CALL ME NIK
Expected Fall 2022
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Some of you may recall The Expect Effect, a show that was created by combining my personal experiences with a desire for greater inclusion throughout this space. And while I was originally adamant about the messages shared, the style of our show, and the path I was on, something shifted, and as they say, nothing lasts forever, so in essence I began to grieve the show before it became a shell of its former self.
I was already in a state of confusion when all episodes were essentially wiped from our partner platforms, and this only added to it. I couldn't pinpoint the source of the problem. Maybe it was the weight of so many accumulated experiences that I couldn't shake. Relationship changes, family problems, and financial difficulties, all accompanied by depression, grief, and anxiety. In any case, my ideas, values, and principles were no longer directly aligned with the model that inspired our first build. Something more profound was bubbling up, something bigger than many of the surface-level conversations I had during the early stages of production.
So, what’s next? This. This is for the niggas. Strictly for the niggas. The real niggas. Those who, like me, live beyond the binary. Those who do not prioritize aspects of their identity, but instead choose to embrace themselves wholeheartedly. Those who recognize the subconscious violence that leads so many people to believe that in a world that frequently suppresses, everyone is capable of healing. For those who can and those who cannot live openly. Those who recognize that expecting better, doing better, and believing better leads to progress rather than perfection. Those who are still learning. With that said, I’ll leave with this; life is hard, but self-care and the true embrace of overall wellness does not have to be. Thank you to every single listener and guest who has contributed to this platform over the past three years; our first episode aired on 10/1/2019, and it has been an absolute ride ever since. I'm overjoyed with what's already been written, and this next chapter is truly something special.
Until we meet again,
itsjust - Nik
WE HATE WORK
Expected Winter 2022
We Hate Work is an idea born of exhaustion after pushing myself to climb the corporate ladder with little to no support. Navigating my way through various work environments as a Black queer non-binary individual has not been easy, but I've learned a lot along the way. I'd like to use this opportunity to hear about your worst work experiences, the absolute horror stories. Unless otherwise specified in your request, all submissions will remain anonymous, and identities and corporate names will be changed or removed and replaced with an industry description.
There are plenty of podcasts that discuss how to successfully navigate these spaces, and we may touch on what was learned in those moments, but overall, I want to talk about why you felt the need to put in your 2-weeks or, better yet, leave without notice, or just go off on that ONE coworker. Tell me about the bosses you loathed, and let's all get together to decompress and keep pushing, because I don't know about you, but I really hate work.
Self-care isn’t selfish.
Start or continue your journey of expecting better, doing better, and believing better with the following list of mental health resources; all icons/logos are interactive.
*Please be aware that the following corporations/entities have not endorsed, sponsored, or agreed to any form of direct partnership. All of the resources listed are the result of my own research and desire to share information that can contribute to increased individual well-being.*
NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE
We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States.
CRISIS TEXT LINE
Free 24/7 Support at your fingertips.
Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor
Mental health meets online convenience
Meet with a telehealth prescriber or therapist who can diagnose and treat anxiety, depression, insomnia & ADHD with or without medication online. Your care team talks you through your treatment and offers psychological support with regular video or phone visits and unlimited messaging. If prescribed, your medication is discreetly packaged and delivered to your door each month.
Expert care for anxiety and depression
Online therapy, video visits with doctors, and medications delivered to you. Start with an emotional assessment.
Professional, licensed, and vetted therapists who you can trust
Our Mission: Making professional therapy accessible, affordable, and convenient — so anyone who struggles with life’s challenges can get help, anytime and anywhere.
FIRST STATE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
Helping You Build Inner Resilience.
We know that initiating counseling services for you or your child can be very challenging. However, please know that you are making a positive step towards a healthy change in your life. During the counseling process, together we will identify your strengths and use those strengths to help propel you in making the necessary changes you would like to make in your life. If you want to obtain support in dealing with issues such as depression, anxiety, abuse, anger management, trauma, parenting assistance, divorce, or substance abuse, we are here to help you navigate this process.
MINDS EMPOWERED COUNSELING
Live Your Dreams Without Limitations
Minds Empowered Counseling Services was birthed from the passion to assist individuals with developing the life they deserve while addressing the pain and hurt of the past. We pride ourselves on being the light at the end of the tunnel for those who have felt trapped within their anxiety, depression, and trauma. We also welcome being the support at the beginning of your journey to self. Being empowered in this journey is brave and we are honored in that space. We are motivated to build our practice as a lighthouse to those living in darkness.
THE TREVOR PROJECT
You deserve a welcoming, loving world.
And so do the people you care about. Here you can reach out to a counselor if you’re struggling, find answers and information, and get the tools you need to help someone else.
THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR TRANSGENDER EQUALITY
The National Center for Transgender Equality advocates to change policies and society to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender people. In the nation’s capital and throughout the country, NCTE works to replace disrespect, discrimination, and violence with empathy, opportunity, and justice.
THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH (NIMH)
Transforming the understanding
and treatment of mental illnesses.
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE
You're not alone. Confidential help is available for free.
NABH advocates for behavioral healthcare and represents provider systems that are committed to the delivery of responsive, accountable, and clinically effective prevention, treatment and care for children, adolescents, adults, and older adults with mental and substance use disorders.