Blindsight

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Blindsight is an AINC original podcast. Each week, we will discuss the healing of the mind, body, and soul. Your host, Bill Lundgren will address mental health topics including addiction, depression, anxiety, and grief. This podcast will also discuss processing trauma and building healthy relationships. We will be answering your questions through conversations with industry experts to help you in your journey to health and mental wellbeing. read less
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Out of Sight, But Not Out of Mind: Ensuring Mental Health for the Blind
16-02-2024
Out of Sight, But Not Out of Mind: Ensuring Mental Health for the Blind
Understanding Mental Health and Disability: A Conversation with Lea Gaffen-Kessel In this episode of 'BlindSight', host Bill Lundgren engages in a comprehensive discussion with guest, Lea Gaffen-Kessel, who shares her experiences dealing with blindness and the journey towards becoming a social worker. They highlight the importance of mental health, and refute societal stereotypes surrounding disabilities. They also delve into the challenges faced by visually impaired individuals in their professional and personal lives, including negative stigma, social isolation, and the struggle for accessibility in various sectors. The conversation emphasizes the necessity of being assertive, not aggressive, to break barriers and normalize disabilities. It ends with encouragement for those with disabilities who might need mental health support to seek help, shedding the shame associated with it. If you would like to follow along with the transcript of this episode, please click on the link below. https://share.descript.com/view/3lq3bMp0KWn 00:00 Introduction to BlindSight 00:20 Welcome to the Show and Introduction of Guest 00:59 Discussing the Challenges of Marketing to Optometrists 02:21 The Struggles of Networking and Outreach 03:42 Overcoming Prejudices and Misconceptions 05:22 The Importance of Assertiveness and Confidence 06:21 Addressing Internal Prejudices and Limiting Beliefs 06:31 Challenging Limitations and Encouraging Risk-Taking 08:48 The Future of Accessibility and Independence 10:33 The Struggles and Triumphs of Being a Social Worker with Vision Impairment 11:04 The Power of Technology in Enhancing Accessibility 13:33 The Role of Support Groups and Technology in Overcoming Isolation 14:36 The Importance of Mental Health Support 14:56 The Impact of Assertiveness and Confidence on Quality of Life 25:18 The Importance of Assertiveness in Achieving Accessibility 28:53 The Struggles and Triumphs of Being a Therapist with Vision Impairment 32:16 The Importance of Mental Health Support for People with Disabilities 44:25 Conclusion and Farewell Thank you for listening to this episode of Blindsight. If you enjoyed this episode, please like and share it with everyone you come in contact with. If you have any questions or comments, we would love to hear them, and you can contact us at feedback at after sight.org or give us a call at 720-712-8856.
Unseen Strength: Conquering Mental Health in the Dark
03-02-2024
Unseen Strength: Conquering Mental Health in the Dark
Mental Health and Blindness Feat. Lea Gaffen-Kessel Welcome to the inaugural episode of Blindsight, a podcast focused on addressing mental health, especially in the context of blindness. Hosted by Bill Lundgren, the episode kicks off with essential announcements regarding the change of the show's sponsorship agency to Aftersight. Our guest today is Lea Gaffen-Kessel, a clinical social worker with vast experience in dealing with vision-related health issues and mental health. Lea shares personal anecdotes about her vision deterioration due to retinitis pigmentosa, her dealings with anxiety and depression as a result, and how she learned to cope with the changes in her life. The discussion extends to the need for mental health support for the visually impaired, the importance of adapting and accepting the changes that come with vision loss. Make sure to send in your feedback at feedback@aftersight.org or call us at 720 712 8856. Stay tuned for Part 2 of this enlightening discussion next week. To follow along with a transcript of this show, please click on the link below https://share.descript.com/view/J3EDT2o9Hn6 00:02 Introduction to Blindsight 00:20 Welcome to the Show and Announcements 01:42 Introducing the Guest: Lea Gaffen-Kessel 02:14 Lea's Journey with Vision Loss and Mental Health 04:06 The Intersection of Mental Health and Vision Loss 07:56 The Challenges of Being Blind in the Mental Health Community 12:35 Lea's Personal Struggles and Coping Mechanisms 22:23 The Impact of Acceptance and Adaptation 30:36 Lea's Support Group and Future Plans 32:39 Closing Remarks and Contact Information Thank you for checking out our show. Please like and share your comments about this show or any of our other shows. Have a great week!
