Episodes

It’s More than a Job: The Role of Work in Mental Health Recovery
May 31, 2024
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It’s More than a Job: The Role of Work in Mental Health Recovery

In this important episode, Valerie and Helen explore the subject of work and its critical role in recovery. For people with a mental health condition, work is a weighty challenge that can evoke anxiety and fear, hopes and dreams. Given their extensive backgrounds in the workplace, both successes and...

Thriving and Recovery: It is Possible to Move from Surviving to Thriving with a Mental Illness!
April 30, 2024
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01:00:01

Thriving and Recovery: It is Possible to Move from Surviving to Thriving with a Mental Illness!

In this episode, Valerie and Helen pursue the holy grail of recovery—thriving in the aftermath of mental illness. For centuries, the ability to thrive would seem almost inconceivable, as traditional treatments focused on the cessation of symptoms and basic survival. But recent studies prove that thr...

Loneliness Part Two: Pathways to Connection
March 25, 2024
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00:47:52

Loneliness Part Two: Pathways to Connection

Loneliness has been declared the new American epidemic by the U.S. Surgeon General. Its destructive impact on an individual life and on society as a whole was explored in the previous episode. Nowhere is loneliness more debilitating and dangerous than for those with mental health challenges. In this...

Loneliness: The New American Epidemic
February 29, 2024
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00:53:26

Loneliness: The New American Epidemic

In May 2023, the US Surgeon General declared loneliness a national epidemic. Greater than one in two adult Americans report being lonely. Given the damaging and sometimes lethal impact that loneliness can have on mental health, Valerie and Helen take listeners into the deep-rooted causes and destruc...

Women and Mental Health
January 30, 2024
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01:12:55

Women and Mental Health

Women and Mental Health is an episode with explosive revelations about women and their mental health journeys. The cruel biases of the past, enlightened advances in to the present, promising breakthroughs for future treatment and recovery. Valerie and Helen delve deep into the complex, unique issues...

Valerie's Mindfulness Favorites of 2023
December 13, 2023
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00:29:16

Valerie's Mindfulness Favorites of 2023

Mindfulness is an effective tool for achieving serenity in any moment. At this hectic time of the year, honing our mindfulness skills is especially helpful. In this third annual Mindfulness Favorites episode, Valerie shares her favorite exercises of 2023. Pulled from one of the exercises that ends e...

Men and Mental Health: The Facts and a Personal Perspective
December 02, 2023
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01:14:11

Men and Mental Health: The Facts and a Personal Perspective

This is the first of an unprecedented two-part series. Valerie and Helen dig deep into the similarities, differences, and clashes between the genders as they deal with mental health challenges. In this episode, they begin with Men and Mental Health. As they explore the male response to symptoms, tre...

The Healing Synergy of Creativity and Recovery
November 14, 2023
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00:43:34

The Healing Synergy of Creativity and Recovery

In ancient times, the prevailing belief was that madness and creativity were sublime gifts from the gods. Who knew the opposite would prove to be true today? Creativity and art are reliant on mental health, mental health is reliant on creativity and art. In this exciting episode, Valerie and Helen r...

The Need for Grit and Determination in Achieving Recovery
September 29, 2023
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01:03:47

The Need for Grit and Determination in Achieving Recovery

Who knew grit and determination could be so essential to the pursuit and achievement of recovery from mental health issues? Valerie and Helen begin with a brilliant book, "Grit," by Angela Duckworth, and go on to explore the impact of grit on mental health. They begin with the basic definition: "Gri...


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