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Checkin’ Behind The Smile



In aid of the Mental Health Charity MIND  the “Behind The Smile” Art Exhibition  was born from the mind and paintbrushes of Artist Toby Brown. This week’s guest.

Toby, with his own mental health struggles and journey, decided to help open the conversation with his most valuable tool. His most valuable therapy. His art.

It all started with his own self portraits while he was in the depths of psychosis. Soon “Behind the Smile” portraits extended to friends, family, celebrities, and political figures. Breaking the stigma surrounding Mental Health  & Mental Health Conditions by each shedding their own masks. Its quite amazing the effects, when even one person grants us permission to see what is behind their smile. It shows us we are not alone in our struggle, that there is no shame, and that we are all stronger together in that.

Make sure to follow Toby Brown on Instagram. Get your daily dose of his work, his genius, and feel a little less alone with whatever you are struggling with. https://www.instagram.com/tobybrownartist/

Learn more about Toby on his website: https://www.tobybrownartist.com/


Checkin’ Religious Trauma Recovery



Religious Trauma Syndrome is a result of both the chronic abuses of extremist religions and the impact of severing one’s connection with one’s faith and faith community. It can be compared to a combination of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)  and Complex PTSD (C-PTSD) .

My guest today, Andrew Jasko, was formerly a Pentecostal Christian minister and missionary to India. Although religious faith was his life’s passion, Andrew suffered from anxiety, depression, and guilt about sexuality. He left his religion after realizing that biblical teachings were the cause of his distress. Andrew has gone on his healing journey and survived. Now he combines his current studies of psychology with religion from the perspective of trauma and is helping others on their journey.

You can learn more about Andrew and his work at https://lifeafterdogma.org/

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Checkin’ Perceptions with Guest Lawson Patterson



The word “healing” when it comes to Mental Health, is a bit misleading to me. Especially if you look at it in terms of our physical health. We think of a wound being smoothed over. We think, two pieces being mended back together. I’ve started to look at healing differently now.

I look at my growth and my healing as one thing. If I don’t keep opening up I’m not growing, and if I am not growing I am not healing. The more closed off to anything I am, the more I choose to form walls and boxes around me and my thinking. We might think particular boxes or walls are small and insignificant. They are not. However, we walk our path with opening those spaces and claiming them.

Thats what I talked about in this week’s episode with Spiritualist, Medium and Healer Lawson Patterson.

You can learn more about Lawson Patterson and his work at: https://meditate2connect.com/

You can also keep up to date with him at https://twitter.com/Reflective_Soul

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