From Survivor to Thriver w/ Erik DaRosa & Marc Fernandes

November 23, 2021
Hosted by Chris Meek

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Erik DaRosa and Marc Fernandes, hosts of the From Survivor to Thriver podcast, aim to shatter the stigma long associated with speaking out and speaking up about mental health issues without desensitization. In their efforts to disrupt discussions surrounding mental health and wellness, Erik and Marc stop by Next Steps Forward to speak with program host Chris Meek about normalizing those discussions, especially among men, and helping drive home the point that it is okay for people to have those sometimes tough conversations with those they trust, whether its a sibling, parent, cousin, coworker or friend. They also speak to the importance of asking questions within the mental health space. In addition, they will speak in-depth about their podcast and the voice it gives to the survivor to thriver movement, as well as their aim to build a community of those who feel comfortable and able to share their stories in order to help listeners, some of whom may not already have a voice, so that they too can feel as though they are not alone.

Next Steps Forward

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Personal empowerment, commitment to our own well-being and the motivation to achieve more than we ever thought possible are the ingredients of a better life. And, they’re all within our reach. Next Steps Forward with Chris Meek delves into each aspect of the three keys that add energy, excitement, direction and purpose to everything that we do.

Each week, Chris hosts leaders from the worlds of business, sports, entertainment, medicine, politics and public policy as they engage in thought-provoking discussions to help us all take the next step forward on our own journeys to our better selves and greater service to others. Next Steps Forward with Chris Meek is an informative, uplifting hour every Tuesday at 1 PM Eastern Time and 10 AM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel that’s certain to inspire you to take that important next step forward, too.

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Chris Meek

Chris Meek

Chris Meek believes in the American spirit of individual empowerment and service to others, especially those who have sacrificed for our freedoms. As someone who lived through the horrors of Ground Zero on 9/11, Chris had no way home but to join others as they put one foot in front of the other to make their way forward. Since that day, Chris has committed himself to empowering and motivating fellow Americans to keep taking steps forward, no matter what life throws their way.

Chris has spent the last decade serving as the co-founder and chairman of the national nonprofit SoldierStrong, which is dedicated to helping military veterans take their next steps forward. SoldierStrong carries out its mission by providing revolutionary medical technology to VA medical centers, including exoskeleton suits to help paralyzed veterans walk again and virtual reality equipment to help treat post-traumatic stress.

He also serves as an advisor on the President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS) task force. In this role, he shares a responsibility to raise awareness about mental health, facilitate research and define a plan to prevent suicide. In 2020, Chris launched ReachStrong, a nonprofit aimed at empowering all Americans to care for their overall well-being. Chris is also a financial services executive at S and P Global, Inc, in New York City. He and his wife, Christine, have three children.

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Episode Directory

November 2021

  • 11/23/2021: From Survivor to Thriver w/ Erik DaRosa & Marc Fernandes Listen Now
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