Empowering Disability through Life Coaching
26-01-2024
Empowering Disability through Life Coaching
Empowerment through Mindfulness with Charlie Kramer | Blindsight Podcast Would you like to share a special message with someone in your life? Leave them a shout-out by visiting www.aftersight.org/shoutout To have your message appear on the episode of your choice. Use the promo code LOVE and receive 50% off your purchase. In this enlightening episode of Blindsight, the host thoroughly discusses the importance of mental health, particularly in the disabled community. Renowned disability life coach Charlie Kramer shares how he empowers people with disabilities by teaching them to harness their internal capacity to thrive in life. He elaborates on the importance of self-belief and talks about his journey and the challenges he overcame. Charlie also shares his pragmatic approach to dealing with societal prejudices and the transformative power of seeing disabilities as a source of strength rather than a hindrance. This episode encourages listeners to acknowledge their limits while leveraging opportunities for growth and change. If you would like to follow along with a transcript of this episode, please click on the link below. https://share.descript.com/view/ndODMlDgTVh 00:02 Introduction and Welcome 01:35 Understanding the Role of a Life Coach 02:20 The Difference Between a Life Coach and a Psychotherapist 05:19 The Importance of Community in Disability 06:54 The Journey to Self-Acceptance and Normalizing Disability 09:46 The Role of Confidence in Job Seeking 13:21 The Power of Communication in Seeking Accommodations 16:58 Overcoming Fear of Failure and Embracing Risk 23:07 Exploring Different Paths: Guide Dog vs Cane 25:11 Understanding Internalized Ableism 26:28 Coaching for All Ages: The Importance of Willingness 27:50 Parenting and Disability: The Need for Change 29:20 Creating Change: Individual vs Societal Level 31:47 The Power of Self-Belief and Acceptance 40:48 Contacting Charlie Kramer for Coaching 42:00 Closing Remarks and Future Plans To hear more about Charlie and his services, please reach out at https://www.charliekramervision.com/ If you enjoyed this episode of Blindsight, please give us a review, as this helps spread the word to all of your friends and family and help them with their blindness journey. If you would like to ask Bill a question, you can email us at feedback@aftersite.org or call us at 720-712-8856.
Safety Positive: Unveiling Personal Safety Needs of the Blind
19-01-2024
Safety Positive: Unveiling Personal Safety Needs of the Blind
Blindsight - Episode on Mental Health, Personal Safety & Sexual Abuse Leave a shout-out for somebody you love, or for somebody who is going through a difficult time or somebody who just celebrated a special event by using promo code, LOVE to get 50% off. This shout-out will be broadcast on the show of your choice, to the person of your choice. Visit www.aftersight.org/shoutout for more info and to purchase your shoutout. In this episode of Blindsight, Bill Lundgren and Amy Wilson discuss the importance of mental health, personal safety, and confronting the dire issue of sexual abuse within the blind community. Amy recounts her personal journey towards self-advocacy and empowerment, discussing her non-profit organization, Safety Positive Foundation. Their main goal is to address gaps in personal safety training for the blind community, offering a variety of tools and resources beyond martial arts training. Amy unveils their upcoming offering, a safety positive guide, a subscription guide providing 24/7 access to personal safety training and resources. Despite her painful experience, Amy pushes for a proactive, choice-driven approach to personal safety, with the ultimate tool being one's own mind. Viewer discretion advised due to the discussion of sexual abuse. If you would like to follow along with a transcription of this episode, please click the link below. https://share.descript.com/view/CEqbztKbiQy 00:02 Introduction and Welcome 00:58 Important Announcements and Updates 02:49 Introducing Guest: Amy Wilson 03:37 Amy's Journey and the Birth of Safety Positive Foundation 07:48 Experiences with Abuse 17:40 The Importance of Self-Advocacy and Assertive Communication 19:26 The Reality of Abuse in the Blind Community 30:52 The Role of Mindset in Personal Safety 34:00 Safety Positive's Training Programs and Offerings 40:49 Contact Information and Closing Remarks Thank you for listening to this episode of Blindsight. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at feedback@aftersight.org or call us at 720-712-8856. We hope you enjoyed the episode and we look forward to seeing you next week.
