Episode 381: CASTMWUP: Andrea Owen and Amy E. Smith talk about Mental Health, Getting Support, and Friendship
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Joining me to discuss mental health, as well as, my journey through somatic therapy is my dearest friend, Amy Smith. This isn’t an expert-on-expert episode; instead, it’s two friends talking about a topic from a place of curiosity.
Here’s some background as to why I wanted to bring you this episode: Last week, Mia Hemstad joined me on the podcast (episode 380). She vulnerably shared the story of her suicidal ideation and major depressive disorder. And, I shared a little bit about my journey too. I wanted to share more of my story, so I decided, this week, to bring you a Conversation About Shit That Matters with Unqualified People.
In this episode you’ll hear:
- My breaking point - what led me to a point of complete anxiety and terror. (7:16)
- About my FaceTime call to Amy, where I opened up about thoughts of suicide ideation. (7:31)
- How having a friend there to listen, comforted me. (17:03)
- Amy’s experience being on the other end of that phone call and how she was able to compartmentalize what was happening. (18:23)
- My somatic therapy journey and how it helped me work through trauma. (26:24)
- Some thoughts about being supportive to a friend going through a mental crisis. (49:14)