The Elephant in the Room

Photo by David Clode on Unsplash I am sure that anyone who has dealt with or is dealing with any form of chronic illness can relate it to having an elephant right there with them in a social situation. Even medical situations such as the hospital, doctor's office, etc. can produce stigma the size of a pachyderm. You …


I Wish You a Merry Podcast

On my 60th birthday, October 4, 2018, I was fortunate enough to be interviewed for a podcast on Christopher Snider’s show Just Talking.

We discussed my dealings with mental illness and how they have helped me become an advocate for others in understanding the illness and fighting the stigma that surrounds it even still.

The podcast was published on Christopher’s sight on December 25th, 2019. I hope you enjoy it. 

A note: the gravelly voice and pauses in my speech are parts of who I am thanks to my illnesses and what has happened as a result. 


Just Talking Podcast

Lydia Beier joins me for a conversation about living with depression and bipolar disorder, the challenges and opportunities that come with battling mental health stigma, and the value of starting a conversation to make a difference in people’s lives.

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Run Time – 26:58

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