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- If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, text or call 988.
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Communities for Recovery
An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness
Kay Redfield Jamison
Kay Redfield Jamison
A Life on the Edge: Carrie Fisher
MDR: The Breakthrough Therapy for Overcoming Anxiety, Stress, and Trauma
Francine Shapiro and Margo Silk Forrest
The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind,
and Body in Healing of Trauma
Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
Episode 4: Relationships Part Two: The Therapeutic Relationship - Valerie's Journey
Dr. Bernard "Trey" Aoueille, III, M.D., Psychiatrist
Episode 8: The Hell of Suicidal Thinking and Escaping It
Jenny Whitten, LCSW
Episode 17: The Impact of the Pandemic on Mental Health in America
Part One: How is it Affecting our Youth?
Dr. Melissa Eshelman, M.D., Dell Medical School
Police Chief Wayne Sneed, Austin Independent School District
Episode 21: Aging and Mental Health, Part Two: An Expert Speaks
Dr. Cherie Simpson, Clinical Nurse Specialist
Episode 26: Hospitalization: Conversations About the Psychiatric Hospitalization Experience
Ilene Gray, Mental Health Advocate
Richard Allen, Mental Health Advocate
Mindfulness has been proven to be an essential skill for mental health. The mindfulness exercises that Valerie leads at the end of every episode are a popular element of the podcast. A selection of the exercises is below.
Disclaimer: The information contained on this website is not intended to be a substitute for or to be relied upon as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. This website is for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any health-related questions you may have.