Have you ever had a vision for something? Something that could be a huge benefit to countless lives, and you thought to yourself…”man the world needs something like this, I need something like this”.
So you start planning it out in your head and thinking about how great it could be; and before you know it the task seems completely overwhelming and you start to feel like there’s no way you could pull this off. “You tell yourself that you don’t have the resources, or the connections, or the money, or the talent to make this dream a reality”, and almost as quickly as it comes into your head, it’s gone. Just saying those words now brings back a lot of memories…
I remember back when I first started blogging about my healing journey. I had no idea if it would ever catch on, or if it was ever going to be read by anyone. Honestly in the beginning, it wasn’t about how many people were going to read it, it was about me getting my story out there to help end my own silence. I had to somehow get all of this “survivor stuff” out of my head and give it a voice. After all, it had been silent for decades, pushed to the bottom of the closet in my mind, laying under piles of boxes and old shoes, stuffed away. Out of sight, out of mind.
To this day, I write and podcast because it’s a great coping skill for me, because I enjoy it, and because it helps others as much as it helps me. I’ve always said that if my writing or podcasting helps even one person, everything was worth it!
Until one day I decided that enough was enough, all this junk had to be unburied and brought out into the open; if for no other reason than I had to get some answers. I had to find out if these memories of a traumatic past were really affecting my life in the ways that I had heard other people’s past was. It was time to give my past a voice, and come out of the darkness and silence.
Since then, the blog has become a platform to give a voice to those who also live in the wake of a traumatic past, but no longer want to live in the silence. Using your voice is healing, however you choose to do it, not only for you but for others. That’s exactly what my guest on this episode of the podcast is doing, using her voice…
Kristin Sunanta Walker is the CEO of the technology consulting firm, everythingEHR, and the founder of the Mental Health News Radio Network. She’s also a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, and an advocate for survivors of childhood trauma. She has interviewed leaders in the behavioral health community such as CEO’s of technology companies, counselors, best-selling authors, and global experts in the field of Behavioral Health. Her show is downloaded in over 171 countries and continues its reach with inspiring guests from every corner of the world.
Kristin is on the board of several organizations within Behavioral Health as well as the subject matter expert regarding EHR technology. Multiple strategic partnerships and speaking engagements about childhood sexual abuse, narcissism, and behavioral health technology keep her traveling schedule extremely full as well as being a sought after guest on other popular podcasts.
If that name sounds familiar, it’s because my podcast, Beyond Your Past, is also on the MHNR Network, and I thought it would be great to chat with my friend and amazing advocate, Kristin, so she could share her story of being a survivor, her struggles and triumphs along the way, and of course about how and why she started this amazing platform for mental health and advocacy podcasters.
Podcasting is something that Kristin is passionate about, and even though the MHNR Network now has over 20 active podcasts and many more waiting in the wings, it didn’t start out like that. It started with her having a vision of just needing to get her story out there, to start talking about not only her past and the things that she struggles with, but to shed light on advocacy as a whole. She knew that she had to start talking about it; silence was no longer an option.
So she got a mic and started her own podcast, talking to anyone and everyone who would want to share. Over time and utilizing her connections in the business world, her own “1 woman show” blossomed into the MHNR Network. A place to give her a past, and healing, a voice, and where other people who had a similar vision could come together with a common goal of Advocacy.
During our chat, we cover several topics in a very open, vulnerable conversation:
- How old were you when you were sexually abused?
- How did that make you view men?
- How has that affected your interpersonal relationships?
- What were the circumstances around you telling and how old were you?
- What people can you remember that helped you through this?
- How did your past of being a childhood trauma survivor inspire you to start MHNR?
- What is Mental Health After Dark?
It was a wonderful time chatting with my friend and fellow advocate, and I’m honored to share that with you now. I hope you’ll consider checking out her show, and as many of the other amazing podcasts on the network. It’s through using our voice, and sharing, that we can make a difference in our own journey of healing and in the lives of countless others.
Matthew Pappas, CLC
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This post and podcast is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice, mental health counseling, diagnosis, or treatment.