Speaking Fearlessly Always

Discover the Path to Fearless Expression as I reflect and grow from my work in the fields of Lived Experience and Suicide Prevention.

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Words have great power.  They can heal, uplift, and inspire but also harm, marginalize, and stigmatize.  So, what is safe language?  Safe language means using words and phrases that do […]
Yesterday, I posted about how when we are profiting from using another person’s lived experience story, we should be compensating those individuals too.  A lot of unfollows ensued.  I would […]
If you are profiting in any way from another person’s lived experience story, that person should be compensated. Media attention is not compensation.Name mentions are not compensation.Attribution is not compensation.Gift […]
I can’t recall how many times I’ve learned someone was convinced, “encouraged”, or even coerced to share their personal and often trauma-centered lived experiences. Oftentimes these individuals have made excuses […]
Not everyone understands isolating behaviors. I can say this from experience. It isn’t that we want to not care about anyone else, but sometimes we can’t even care about ourselves. […]
You have a right to agency. You can make the decisions about your health. You can take actions to maintain or improve it. You have a right to access information, […]
Empathic burnout can happen from extended exposure to the suffering of others. People in caring professions (nurses, social workers, therapists, etc.) constantly exposed to emotional pain and trauma often “take […]
Compassion is the real key to resilience. Self-compassion is treating oneself with kindness, understanding, and forgiveness, especially during difficult times. It is about recognizing that we all make mistakes. We […]
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