Unlocking Resilience: A Guide to Achieving Your Goals
12-01-2024
Unlocking Resilience: A Guide to Achieving Your Goals
Blindsight: Setting Effective Resolutions and Goals for Mental Health In this episode of Blindsight, host Bill Lundgren and producer Jonathan Price discuss how resolution-setting around the New Year can often lead to feelings of shame and failure. They explore alternative approaches to traditional goal setting, like focusing on thematic words for the year ahead. Jonathan shares his words for the year, 'pressure', 'perseverance', and 'faith', and explains how they guide his actions and mindset. They also underline the importance of considering emotional wellbeing when setting goals and encourage listeners to simplify their aims, think through potential barriers, and approach each goal mindfully. The duo also emphasizes the value of self-accountability and the role of supportive relationships in achieving individual goals. If you would like to follow along with a transcript of this show please click on the link below. https://share.descript.com/view/Zxu69L6QU0r 00:02 Introduction and Welcome 00:28 Discussing New Year Resolutions 01:11 Jonathan's Unique Approach to Resolutions 02:07 Jonathan's Three Words for the Year 05:35 The Importance of Emotional Health in Resolutions 07:00 The Role of Pressure in Achieving Goals 07:20 The Importance of Planning and Understanding Goals 12:50 The Pitfalls of Unrealistic Goals 20:45 The Power of Simplifying Goals 28:32 The Role of Accountability in Achieving Goals 30:31 Conclusion and Contact Information Thank you for listening to blindsight. If you have questions or feedback, please contact up using the methods below. Have a great week and we'll chat with you soon! Feedback@afersight.org (720) 712-8856
Body Image Issues
22-12-2023
Body Image Issues
Empowering Talks with Bill Lundgren: Mental Health, Body Image, Self-Acceptance, and More In this episode of Blindsight, hosts Bill Lundgren and Jonathan Price delve deep into the topics of body image, body responses, and mental health. They discuss the importance of being comfortable with your body, shedding light on the misconceptions and misinformation about body image. Bill shares his experience with healing from an ear problem that affected his ability to podcast, illustrating how physical health can influence mental health and vice versa. They further examine the concept of changing your mindset to change your body and the quality of life. This episode serves as a helpful guide to accept and respect each one's own uniqueness, encouraging listeners to befriend their bodies and minds. If you would like to follow along with a transcript of this episode, please click on the link below. https://share.descript.com/view/0AIkf72HkPS 00:02 Introduction and Welcome 00:59 Rebranding Announcement and New Year Wishes 02:03 Personal Health Story: Ear Issues 05:37 Discussion on Body Image and Self-Awareness 08:01 The Importance of Posture and Body Language 11:06 The Impact of Technology on Body Image 12:33 Tips for Dressing Well and Color Coordination 16:56 The Role of Attitude and Humor in Self-Presentation 31:44 The Importance of Health Choices and Exercise 35:56 Conclusion and Contact Information If you would like to get a hold of the show, please email us at feedback@aincolorado.org or call us at (720) 712-8856.
