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Mental Health Awareness Month Specials Airing On KOSU

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In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, KOSU is featuring several hours of special radio programs from Safe Space Radio during our Sunday matinée slot in May.

Sunday, May 9 at 3 p.m.
Profiles in Mental Health and Courage

Courage is the choice to act even when we feel afraid. It forces us to confront fear, shame, and stigma—and to feel our own strength. Profiles in Mental Health and Courage is about how accessing our own courage also supports our mental health and well-being, exploring the experience of living with mental illness—such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and borderline personality disorder—as a kind of “courage boot camp.” We also discuss how culturally-imposed silence can enforce shame and make accessing our courage much more difficult. Safe Space Radio combines compelling storytelling with practical expert guidance to give you the tools you need to start finding your own courage.

Sunday, May 23 at 3 p.m.
Saying Goodbye

Saying Goodbye is an hour-long show is about the mental health benefits and challenges of saying a good goodbye at the end of life. Through stories, we explore different facets of goodbyes, including why so many of us avoid saying goodbye even in the most life-changing moments. We also discuss how initiating a goodbye conversation can make us more emotionally resilient long-term. We combine compelling storytelling with practical expert guidance to give you the tools you need to start your own difficult conversations.

Sunday, May 30 at 3 p.m.
From Violence to Voice

The experience of violence is shaped by shame and silence. In From Violence to Voice, we’ll hear stories about how silence and shame define the experience of violence for everyone involved: the victim, the perpetrator and the bystander, with a special focus on white bystanders and racist violence. We explore how violence is dehumanizing, and leads survivors to blame themselves. We also hear about the forces that make it difficult for victims and bystanders to speak up. This hour-long show is about the power of overcoming shame and silence by telling the truth about violence. Through compelling stories and expert reflection, we explore how finding voice and bearing witness can become part of recovery for both individuals and communities.

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