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Friday Morning Live with Mary Videos

Mindfulness and Squirrels

In this very special Friday Morning Live, Mary and her special guest, Sarah Jensen, discuss another aspect of dealing with trauma, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) or mindfulness. DBT is a cognitive behavioral treatment that can be used to help with trauma recovery. They discuss being in the moment, finding your calm amongst the hustle and bustle of your day. Learn more with these two wonderful ladies about how to achieve mindfulness during your day.

Facebook Live, July 20, 2018

It Was Never You


Mary wants to discuss trauma and your pathway to healing from it. She has an important message for you, “It was never you.” Regardless of how trauma arrived in your life, it was always about the group or individual that inflicted this trauma onto you. They did this to you. Remember you are worth your recovery. Never give up- there’s more healing coming. Love more, heal more, and stay strong.

Facebook Live, July 13, 2018

Recovery From Many Pathways

This week Mary discusses one of the SAMHSA Guiding Principles: that recovery occurs via many pathways. Individuals are unique with different needs and strengths. Your pathway to recovery will be different than others. Expecting the same recovery path from everyone is not wise, and when we are where we are supposed to be we will flourish. Have the courage to forge ahead along your own recovery path.

Facebook Live, June 29, 2018

Perfectly Imperfect – By Design!

Mary wants to talk about self acceptance, dependence, and self reliance. She discusses on how during her own recovery she felt she needed to be healed from being herself, but she wants to remind you that you are important and who you are is by design. Take a note from Mary rejection of self is not needed for recovery- hope for more, love more, reflect more, and accept yourself more.

Facebook Live, June 22, 2018

Touchstone Moments

Mary’s in Hawaii working with Naval Suicide Prevention. This week she discusses how important and special it is to acknowledge your successes and accomplishments in your own life and recovery. Forward movement, growth, and hope always.

Facebook Live, June 15, 2018

Let’s All Stay Alive, Shall We?

In this video, Mary talks about suicide, its prevention, and recovery. Everyone has a role in suicide prevention. Please take moment to watch this frank discussion about suicide how you can help. Remember the suicide prevention hotline is for everyone (those that are thinking about suicide or those that want to help).

Suicide Hotline: Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text 741741.

Facebook LIve, June 8, 2018

What is Success? Who Said So?

Mary ponders what true success is versus what we think success should be. Is it perfection or is it acceptance of self? Can you be successful if you are denying who you are? Mary goes on to discuss success in recovery and what that might mean. Watch, learn and, as always, keep your hope alive.

Facebook Live June 1, 2018

Hope at Any Age

This is a very special Friday Morning Live because Mary is out-of-town in Ohio getting to discuss Hope with her own father. Hear them discuss how Hope, faith and peer support can help with so much in life. Learn more, connect more, hope more.

Facebook Live, March 25, 2018

Determination Defined

Mary visits Bremerton, Washington to talk how to provide an assist workshop. She gets into a discussion with people from the coast guard, former marines, and civilians about determination and how to fuel it. Part 2/2.

Facebook Live: May 18, 2018

Family As A Source of Strength

Recovery involves the strength and resources of individuals, families, and communities as a foundation for recovery. But what happens when you are the parent? Parenting while in recovery is tricky since you are still in your illness.How do you deal with your recovery and be a good parent? Learn more in this Mother’s Day Friday Morning Live cast.

Facebook Live May 11, 2018

Be You Bravely

Mary and her special guest, Stephanie, discuss how to be yourself and appreciate who you are as an individual. Remember you can’t see beyond what people are showing you. Make sure to always reach out for help, set boundaries, don’t over help, and never long to be anyone else but you. Stay hopeful!

Facebook Live May 4, 2018

Blog Posts by Mary

Who are we and how do we know?

So, today I gave a talk to some good people in Vancouver Washington to kick off the Employment as a Recovery Tool conference they’re having. There are lots of displays and workshops.  I was the keynote speaker and was told to “do the thing I do about roles” and “be...

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Ask About Suicide, Already!

Is it really OK to ask about suicide?  Really?  YES!  ASK Already. People thinking of suicide are conflicted and in a lot of pain.  They want to talk about the situation, but they don’t know if you want to hear it.  They send off warning signs sometimes knowingly,...

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I’m all in!

One of the things about being the spokesperson for HOPE, is that I am continually looking for ways to say "Look! There it is!" Sometimes, it's hard for me. Sometime I want to post "meh" and go back to bed, or worse, I want to point out the negative and become caustic...

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