Six Pillars with Ed Henkler
19-12-2023
Six Pillars with Ed Henkler
Navigating Life with Vision Loss: A Deep Dive with Expert Ed Henkler In this enlightening episode of the AINC original podcast, Kim Wardlow talks with Ed Henkler, the author of 'The Blind Guide'. Ed shares his mother's inspiring journey dealing with vision loss, and talks about the 'six levels of thriving' for people experiencing vision loss. Ed dives deep into various technological advancements and discusses how these can help anyone with vision loss lead an independent and fulfilling life. The conversation also covers resources for employers considering hiring differently abled individuals, and details the benefits they would offer to the business. Ed's key message is about fostering a thriving mindset and remembering that help is readily available, and he encourages listeners to reach out if they need support. To follow along with a transcript of this show, please visit the link below https://share.descript.com/view/xIrq56e8Wql 00:09 Introduction to the Podcast 00:32 Appreciation for Support and Donations 01:11 Introduction to the Episode's Guest 01:22 Discussion on Thriving with Vision Loss 01:53 Understanding the Six Levels of Thriving 04:28 Exploring the Journey of Vision Loss 05:49 The Role of Resilience in Overcoming Vision Loss 06:12 Progressive Stages of Thriving 06:54 The Impact of Vision Loss on Employment 12:32 The Potential of Technology in Assisting Vision Loss 12:35 The Importance of Hiring People with Vision Loss 22:24 The Evolution and Revolution of Technology for Vision Loss 30:06 Closing Thoughts and Encouragement Thank you for listening to this episode of Navigating life with vision Loss. If you would like to reach out and have a comment or feedback for the show, you can email us at feedback@aincolorado.org or call us at (720) 712-8856. Have a wonderful week!
What I Didn't Know About Blindness
15-12-2023
What I Didn't Know About Blindness
A Deeper Look into Blindness with Andrew Leland, Author of 'The Country of the Blind: A Journey into Blindness' Join us on Blindsight as host Bill Lundgren converses with talented author Andrew Leland. They discuss Andrew's book 'The Country of the Blind: A Journey into Blindness', an illuminating read covering various aspects of blindness. The conversation touches upon the different experiences of those with congenital blindness versus those who lose their vision later in life. Andrew shares his own journey with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) and how it inspired him to delve into the overlooked areas of the history of blindness. Their conversation also explores the adjustment process that families go through, focusing on how Andrew's own wife coped with his deteriorating vision. Tune in as they discuss mental health, interdependence, discrimination, and how being blind can add character to one's life. If you would like to follow along with a transcript of this show, please click on the link below. https://share.descript.com/view/u0zGGq2oGw7 00:00 Introduction and Welcome 00:29 Introducing the Andrew and His Book 01:36 Discussing the Impact 01:43 Exploring the Diversity of Blind Experiences 03:07 The Challenges of Writing a Book 05:15 The Importance of Personal Experiences and Interactions 06:07 Understanding the Diversity of Blind Experiences 06:44 Discussing the Impact of Blindness on Relationships 07:34 Exploring the History and Training of Blind People 10:15 Discussing the Challenges and Adjustments of Blindness 12:39 The Importance of Independence and Interdependence 13:13 Discussing the Impact of Blindness on Writing 19:25 Understanding the Emotional Adjustment to Blindness 36:21 Discussing the Impact of Blindness on Relationships and Family 45:06 Conclusion and Farewell Thank you for listening to this episode of Blindsight. We hope you enjoyed it. If you would like to ask Bill a question, you can do so by emailing or calling us with the contact info below. We would love to hear from you. feedback@aincolorado.org (720) 712-8856 Have a wonderful day and a Merry Christmas.
