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NPO Media Podcast produced by volunteers with NAMI NYC Staten Island, hosted by Pete Shiffman. A Project of NAMI NYC Staten Island The NPO Media Podcast is a syndicated audio broadcast featuring interviews, stories and creative works by individuals living with mental illness.

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Growing up with a sibling with mental issues means homelife is consistently tumultuous. Many children try to help their ...
05/14/2021
Sibling Stories with Alana Ezderman – Bennie

Growing up with a sibling with mental issues means homelife is consistently tumultuous. Many children try to help their siblings- while also creating an armor of self-protection that shields them from pain, but prevents them from sharing their true selves. My interviewee, Bennie, stepped in to get her brother the care and correct direct diagnoses when his symptoms worsened to a point of crisis, setting him on a course of recovery. Now, Bennie is beginning the journey of removing her armor to reveal the greatest version of herself.

https://www.npomedia.org/2021/05/14/sibling-stories-with-alana-ezderman-bennie/

Growing up with a sibling with mental issues means homelife is consistently tumultuous. Many children try to help their siblings- while also creating an armor of self-protection that shields them f…

02/09/2021
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Thrive with Positive Psychology.
Tap into your brain's resiliency and bounce back from anxiety or depression in real-time. Learn techniques to rewire your brain for positivity. Eliminate rumination and past and future trauma. Enjoy your present moment. Calm your mind and body. Boost immunity.

Guest Speaker: Alana Ezderman, Certified Positive Psychology Practitioner, Founder, "ReclaimedBrain Resiliency Workshop"

Alana is a NAMI Family-to-Family leader, host of NPO Media Podcast "Sibling Stories" and is in training to lead a NAMI Family Support Group for siblings. Alana is the sibling of a loved one with mental health issues.

After overcoming decades of anxiety and depression, Alana is now sharing the resiliency techniques she has mastered, empowering individuals living with mental illness, caretakers, and corporate teams to thrive now and beyond COVID.

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Welcome to Sibling Stories with Alana Ezderman, featuring interviews with siblings of a loved one with mental illness to...
01/26/2021
Sibling Stories with Alana Ezderman

Welcome to Sibling Stories with Alana Ezderman, featuring interviews with siblings of a loved one with mental illness to foster hope, resilience, and community support. This podcast is for all of those siblings out there who need a voice- either a voice to listen to, or a voice to speak. When the brother of my first interviewee started showing symptoms, Tatiana stepped into the role of caretaker at just 28....

https://www.npomedia.org/2021/01/25/sibling-stories-with-alana-ezderman/

Welcome to Sibling Stories with Alana Ezderman, featuring interviews with siblings of a loved one with mental illness to foster hope, resilience, and community support. This podcast is for all of t…

David and his mother Paulette share their journey with mental illness, starting when David first had symptoms of schizop...
11/21/2020
David and Paulette

David and his mother Paulette share their journey with mental illness, starting when David first had symptoms of schizophrenia. David and Paulette are both experienced program facilitators with NAMI NYC Staten Island, helping countless others in their paths to recovery and living well with mental illness.

https://www.npomedia.org/2020/11/21/david-and-paulette/

David and his mother Paulette share their journey with mental illness, starting when David first had symptoms of schizophrenia. David and Paulette are both experienced program facilitators with NAM…

This podcast is the follow-up to the episode recorded with NYC police officer Michael Balioni. In this episode, Michael’...
05/09/2020
Nicole’s Story

This podcast is the follow-up to the episode recorded with NYC police officer Michael Balioni. In this episode, Michael’s wife, Nicole, bravely recounts her own story. She describes her struggle with substance abuse, the impact it had on her family, and her subsequent recovery. Since then, Nicole and her husband have become advocates for others living with similar struggles, networking with local groups and leaders in the recovery movement.
https://www.npomedia.org/2020/05/09/nicoles-story/

This podcast is the follow-up to the episode recorded with NYC police officer Michael Balioni. In this episode, Michael’s wife, Nicole, bravely recounts her own story. She describes her struggle wi…

Kyle is a young college student who has already dedicated himself to helping others. He is pursuing a graduate degree in...
02/23/2020
Kyle’s Story

Kyle is a young college student who has already dedicated himself to helping others. He is pursuing a graduate degree in mental health counseling. Kyle candidly shares personal experiences and traumas, so please keep that in mind before listening.
https://www.npomedia.org/2020/02/23/kyles-story/

Kyle is a young college student who has already dedicated himself to helping others. He is pursuing a graduate degree in mental health counseling. Kyle candidly shares personal experiences and trau…

Michael Balioni is a NYC police officer who shares his story of personal struggle and growth after his wife developed a ...
10/01/2019
Part One-Michael B

Michael Balioni is a NYC police officer who shares his story of personal struggle and growth after his wife developed a severe op**te addiction following a motorcycle accident. Michael has collaborated with the office of Staten Island District Attorney Michael E. McMahon to help spread the word about prevention and coping with addictions and co-occurring mental illness. This podcast is part one of two. [ 42 more words ]
https://www.npomedia.org/2019/09/30/part-one-michael-b/

