Rank #1: 10 Matt Shyman
Matt Shyman has been through many battles in his life, from being diagnosed with depression to being diagnosed with cancer, his radical acceptance and resilience is something to be admired. When you hear him tell a story, you can’t help but listen and his “cartoon character” like charisma made for a really special interview. Editing this weeks podcast is another special man, Peter Esposito. A longtime listener with a heart of gold and keen ear for content, “Pops” provided a special perspective as this week's guest producer and host.
Rank #2: 03 Self Mutilators Anonymous
SMA stands for Self Mutilators Anonymous, a 12-step program designed to help those who turn to self harm (NSSI, non-suicidal self injury) as a coping mechanism and consider it an addiction. This week we bring you into a meeting to hear 5 different "qualifications" of SMA members. A qualification is essentially a brief history of their lives and how they got to SMA. We hope you listen with intent and compassion, millions of people in the United States use 12-step programs to cope with a variety of struggles but this SMA meeting is 1 of only 3 in the country (1 in New York, 2 in California) despite the program being started by James McLaughlin and Shelly in 1986. They're also the only self harm support group that we know of in the world. Thank you to James McLaughlin, Amanda Beausoleil, Garrett Allen, Liz and Sarah for shining a light on this cause.
Meeting Begins (2:12)
Closing Statement (1:05:04)
SMA Website: http://www.selfmutilatorsanonymous.org/home.html
Guests: James McLaughlin, Amanda Beausoleil, Garrett Allen, Liz and SarahHost: John TessitoreEditor: Mike EspositoProducers: John Tessitore, Mike EspositoMusicians: L.Farber, TaiCheeba, JaōPhotographer: Dominick Frabizio
Rank #3: 06 Liana Rosenman and Eating Disorder Awareness Week
This week on #collectedlayers we talk with the co-founder of Project Heal, Liana Rosenman. Tomorrow marks the beginning of Eating Disorder Awareness Week and we are so honored to have Liana on this episode. When Liana first struggled with her eating disorder, it happened almost silently. It took a family friend (who had struggled herself) to connect the dots for Liana before she finally started getting the help she needed. This is a common theme as 70 percent of people who suffer from an eating disorder don't get treatment. It's a disorder that often is greeted with confusion and silence. She used her experience to create Project Heal while still in High School to provide hope to others suffering.
Guests: Liana RosenmanHost: John TessitoreEditor: Mike EspositoProducers: John Tessitore, Mike EspositoMusicians: Bobby Davis, TaiCheeba, JaōPhotographer: Unknown
Rank #4: 09 A Tribute to John Kelly
Today would have been John Kelly's 33rd birthday. We've decided to make it a yearly tradition at the JCK Foundation to honor his memory by re-airing the podcast we created in 2018 in his honor. This episode is John’s story told by friends, family members, and acquaintances. We share their memories of him to show the world who John Kelly was and why his legacy will never die. Sit back, relax, and enjoy learning about the legend that is John Cleaver Kelly.
More stories of John >> JCKFoundation.org/johnkelly
Rank #5: 02 Tom Berry and optimism vs. realism
Tom Berry and his partner, CJ Mena, join John and Mike to map out the commonalities between epilepsy and mental health. Tom talks about growing up with John Kelly and the day he learned of his passing in 2011. John and Mike use the last half of the episode to debate optimism vs. realism. Listen exclusively on our website. We're now available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Spotify.
Guests: Tom Berry, CJ MenaHost: John TessitoreEditor: Mike EspositoProducers: John Tessitore, Mike EspositoMusicians: L.Farber, TaiCheeba, JaōPhotographer: Unknown
Rank #6: JCK News vol. 2
Enjoy the introduction to The Legends Program!
Rank #7: John Tessitore reads "I Hope You Have a Friend with OCD" by Mike Esposito
Director of the JCK Foundation, Mike Esposito, writes about what it means to have a friend like John with lived experience and how that helped push him through a tough time in his own life. We're now available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Spotify.
Writer: Mike EspositoPhotographer: Ron Tu — Punta del Diablo, Uruguay
Rank #8: Anthony Rizzo reads "Break the Stigma"
Writer: Anthony RizzoEditor: Mike EspositoReader: John TessitoreProducer: Mike EspositoPhotographer: Mike Esposito
Rank #9: Joseph's Corner - Ch. 4 - Harmony
Harmony, harmony, harmony…. This word replayed on a figurative loop in my head after I release my second book Letters to the Universe. I had noticed a trend in my writing. I would get really frustrated, irritated, and overwhelmed at the beginning of starting the first 2 books. I would then feel this need to spill my frustrations onto paper. After the first 10 to 20 poems I would start to feel a little better. Still anxious, still overwhelmed, but somehow a little better than before. Then for the final 100+ pages of the writing process I could somewhat enjoy it without feeling like I was caught somewhere between the tidal wave and its undertow. Stuck in the foam with just enough air to choke. I was now treading water, but damn, I wanted to float.
Why was one of my favorite things causing me so much stress? Was this a microcosm of my life? Did life need to be stressful? Does a job need to be difficult and boring? Does a relationship need to be dramatic and psychologically devastating? I had all of these questions and the answer seemed pretty plain to see. No. Could I teach myself how to separate myself and my life from the status quo?
Life is supposed to be filled with peace, grace, joy, fun, contentment, and ease. I needed to find my Harmony. So I wrote until it made sense to me.
Rank #10: 11 Joseph Fusaro's Life Story, part 1
It's tough to fit Joseph Fusaro into a description. We recorded a 2.5 hour interview with him last summer where we recorded his life story, mostly in chronological order. We split this episode into 2 parts to capture the serious ups and downs he's had with manic depression and the myriad of other struggles he faced tangentially. You've also heard Joseph on our blog the last few weeks, he's a prolific writer and hosts a podcast himself called Hysteria Radio, where he talks about the connections between art, creativity and mental health. Check back in next week for Part 2.