Everybody has a story. Every story is important. We’re looking for stories to explore, experiences to share on the radio for others to hear. We would love to welcome you as our guest!

Just click here Contact Form to let me know you want to be on the show. You’ll hear back from me in 1-3 days.

The Depression Session – Recording Sessions

I’m so glad you are interested in telling a story for the radio show. It will be an honor to have you on The Depression Session. If you are interested in being on the show, let’s set up a time to record. It only takes about 1/2 hour to record.

“Owing our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we’ll ever do.” -Brene Brown

The Basics

The Depression Session is dedicated to de-stigmatizing depression through storytelling. The show is prerecorded and airs on 99.1FM Downtown Radio Sundays at 12 noon. 

The Show 

The DepressionSession starts out out with my weekly report. Then we will chat a bit together. Last but not least, you’ll tell your story. You’ll have 10-15 minutes to share your story. The whole show is just a half hour.

The Podcast There is a new episode each week posted as a podcast on The Depression Session BLOG, and on Soundcloud, iTunes and Facebook.

Recording

WHEN: What day/time works for you? (we only need about 1/2 hour to record)

Thursday: anytime between 9-10:30am

Friday: anytime between 9am-4:30pm

Saturday: anytime before 11am

HOW: Have a general idea of what story you want to tell, but don’t over-prepare or memorize. Look over the guidelines below and let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I’ll record, but it will be edited, so don’t worry I’ll take out any “um”s or “er”s. 

THE BASICS: It’s a 1/2 hour show and your story will be 10-15minutes. It’s very casual, just chatting and being real about depression. We’ll prerecord and I’ll edit it for the broadcast to be on Sunday’s show at 12 noon Tucson time. Then I’ll post it on The Depression Session BLOG

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you all so much for having the bravery to share your story.

Cheers!

-Laura

 

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Active Listening

Your story will be uninterrupted both in the practice session and at the station. I will have time cards to help you know how you are doing, but I will not interject verbally at all until time is up. I will be listening with my whole heart. You may see me glance at the clock to check time, but I am still listening.

The Depression Session Guidelines

The mission of The Depression Session is to de-stigmatize depression through storytelling. Maybe someone home alone will hear your story and feel a little less alone.

photo_microphoneEveryone has a story. Every story is important. The mission of The Depression Sessionis to de-stigmatize  depression through storytelling. Maybe someone home alone will hear your story and feel a little less alone.

1. Your Story. Your perspective. Tell one specific story from your perspective. Think about a story that really captures your experience of depression, rather than talking about depression in general. It could be one single day, or over a period of time. A good story makes people feel like they were there. “It was my 16th birthday and I was supposed to be happy. Instead I was lying in bed looking at the patterns in the ceiling, wondering if I could just stay there.”

2. The personal is universal. Tell us your thoughts and feelings, don’t be afraid to be personal and really specific. Whatever your experience, people will relate to it if you make it personal.

3. Details, details. Include specific details of your experience. Think about sight, sound, smell, taste, touch. Don’t force it, but consider how they might add to the story. “I was wearing my gray sweat pants and hoodie… again. They are so soft, so comforting.”

4. Beginning. Middle. End. Make sure you have a good first and last sentence. Think about the story arc, and let the rest come naturally.

5. Be natural. Don’t over prepare. Think of it as you telling a story to a friend. You can be funny, serious, sad, mad, inspirational, or whatever comes naturally.

6. The heart of the story. Think about what you want to share. Do you have a little piece of wisdom that comes from your experience. You don’t have to state it, but think about how your story might reveal it.

7. Don’t memorize. Just remember an outline: beginning, middle, end, and your special viewpoint.

A few rules

1. No swearing! Although I can bleep if necessary.

2. First names only for other people in the story. Don’t use full names or identifying information. Use phrases like, “a friend of mine”, “a person close to me that I should have been able to trust” or “someone close to me”.  We don’t want to out someone or make them feel uncomfortable. This is about telling your story.

 

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