March 20, 2020
Back in late February, I released an episode all about mental health during global pandemics. But the problem was that at that point in time, there weren't a lot of resources available addressing this. And why? Well, the world had never experienced a pandemic of this magnitude in our lifetime. Things have changed a lot in the last month and I feel a personal responsibility to provide an update on the situation. This episode will inform you of what you can do to protect your mental health during this unprecedented time in history. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and hopefully you'll feel a little more hopeful about the situation after you listen in today!
If you need to reach out for help in this time of crisis, you can reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - it's not just for suicidal thoughts and they are here for you if you are in any form of emotional crisis! You can call them 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255 or reach them via text by texting "HOME" to 741-741 if you live in the United States. Citizens of Canada can text "TWLOHA" to 686-868. If you're in the United Kingdom, you can reach them by texting "SHOUT" to 852-58.
For additional emotional support resources, check out the To Write Love on Her Arms website to find out how to get involved in online support groups, access online therapy, and much, much more!
Need financial resources? Check out the UNICEF website to see what type of assistance you may be eligible for.
Intro/Outro Music: "Hold On" by Joy Ike
Transition Music: "Good Day" by Jukebox the Ghost
Featuring clips from "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," "Friends,""Rocko's Modern Life," "Seinfeld," "Conan," "The Daily Show," and more!
March 9, 2020
Anorexia Nervosa, a disorder whose name literally translates to “Too nervous to eat,” is now an epidemic in many first world countries. Of course, it’s easy to blame the rise of social media and the “Fitspiration” movement currently taking Instagram by storm, but did you know that Anorexia Nervosa has existed since the Middle Ages (if not earlier)? It’s true! You might also be surprised to know that Anorexia is the deadliest mental health disorder aside from opioid abuse. Irregardless, treatment can often be very inaccessible to those in need due to location, finances, or a variety of other factors. What else don’t you know? Grab a snack and tune in and test your knowledge as we explore one of the most common - but also most commonly misunderstood - eating disorders.
If you have reason to believe that you or someone that you care about may be experiencing Anorexia Nervosa, there is an anonymous screening tool available to you at nationaleatingdisorders.org/screening-tool.
If you want to reach out for support, you can contact the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) hotline by phone at 1-800-931-2237 (available 11:00am-9:00pm EST Mondays-Thursdays; 11:00am-5:00pm EST Fridays) or you may contact the Chat Line at https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/help-support/contact-helpline (available 9:00am-9:00pm EST Mondays-Thursdays; 9:00am-5:00pm EST Fridays).
To get involved in nonprofit volunteer opportunities that support and further the cause, you can check out nonprofit organizations such as Project HEAL (theprojectheal.org) and the National Eating Disorder Association (nationaleatingdisorders.org).
Intro Music: “Scars To Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara
Transition Music: “Skinny Love" by Bon Iver
Outro Music: “Unpretty” by TLC
Featuring audio clips from Buzzfeed Yellow/Buzzfeed News, TEDxYouth@ChristChurch, CBS Eyewitness News, and the documentary “Miss Americana” (courtesy of Netflix).
February 24, 2020
Pandemic: a word that is practically inescapable lately. Since the start of this year, news outlets have been throwing the word around as casually and frequently as a dog barking at a mailman. But the word can cause a dangerous phenomenon filled to the brim with xenophobia, misplaced fear, and heightened anxiety (we're talking traumatic stress levels!) on both the general public and healthcare workers alike. Listen in as we break down why all of this hype surrounding a pandemic can be harmful to our mental health and, most importantly, what we can do about it.
Slam Poem: "In Sickness" by Duck Washington
Intro Music: "Hospital Beds" by Cold War Kids
Transition Music: "Slammin'" by Pandemic
Artwork: by Dan Bejar via theispot.com
Also featuring clips featuring Dr. Drew Pinsky, ABC News, CBS News, and CNN.
February 10, 2020
Video games - they're seemingly everywhere these days. Heck, you can't even get through a ride on public transportation without spotting someone playing "Candy Crush" on their phone. But are they harming our mental health?
Listen in today while Kristina lays down the numerous benefits of modern video games and how game play (in moderation, of course) can actually improve one's mental health. We'll discuss many of the video games leading the pack when it comes to embracing the emotionally healing benefits of gaming. Oh, and while we're at it, we'll crush some common misconceptions that video games are harmful on the psyche of its players. Grab a controller and tune in - this is an episode that you won't want to miss!
Intro Music: "Still Alive (Portal Theme)" from "Portal"
Transition Music: Theme from "Ms. Pac Man" and "Super Mario Bros"
Clips featured from CBS News, ABC News, CNN, TedxOldham, etc.
January 13, 2020
Ayo, we're back and ready to tackle 2020 with aplomb!
Come grab a fresh pair of Skull Candy earbuds and listen in for our first episode of the new year- one all about Bipolar Depression. Did you know that more people struggle with Bipolar Disorder in Australia than do cancer? Here in the United States, it is estimated that 1 in 50 individuals suffer with this mood disorder at any given time. And the effects of this disorder can be absolutely devastating to the sufferer's personal life and relationships if not managed. But, thankfully hope is absolutely possible and today, we'll break down what the disorder is, what it isn't, discuss treatment options, and even mention why you should never refer to it as "Manic Depression." Get ready to have your mind blown!
