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SCI Life Uncovered

Mental Health

Episode 8

Tiffiny Carlson

Learning how to navigate your mental health after a spinal cord injury can be one of the most difficult things after becoming paralyzed. Whether you are experiencing depression, anxiety, or Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, you're not alone. Going through such a traumatic event that is so life-changing can take years, if not a lifetime, to come to terms with. Tiffiny is joined by four guests with their own mental health journeys to share, including a psychologist with paralysis who has some genuine insight you do not want to miss.


Meet The Speakers

Jessie Hammond

Jessie Hammond

Jessie was born with cerebral palsy and is from a small town in New York. She has experienced depression off and on her entire life. She shares insight into what it's like to grow up with a disability. If you would like to contact her, you can do so on Facebook

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Rick Winborn

Rick Winborn

From Florida, Rick was injured just last year in a car accident. He is an incomplete paraplegic who has been struggling with a lot of his frustrations stemming from trying to find accessible housing and getting adequate health insurance. He shares how he has been dealing with his struggle.

Dr. Dan Gottlieb

Dr. Dan Gottlieb

One of the most respected psychologists with a spinal cord injury, Dr. Dan Gottlieb has been a voice in the disability community for decades. At 72 years old, he was injured nearly 40 years ago in a car accident, but he hasn’t let that sway him from his chosen profession. Listen in at the 46 minute mark.

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Mary McMenamy

Mary McMenamy

A former marathoner from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Mary was injured at the age of 50 and is an incomplete quadriplegic. She shares what it's like to become injured midlife, as well as how her art, her family, and her friends helped her make it through the tough years.

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