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July 29, 2020

Dealing with Imposter Syndrome

Theresa and America touch on some undiscovered feelings while discussing “Imposter Syndrome.” They talk about what Imposter Syndrome means to them and whether men or women suffer more from this psychological pattern. America recalls her experiences in school and also being followed out in public plus Theresa shares how growing up in an Asian household influenced her school experience as well as her everyday life.

 

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

July 22, 2020

How Can I Be A Better Ally? featuring Whitney Ball

Whitney is back again to join Theresa and America on a discussion of how we can be better allies not only to others during their mental health journey but also to members of the BIPOC community.  They explore what an ally means to each of them and a respose to those who don't know where their place is in this discussion. It is important to do the work and it starts by looking inward on how you might have contributed to the problem.

 

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

July 15, 2020

How Do I Feel Better When The World Is Burning?

While it feels like the world is burning around them America and Theresa try to find ways in which to feel better. They speak on the dread that comes with overwhelming thoughts, the feelings of paralysis when everything seems like it's too much to handle and the power of validation. Theresa talks about finding her community so she doesn’t feel so isolated and America seeks ways in which to educate herself on how to properly help herself and others.

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

July 8, 2020

I Don’t Know Who I Am featuring Jenny Cheang

Jenny Cheang (Director of Digital Marketing) joins America and Theresa to talk through the struggle of identifying who they are. They all share their personal ties to their cultural heritage, the time in their lives when they started to explore their race and how their families played a major role in their identities. They have each struggled at times to fit in with their cultural heritage but have found a sense of pride because of it.

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

July 1, 2020

How Racism Is Trauma

This month is the start of BIPOC (Blacks, Indigenous People, and People of Color) Mental Health Month so America and Theresa talk about what led to the name change and why the new designation better honors these groups. They then have a dialogue about the connection between racism and trauma. They discuss why empathy is key, how we shape the world through our experiences and why we all want to feel human and feel that we matter.

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

June 24, 2020

I’m Worried I’ll Hurt My Baby featuring Sasha Nicole

America and Theresa have teamed up with the postpartum warrior Sasha Nicole from Partum Evolution to talk about the intrusive thoughts they’ve had about their children. Theresa and Sasha Nicole share their experiences with postpartum depression and the shame that came with their invasive thoughts. Sasha Nicole found a supportive husband while Theresa valued the open conversations with co-workers to help them get through tough times. They share how vital it was to allow themselves to acknowledge that their feelings were valid and also include some helpful resources for anyone going through postpartum depression.

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

June 17, 2020

I Am Exhausted From Explaining My Trauma

With everything going on during these current protests, Theresa and America have an open conversation about how hard it is to continuously explain trauma. They talk about the significance of validating someone else’s feelings, the commonality between race and mental health and why we're all just looking for love and support. Let’s all reflect on how we can do better.

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

June 10, 2020

Why Am I So Irritable?

Irritability seems to be amplified while everyone is in quarantine and America and Theresa explain why that is. They talk about why space is important and why voicing your needs is key. There is a discussion on irritation in relationships, how to try to slow down the feelings of agitation and ways in which you can shift your focus when your beginning to feel irritated.

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

June 3, 2020

Being In A Relationship With Someone Who Has A Mental Illness featuring Rwenshaun Miller

America and Theresa teamed up with Rwenshaun Miller to discuss what it’s like to be in a relationship with someone who has a mental illness. Rwenshaun shares his personal bouts with his own mental health issues and how he approaches his relationships in his personal life. All three of them open up about how they are working on themselves to try to improve their relationships, how their mental health is like a third person in their relationship and they highlight why communication is crucial to relaying your specific needs.

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

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