Slam Poem: "Some Things You Need to Know Before Dating Me" by Jamie Mortara
Intro/Outro Music: "New Slang" by the Shins
Transition Music: "I Wanna Get Better" by the Bleachers
Episode Artwork by Stephanie Stephens via bphope.com
January 6, 2020
Hey friends! We're off this week as we try to get back into the swing of things after the extended holiday break. But we left you with a classic episode that you may have missed!
For those of you who may be considering going back to therapy or trying out therapy for the first time, this episode is a must-listen if you're curious about the whole intake process. It's harmless, I promise!
Also, here are the resources that I mentioned in the episode for helping you to find a therapist in your area:
1. Zocdoc.com: On this website, you can enter your insurance information and your zip code to search for therapists in your area that are covered by your plan.
2. Your insurance company's website (Independence Blue Cross, Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, etc.): You can find this resource by doing a Google search for your insurance company
3. APA Psychologist Locator: Run by the American Psychology Association, this website lists esteemed psychologists in your area and lists the insurance plans that they accept. From here you can also read reviews and email the providers directly to setup an appointment.
Intro Music: "I Wanna Get Better" by the Bleachers
Transition Music: "Better" by Regina Spektor
December 16, 2019
Ah yes, climate change! A phrase that has not been absent from the news, the Presidential debate stage, nor our every day vernacular for at least the last decade. Look, we know climate change is happening and harming our dear Mother Earth. But that's it, right? Mmm, not so fast -
Did you know that climate change has some strong negative implications on our mental health? As victims of natural disaster or even as weary citizens fearing global warming's wrath, it's easy to get caught up in the trepidation and anxiety that can come with such a massive threat. Today we'll explore how and why climate change can harm our mental well-being and what to do about it. Spoiler: It's all about mindfulness, baby!
Intro/Outro music: "Carbon Monoxide" by Cake
Transition music: "Young Folk" by Peter Bjorn and John; "Big Yellow Taxi" by Joni Mitchell
Slam Poem: "Dear Future Generations: Sorry" by Prince EA
December 9, 2019
Hey babes! We're off this week, but don't worry - we still wanted to leave you with something to grace your earballs - a classic episode! Maybe you missed this episode last season, you're new to the podcast, or you want to have a refresher on this episode - either way, you're in the right place!
CONTENT WARNING: This episode discusses suicide ideation, which is a topic that may be sensitive for some listeners. If you are not in a place to listen to an in-depth discussion of suicidal thoughts, methods of suicide, or symptoms of severe mental illness, I recommend skipping today's episode and tuning in another time.
Intro/Outro Music: "1-800-273-8255" by Logic feat. Alessia Cara
December 2, 2019
Ho, ho, ho! Thanksgiving is over and we're now staring down at the final month of the year. And boy, is it an especially eventful one! December is chock full of parties, gift giving, family get-togethers, and putting on an extra few pounds (wait, I thought you said that these Christmas cookies were non-fat?). Regardless of what you celebrate this time of year, you have to admit that the holiday season isn't all that it's Nutcrackered up to be. Maybe you're in grief over the loss of a loved one, grappling with Depression, or find yourself miles away from home during this time of year. Let's talk some tips and tricks that can help you tackle your seasonal lows and feeling more yourself in December and all year long.
Intro/Outro music: "Christmas Wrapping" by the Waitresses
Transition Music: "Winter Song" by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson
Slam Poem: "The Holidays" by Meta
Also including sound clips from the classic holiday films, "Elf," "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer," "Frosty the Snowman," and "A Charlie Brown Christmas."
If you are interested in purchasing a Memory Bear for someone in your life, you can find Mary Mac's Facebook Business page here.
To reach out to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, you can navigate to their website here. You can also reach them via email by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact their hotline between the hours of 10am-6pm EST by dialing 1-800-950-6264.
November 25, 2019
Mirror, mirror on the wall! Who's the thinnest of them all?
Eating disorders are the most deadly form of mental health disorder with 1 person dying internationally every 62 minutes. It's an epidemic that has been increasingly coming to a head since the mid-to-late 1980s. But did you know that the first case of Anorexia was actually diagnosed over 150 years ago?
Come learn more about the most commonly diagnosed eating disorders - namely Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating Disorder - with me and learn how to help yourself or someone in your life that may be struggling with their body image and in turn, an eating disorder.
Intro Music: "Don't Let Me Get Me" by P!nk
Transition Music: "Radio" by India.Arie
Slam Poem: "When the Fat Girl Gets Skinny" by Blythe Baird
Outro Music: "Good As Hell" by Lizzo
You can take an eating disorder screening on the NEDA website
If you need help on Thanksgiving Day, you can chat with a NEDA helpline volunteer at their Online Chat Line (open 10am-2pm EST)
To volunteer/give to Project Heal, check out their website