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May 27, 2020

I Can’t Focus featuring Whitney Ball

Theresa and America are joined once again by Whitney Ball (the Marketing and Outreach Manager at Mental Health America) and they talk about what it’s like to not be able to focus. Theresa and Whitney speak about the guilt that comes with struggling to focus and how their thoughts become overwhelming when they can’t get things done, making them even more unproductive. They have suggestions of their personal coping skills that help them be more productive, tempering expectations and trying to pinpoint who is setting the expectations for you.

To take a mental health screen, or to find mental health information and resources, visit mhascreening.org

May 20, 2020

WTH Is “Fighting In The Open?”

Theresa and America explain what the title of the podcast means and how they both embrace it. They give a brief history of Clifford W. Beers and how his contributions sparked the mental health reform movement by trying get more people to “fight in the open.” They both share how their families handle the conversations around mental health, how open they choose to be about their mental health on social media and how your story can be empowering to others.

To take a mental health screen, or to find mental health information and resources, visit mhascreening.org

May 13, 2020

Supporting Others: How Do I Help Someone? featuring Matt Gleason

America is joined by Matt Gleason (Mental Health Association Oklahoma) and they talk about how we can try to offer support for others. Matt lost his brother and sister in the last few years and he shares why one call from his boss helped open the door to openly talking about his grief. They discuss the first steps in offering support, trying to find the people that can help, attempting to navigate through what kind of support a person needs and the importance of reaching out for help.

To take a mental health screen, or to find mental health information and resources, visit mhascreening.org

May 6, 2020

How To Stay Positive

It’s raining at America’s house so she and Theresa try to bring in some light on a dark day by discussing how they try to stay positive. The perception of positivity is different for everybody and these two go to completely different places to distract themselves and try to stay upbeat. They talk about the impact of having positive people around you, what they do to pull themselves out of a negative place and how sometimes being positive is just trying to hurt a little less.

To take a mental health screen, or to find mental health information and resources, visit mhascreening.org

April 29, 2020

One Year In

It’s officially been a year since we launched the podcast! If you’re new to the show or want to learn a little bit more about your hosts Theresa and America; they answer five questions so that you can get to know them a little bit better. Those questions are: What are you most proud of? What’s your favorite thing to do to relax? What’s one word your friends would use to describe you? What’s one word you’d use to describe yourself? What’s your favorite condiment? We appreciate everyone who has listened and joined us on this journey together.

To take a mental health screen, or to find mental health information and resources, visit mhascreening.org

April 22, 2020

Pets and Mental Health

Theresa and America are talking about the benefits of owning pets and the effects on your mental health. One is a pet owner and the other one is not so they both dive into their current situations and all the pets they’ve owned throughout their lives. Pets can be a real companion in life but finding the pet that matches your needs is key.

To take a mental health screen, or to find mental health information and resources, visit mhascreening.org

April 15, 2020

Why Does My Body Hurt?

Theresa and America talk about the correlation between body pain and mental health. They explore how their pain comes on, how it’s progressed with age and what the causes may be including stress, lack of sleep or gaining weight. You can’t get rid of your physical pain if you don’t work through your emotional pain; we can only help others until we help ourselves.

April 8, 2020

How To Push Through A Crisis featuring Caren Howard

Theresa and America are joined by Caren Howard who is the Advocacy Manager for Mental Health America and the three of them discuss how to push through a crisis. Caren shares how she felt stuck and how she eventually got motivated to do her work. They talk about adjusting to this new reality, honoring the grieving process during a crisis and the importance of vocalizing your feelings.

To take a mental health screen, or to find mental health information and resources, visit mhascreening.org

April 1, 2020

My Coping Skills Aren’t Working

Nothing works anymore. Most of us are having a hard time coping during this time and America and Theresa are no different. They discuss how their brains are handling this stressful environment and how they are trying to adjust, how it’s critical to try to be aware of what your limit is and the benefits of setting up a schedule or routine. Every coping skill you’ve learned along the way is now put aside while you try to just manage but you are not alone.

To take a mental health screen, or to find mental health information and resources, visit mhascreening.org

March 25, 2020

Feeling Trapped

A lot has changed since America and Theresa last recorded and they talk about how they are dealing during this pandemic. There is a discussion about ways in which people feel trapped in this and in other times of crisis and how people's self-care routines have shifted. They both share how they are coping during this time, the stress of feeling isolated and Theresa’s concept for her “bag of flour.”

To take a mental health screen, or to find mental health information and resources, visit mhascreening.org