work, money, media, and more. And once we’re in codependence, it can start to seem natural, like the only way to be in a relationship is to be all tangled up in each other or in whatever is outside of us. We can come to believe that there aren’t any alternatives. But there are. With awareness and patience and practice, we can learn to transform codependence into healthier behaviors that improve relationships in all aspects of our life and lead to a stronger, more rewarding sense of self. This presentation will help us learn how.
During this engaging session of #MentalHealthMonday Beverly will help us learn:
- What is codependency?
- How does codependency develop?
- Why are Substance Use and Codependency Often Intertwined?
- How Can We Recover from Codependency and Create Healthier Relationships and a Stronger Self?
Monday, May 23 @ 11:00 am PST | 2:00pm EST
The 5 Stages of Healing with Jill Rathburn
Just as there is a progression of addiction, there is a progression of recovery. In fact, recovery is a healing journey that we actively participate in and influence. Our presenter, Jill Rathburn, has created a simple system called The 5 Stages of Healing to clearly show the steps involved in healing from an addiction (or any disease). Come and learn what stage you’re in, how to advance your healing journey, hear tips to overcome roadblocks, and develop a vision for your personal transformation.
During this engaging session of #MentalHealthMonday Jill will help us learn:
- How to advance our healing journey
- Tips to overcome roadblocks
- Develop a vision toward personal transformation
Monday, May 16 @ 11:00 am PST | 2:00pm EST
How Divorce, Addiction, & Abuse Helped Me Find My Power with Cam Kashani
We all have innate divine power and it’s up to us to learn how to use it. Cam Kashani, Award-Nominated Intuitive Coach and Inspirational Speaker focused on Divine Feminine Embodiment, leads women to their true, authentic, core power. We’re excited to have her with us on Mental Health Monday telling her story and sharing her tips with us.
During this engaging session of #MentalHealthMonday Cam will help us learn:
- How addiction, abuse, and divorce helped her find her power
- To embrace our deeply rooted power
- How to collectively shift our energy
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“The #MentalHealthMonday sessions have been a lifeline for me. I have a strong program of self-care in my recovery but was missing the educational component to better understand the “why” behind some of my behaviors and experiences, and the “how” to begin to heal and grow in a deeper way. I recently celebrated one year of abstinence-based recovery in July 2021 because of SHE RECOVERS. I am so grateful to hear the #MentalHealthMonday program will continue well into 2022.”
~ SR COMMUNITY MEMBER ~
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With Great Thanks
This series is made possible by Alkermes.
The SHE RECOVERS Foundation was awarded funding in 2021 as part of the Alkermes Inspiration Grants® program to re-launch #MentalHealthMonday in the fall of 2021. This critical grant support will help us to continue delivering our innovative #MentalHealthMonday Educational series and better meet the increasingly diverse needs of our growing community. We are humbled, grateful, and invigorated by this honor.