Mental Health: Hope and Recovery

Mental Health: Hope and Recovery

We live in recovery. So can you.

Helen Sneed and Valerie Milburn have both fought and overcome severe, chronic mental illnesses, and offer an insider’s approach to mental health. They share inspirational true stories and a host of recovery skills. Episodes examine conditions such as depression, anxiety, substance use and eating disorders, self-harm, suicide, and other major illnesses. You’ll learn about treatment options, coping skills, goal setting, relationships, and mindfulness. Helen and Valerie are your peers. They are not a substitute for qualified counseling or other mental health resources. They are not professionals, but they are experts through their own lived experience with multiple mental health conditions. Please join them on their journey.

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Loneliness Part Two: Pathways to Connection
March 25, 2024
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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...

Powerful Stories of Recovery: The Journeys of Stacy and Kimberly
August 26, 2023
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Powerful Stories of Recovery: The Journeys of Stacy and Kimberly

If you're searching for inspiration and uplift, look no further. Valerie and Helen will provide you with an escape from the doldrums needed by all of us after a long, hot summer. In this episode, two extraordinary guests, Kimberly and Stacy, tell their powerful stories of recovery from mental health...

Dissecting Depression: The Background, the Battle, and the Breakthroughs -- Part Two
August 08, 2023
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Dissecting Depression: The Background, the Battle, and the Breakthroughs -- Part Two

Join Valerie and Helen as they delve into the second half of their examination of depression. While Depression Part 1 presented an in-depth look at the many facets of the illness and its profound impact on the individual and society, Part 2 focuses on the expanding potential for recovery. Through tr...

Dissecting Depression: The Background, the Battle, and the Breakthroughs
July 06, 2023
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Dissecting Depression: The Background, the Battle, and the Breakthroughs

Valerie and Helen take a deep dive into the formidable depths of the mental health disorder depression—an illness so fierce and powerful it will strike one in six Americans at least once in a lifetime. In the first episode of this two-part series, they explain the different types of depression, and ...