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
November 18, 2019
Do you experience uncharacteristic lulls and all over feel more sluggish and unmotivated during the winter season? It's possible that you're experiencing Seasonal Depression (also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD). But don't worry, you're not alone - over 3 million Americans experience SAD every year. Tune in and listen to some tips and tricks for how to combat your Seasonal Depression before winter gets the best of you!
Intro/Outro Song: "Seasonal Depression" by mxmtoon
Transition Music: "Into Your Sun" by No Second Troy
Also featuring "5 kleine Fische" by die Bremen Vier (because reasons)
November 11, 2019
Happy #MentalHealthMonday, crew! Today, we're exploring if there's any weight to the correlation between having a diagnosable mental illness and committing acts of mass gun violence. Spoiler alert: It's a no from me, dawg.
If you're interested in getting more involved in the prevention of future acts of gun violence in the United States, here are the links to some of the helpful resources that you'll hear mentioned in today's episode:
1. To find a local anti-gun violence group in your state, you can visit the States United to Prevent Gun Violence website by visiting ceasefireusa.org.
2. You can make a tax-deductible donation to either March for Our Lives (marchforourlives.com) or the Violence Policy Center (vpc.org)
Intro/Outro Music: "Pumped Up Kicks Remix" by Foster the People
Transition Music: "Sign of the Times" by Harry Styles
November 4, 2019
The United States is infamous for its poor treatment and care for the mentally ill in our society. Sure, things have come a LONG way since the days of lobotomies and forced institutionalization but care options are often still very expensive and inaccessible for a lot of people. Why is this the case? What can we do and where do we even go from here? Listen here and help me brainstorm on this week's episode!
Intro: "You Need to Calm Down" by Taylor Swift
Transition Music: "Better" by Regina Spektor
Outro: "Overthinking" by Acid Ghost/"Better" by Regina Spektor
October 28, 2019
And she's BAAAACK!
Happy Mental Health Monday! I'm so completely stoked to be back in action and talking about the most frequently diagnosed mental health disorder, the anxiety disorder. Did you know that approximately 30% of the population have a diagnosable anxiety disorder (me included, let's be honest)? It comes in many forms, such as OCD, PTSD, generalized anxiety, and social anxiety.
Do you or someone you know suffer from anxiety? Let us know in the comments!
Introductory poem written and performed by Jae Nichelle
Intro music: "Be OK" by Ingrid Michaelson
Outro music: "This Year" by the Mountain Goats
August 12, 2019
Hey friends! Last week, our host Kristina went back to therapy for the first time in over 3 years. 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.
July 29, 2019
Is it Monday ALREADY? Never fear, because another episode of "Mental Health Monday" is waiting for your ears! While you're browsing the socials today, take a moment to listen to today's episode all about social media sensitivity. Do you think you experience social media sensitivity? Hit us up and let us know how it affects you.
Also, special shoutout to Shel Silverstein for writing the impeccable poem - "The Gardener" - featured in the first few seconds of today's episode. I have a feeling that he'd appreciate what I did with his masterpiece.
July 22, 2019
Happy "Mental Health Monday," crew! Have you ever been in a dating relationship with someone that struck you as flakier than a fresh croissant? It's entirely possible that this person was experiencing commitment phobia. While “commitment phobia” is not considered a diagnosable mental health disorder, it can absolutely have an adverse effect on your own mental wellbeing. So, how can you overcome you or your partner's commitment phobia? Tune in to find out!
July 15, 2019
You've all heard the saying that "laughter is the best medicine," but is there any actual weight to that statement? Join me as I untangle the mental, emotional, and physical benefits that laughter has on the body and mind. Special appearance by my boyfriend Carter who shares some of his best jokes with us. This is one you won't want to miss!