Michael Balioni is a NYC police officer who shares his story of personal struggle and growth after his wife developed a severe op**te addiction following a motorcycle accident. Michael has collabor…

For this episode, Alana shares her lived experience and empowerment through positive psychology. She is an active member...
08/29/2019
Alana’s Story

For this episode, Alana shares her lived experience and empowerment through positive psychology. She is an active member of NAMI and shares her time helping others. Alana completed a program at The Flourishing Center.
https://www.npomedia.org/2019/08/28/alanas-story/

For this episode,  Alana shares her lived experience and empowerment through positive psychology. She is an active member of NAMI and shares her time helping others. Alana completed a program …

Another collaborative effort with Five Flags Company Inc, this brief but poignant episode features Bernadette, who share...
05/12/2019
Bernadette’s Story

Another collaborative effort with Five Flags Company Inc, this brief but poignant episode features Bernadette, who shares about her addiction and recovery.
https://www.npomedia.org/2019/05/12/bernadettes-story/

Another collaborative effort with Five Flags Company Inc, this brief but poignant episode features Bernadette, who shares about her addiction and recovery.

This is another collaborative project between NAMI NYC Staten Island and Five Flags Company, Inc. Five Flags Company wor...
05/05/2019
Michael’s Story

This is another collaborative project between NAMI NYC Staten Island and Five Flags Company, Inc. Five Flags Company works to promote financial empowerment for those who are less fortunate on Staten Island and beyond. Drug addictions are prevalent issues, particularly on Staten Island. By sharing experiences of those living with addictions, their loved ones, and clinicians, we hope to offer insights and tools for coping with the ravages of addiction. Moreover, we want to get the word out to young people at risk. This is Michael's Story.
https://www.npomedia.org/2019/05/05/michaels-story/

This is another collaborative project between NAMI NYC Staten Island and Five Flags Company, Inc. Five Flags Company works to promote financial empowerment for those who are less fortunate on State…

Catherine is a full-time college student who has been living with anxiety and depression for the past six years. She als...
04/10/2019
Catherine’s Story

Catherine is a full-time college student who has been living with anxiety and depression for the past six years. She also documents her story on an Instagram blog titled @positivelycat. She is working with NAMI to help break the stigma surrounding mental illness.
https://www.npomedia.org/2019/04/09/catherines-story/

Catherine is a full-time college student who has been living with anxiety and depression for the past six years. She also documents her story on an Instagram blog titled @positivelycat. She is work…

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Chris shares his experience as a parent of a child living with addiction. He shares insights that offer strength and hop...
03/17/2019
Chris’ Story

Chris shares his experience as a parent of a child living with addiction. He shares insights that offer strength and hope for others. This episode is the first collaborative project between NAMI NYC Staten Island and Five Flags Company, Inc. . Five Flags Company works to promote financial empowerment for those who are less fortunate on Staten Island and beyond. [ 62 more words ]
https://www.npomedia.org/2019/03/17/chris-story/

Chris shares his experience as a parent of a child living with addiction. He shares insights that offer strength and hope for others. This episode is the first collaborative project between NAMI NY…

02/17/2019
Near Death Experience - NPO Media Podcast (Audio Only)

I had an opportunity to record a friend telling his near-death experience. Although this is not part of our podcast format, it is a fascinating listen.

Join NPO Media and producer, Pete Shiffman, in their latest Podcast recorded Feb. 12th 2019. Is there an afterlife? Is there a God? Is there a Heaven? NPO's ...

Elizabeth Kelley is a criminal defense lawyer with a nationwide practice focused on representing people with mental disa...
12/14/2018
NPO Media Podcast Episode 13-Elizabeth Kelley

Elizabeth Kelley is a criminal defense lawyer with a nationwide practice focused on representing people with mental disabilities. She co-chairs the Criminal Justice Advisory Panel of The Arc's National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability. Kelley is the editor of representing people with Mental Disabilities: A Practical Guide for Criminal Defense Lawyers, published by the American Bar Association in Fall, 2018. She serves on the Editorial Board of the ABA's Criminal Justice section magazine. [ 63 more words ]
https://www.npomedia.org/2018/12/13/npo-media-podcast-episode-13-elizabeth-kelley/

Elizabeth Kelley is a criminal defense lawyer with a nationwide practice focused on representing people with mental disabilities. She co-chairs the CriminalJustice Advisory Panel of The Arc’s…

11/18/2018

We should be on Spotify soon. Also, our clinician series continues with a new episode coming soon. Thank you to everyone that has supported the podcast by spreading the word!
Pete / NAMI NYC Staten Island

Episode 12 of the NPO Media Podcast features an interview with Gene Kaplan, L.C.S.W., a licensed Clinical Social Worker ...
11/15/2018
NPO Media Podcast Episode 12-Gene Kaplan, L.C.S.W.