The Elephant In the Room
08-12-2023
The Elephant In the Room
Navigating Holiday Gatherings with a Mental or Physical Disability In this episode of Blind Sight, hosted by Bill Lundgren with producer Jonathan Price, they delve into coping strategies for effectively participating in holiday affairs when encountering physical or mental health challenges. They begin by thanking donors for aiding in Colorado Gives Day, followed by discussing upcoming program changes and improved ways to connect with the team. The main focus of the conversation is navigating family and office gatherings when struggling with visible/invisible disabilities, recent ailments or diagnoses. They provide practical guidelines for understanding how to support others in such situations without causing discomfort or disrespect. They highlight the importance of having a sense of humor, facilitating open dialogs, seeking assistance when necessary, being your advocate, and giving others the space to adjust. If you would like to follow along with a transcript of this podcast, please click on the link below. https://share.descript.com/view/cMkZoL4KURv 00:00 Introduction and Welcome 00:46 Announcements and Updates 02:48 Feedback Line and Listener Engagement 04:47 Navigating Family Gatherings and Holidays 05:15 Addressing the 'Elephant in the Room' 05:55 Handling Political Differences and Other Sensitive Topics 07:12 Dealing with New Disabilities in Social Settings 12:10 Advocating for Yourself and Others 15:55 Communicating Effectively and Compassionately 28:43 Conclusion and Contact Information Thank you for listening to this episode of Blindsight. If you would like to have your questions answered, you can get a hold of us in two ways, by email at feedback@aincolorado.org or via phone by dialing (720) 712-8856.
Understanding and Coping with Depression and Emotional Health
01-12-2023
Understanding and Coping with Depression and Emotional Health
Understanding and Coping with Depression and Emotional Health In this episode of BlindSight, host Bill Lundgren and his co-host Jonathan Price, discuss the complexities of emotional health, focusing on understanding and dealing with depression, often heightened during the holiday season. They both emphasize the importance of self-awareness, intellectual insight, and emotional management. They stress that feelings such as sadness and anger can be valid as long as they're not turned into negativity. Suggested coping mechanisms include mindfulness techniques, physical activity, seeking professional help, and reevaluating one's own thoughts and perspectives. Bill and Jonathan also mention the importance of reaching out to helpful, positive-thinking individuals rather than those who validate negative emotions. Lastly, they caution against the use of alcohol due to its depressive properties. 00:02 Introduction to BlindSight 00:47 Fundraising and Contact Information 02:45 Holiday Plans and Family Gatherings 04:07 Understanding and Dealing with Holiday Blues 09:08 Coping Mechanisms and Personal Experiences 11:25 Understanding the Root of Depression 16:33 The Role of Feelings and Emotions 21:00 Cognitive Behavioral Thinking and Self-Reflection 23:27 The Importance of Surrounding Yourself with Positivity 28:20 The Role of Therapy and EMDR 38:27 Final Thoughts and Advice for the Holiday Season If you would like a transcription of this show please visit the link below https://share.descript.com/view/l0gBbOQPGPM If you would like to get a hold of Bill, please email us at feedback@aincolorado.org or call using our voicemail line at (720) 712-8856 Have a great week!
Lonliness and Creating Meaningful Relationships
24-11-2023
Lonliness and Creating Meaningful Relationships
Dealing with Loneliness: Identifying, Understanding, and Overcoming it In this episode of Blindsight, host Bill Lundgren and producer Jonathan Price explore the theme of loneliness, notably during the holiday season. They discuss the difference between being alone and feeling lonely, highlighting the importance of reaching out, connecting, and starting conversations with others. They encourage listeners to understand their feelings and face their apprehensions to foster connections. Jonathan shares the power of curiosity in alleviating loneliness, and Bill provides an insight into the harmful effects of using alcohol as a coping mechanism. Next week's show teases discussing 'Holiday Blues' and how to identify and address the root of feeling down. 00:00 Introduction to Blindsight 00:26 Technical Issues and Welcoming Back the Producer 00:58 Announcements and Updates 03:43 Discussion on Loneliness 05:23 Understanding Loneliness 05:29 The Impact of Loneliness 07:37 Strategies to Overcome Loneliness 08:24 Differentiating Between Being Alone and Being Lonely 11:30 The Importance of Communication and Relationships 27:26 The Role of Curiosity in Overcoming Loneliness 34:35 Conclusion and Preview of Next Episode Want a transcript of this show. Click on the link below! https://share.descript.com/view/B1P3b3kfZa2 If you would like to give us feedback or would like to call us and ask a question of Bill, reach us at feedback@aincolorado.org or call us at (720) 712-8856