The Lived Experience

June 20, 2019
Hosted by Sean Perry

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On this episode of We R H.O.P.E. Breaking The Stigma Through Change. We will be speaking with Oryx Cohen. He's the Chief Operating Officer of The National Empowerment Center and the Co-Founder of The Freedom Center. Oryx will discuss his lived experience, Emotional CPR , Mental Health, Trauma and Extreme states. Oryx will also discuss survivors of Psychiatry and the documentary Healing Voices that he not only stared in but co-produced. Oryx’s love, compassion and empathy to share the message of hope through his lived experience is unmatched. He brings a unique perspective to mental illness but more importantly solutions and real supports.

We R H.O.P.E. : Breaking the stigma through Change with Co-Founder Sean Perry

We R H.O.P.E. : Breaking the stigma through Change with Co-Founder Sean Perry

Thursday at 12 Noon Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel

We R H.O.P.E. is a show about changing the culture surrounding mental illness and how we, as a society view it and have access to supports. We R H.O.P.E. challenges the status quo and engages you in the discussions. You hear the conversations no one wants to have, that makes people think outside the box and educate those who thought they were educated.

With We R H.O.P.E., listeners are never alone. Mental illness has reached an all-time high in this country. It is being listed as a public health crisis and a stand needs to be taken. We, R people who want to help you, support you and listen to you. Join us in breaking the stigma through change. Listen live every Thursday at 12 Noon Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel.

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Sean Perry

Sean Perry

Sean Perry is the President and Co-Founder of We R H.O.P.E. Sean has two decades of coaching experience and working with youth. He’s a certified Life Coach, Cognitive Behavioral Coach, Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Specialist/ instructor, certified in Childhood Trauma and is an Exposure Response Prevention Specialist. As of late Sean is trained to train staff in the Signs of Suicide Prevention Program. He also has been trained in collaborative problem solving.

Sean has spent the last several years in the Human Service/Mental Health field. Sean saw a huge gap in the mental health industry while working in the private residential setting. He noticed that it was more about the have and the have nots then anyone would like to admit. This lack of equality pushed Sean to create We R H.O.P.E. Inc. with a colleague. While operating We R H.O.P.E., Sean was simultaneously the Program Manager at a residential treatment center for boys with severe trauma. He has since resigned to focus all of his energy on We R H.O.P.E. Sean hopes to create change in the public schools by bringing support at a much younger age and breaking the stigma of mental illness.

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