Episode 12 of the NPO Media Podcast features an interview with Gene Kaplan, L.C.S.W., a licensed Clinical Social Worker with the NYS Office of Mental Health. Mr. Kaplan chronicles his career as clinician and educator, describing various treatment approaches he has helped bring to South Beach Psychiatric Center. Frequent questions brought up by families with NAMI NYC Staten Island are also addressed by Mr. Kaplan.
https://www.npomedia.org/2018/11/14/npo-media-podcast-episode-12-gene-kaplan-l-c-s-w/

Episode 12 of the NPO Media Podcast features an interview with Gene Kaplan, L.C.S.W., a licensed Clinical Social Worker with the NYS Office of Mental Health. Mr. Kaplan chronicles his career as cli…

Desiree is a young professional and a single mother. She bravely details the struggle for recovery by a loved one with c...
11/02/2018
NPO Media Podcast Episode 11 – Desiree’s Story

Desiree is a young professional and a single mother. She bravely details the struggle for recovery by a loved one with co-occurring disorders of mental illness and substance abuse disorder.
https://www.npomedia.org/2018/11/02/npo-media-podcast-episode-11-desirees-story/

Desiree is a young professional and a single mother. She bravely details the struggle for recovery by a loved one with co-occurring disorders of mental illness and substance abuse disorder.

10/21/2018

I'm looking for people to interview for upcoming podcast episodes. Whether you are a person living with mental illness, a family member or clinician who wants to share insights, I want to connect. The podcast is listed on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play Music, and others, so there are many listeners who will appreciate what you have to say. If you are not in the NYC area you can call in by phone or via Skype. I don't do live broadcasts, so you will always get to approve the final edit before it gets published. Please contact me at [email protected] so we can plan a podcast episode together.

Thank you,
Pete/NPO Media

Christina Bruni is a mental health advocate who published her first book Left of the Dial: A Memoir of Schizophrenia, Re...
10/07/2018
NPO Media Podcast Episode 10 – Christina’s Story

Christina Bruni is a mental health advocate who published her first book Left of the Dial: A Memoir of Schizophrenia, Recovery, and Hope in 2015. Formerly a disc jockey on FM radio in the 1980s, she chronicles this experience in her book along with what happened after she recovered. Chris has an MS and works as a professional librarian. Visit Christina's author website at
https://www.npomedia.org/2018/10/07/npo-media-podcast-episode-10-christinas-story/

Christina Bruni is a mental health advocate who published her first book Left of the Dial: A Memoir of Schizophrenia, Recovery, and Hope in 2015. Formerly a disc jockey on FM radio in the 1980s, sh…

10/05/2018

It's been a long time since our last podcast episode, but we are working on something new. Stay tuned!

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01/28/2018

NPO Media producer Rah working the camera!

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Edith Scheie is a Staten Island native, whose parents were from Norway. She has 4 siblings, an older sister and three ol...
10/16/2017
NPO Media Podcast Episode 9 – Edie’s Story

Edith Scheie is a Staten Island native, whose parents were from Norway. She has 4 siblings, an older sister and three older brothers, who have contributed to the development of her sense of humor, as well as her resilience. She received a public-school education and attended Wagner College and Queens College, City University of New York. She studied music from the age of 7 to the age of 20, starting in the children’s church choir. [ 93 more words ]

http://www.npomedia.org/2017/10/15/npo-media-podcast-episode-9-edies-story/

Edith Scheie is a Staten Island native, whose parents were from Norway. She has 4 siblings, an older sister and three older brothers, who have contributed to the development of her sense of humor, …

10/15/2017

Recorded episode 9 of the NPO Media Podcast today. Looking forward to publishing the episode quickly so others can benefit from Edie Scheie's experience, insights/ and creativity

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09/11/2017

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This episode features Justin, who shares his personal experiences with hospitalizations and the road to recovery while l...
08/21/2017
NPO Media Podcast Episode 8 – Justin’s Story

This episode features Justin, who shares his personal experiences with hospitalizations and the road to recovery while living with bipolar disorder and severe social anxiety. An experienced digital content creator, Justin makes the case for finding what works and pursuing it with tenacity.

http://www.npomedia.org/2017/08/21/npo-media-podcast-episode-8-justins-story/

This episode features Justin, who shares his personal experiences with hospitalizations and the road to recovery while living with bipolar disorder and severe social anxiety.  An experienced digita…

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08/04/2017

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This episode features Anna, who shares her experience living with an eating disorder and also speaks about barriers to t...
06/25/2017
NPO Media Podcast Episode 7 – Anna’s Story

This episode features Anna, who shares her experience living with an eating disorder and also speaks about barriers to treatment and misconceptions that people have about eating disorders. A full recovery from an eating disorder is possible, and everybody's story is different. This is Anna's story.

http://www.npomedia.org/2017/06/25/npo-media-podcast-episode-7-annas-story/

This episode features Anna, who shares her experience living with an eating disorder and also speaks about barriers to treatment and misconceptions that people have about eating disorders. A full r…

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Hi Pete...Regards to you et all. Also, please give my regards to Donnie as well. Best wishes to you both and Congratulations to Donnie on his upcoming Honoree Award on Nov. 1st. Blessings to you both, always,
Very excited to see such great work being done!!!