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Pandemic Check In Western Sound & Brooklyn Minds

    • Mental Health

How are you doing right now? Let's check in.

Call and leave a message or text — anonymously or not. Let us know if you'd like a call back: 858-255-1770

The folks from Brooklyn Minds, a pioneering center for psychiatry and psychology, are here to help. Let's talk, listen, and share our way through this crisis.

It's going to be okay.

    Adulthood Interrupted: My housemate is my 20-something-year-old child

    Adulthood Interrupted: My housemate is my 20-something-year-old child

    Host Ben Adair is joined by Dr. Rebecca Sinclair and Dr. Will Osei from Brooklyn Minds to hear from parents and adult children moving back in together. Plus, our hosts discuss potential vacation plans and other tools on how to assess risks when planning. The tips for this week?


    Try different strategies for what works for you and your family when the feeling of uncertainty comes in, such as taking a walk, a breath, or creating a routine.

    Young adults, who may be going through the concept of learned helplessness, can dig into what matters to them and apply small actions.

    DEARMAN Skill, a tool for interpersonal communication: https://dbt.tools/interpersonal_effectiveness/dear-man.php

    Erik Erikson's Stages of Psychosocial Development: https://www.simplypsychology.org/Erik-Erikson.html


    At the top of the show we listed some great Black Trans orgs. Here are the links to check them out and if you can, please consider donating:


    G.L.I.T.S.: https://swopbehindbars.giv.sh/b9d2

    Snap4Freedom: https://www.snap4freedom.org/mostdangerous

    TGI Justice: http://www.tgijp.org/

    The Marsha P. Johnson institute: https://marshap.org/membership/

    The Okra Project: https://www.theokraproject.com/

    For The Gworls: https://linktr.ee/ForTheGworlsParty

    Black Visions Collective: https://www.blackvisionsmn.org/

    The Trevor Project: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/


    -------- If you want to share your thoughts on this episode with us, or share how you are holding up with everything going on— you can text or leave us a voicemail at: 858-255-1770 DISCLAIMER: Listening to a podcast is not a substitute for getting real help. The show is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical and/or mental health advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified mental health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or mental health needs. And if you really need help now: Text the Crisis Text Line: text the word HOME to 741-751 1-800-Life-Net if you want or need to talk to someone right now. Pandemic Check In is produced by Western Sound and Brooklyn Minds.

    • 37 min
    Adulthood Interrupted: Graduating in uncertain times

    Adulthood Interrupted: Graduating in uncertain times

    Host Ben Adair is joined by Owen Muir M.D., Michelle Bernabe RN, and Dr. Will Osei from Brooklyn Minds to hear from recent college and high school graduates about the difficulties of transitioning into a new beginning. The tips for this week? 


    Give yourself the space to grieve what you missed or might end up missing. 
    If you are starting college in the fall, reach out to college councilors at your schools to get a head start on creating a relationship with that support system. 
    If you had to move back in with your parents, sit down and discuss new boundaries where you can learn to relate to each other differently! (You can read the article Michelle mentioned here: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-06-12/adulthood-interrupted-by-coronavirus )

    At the top of the show we listed some great Black Trans orgs. Here are the links to check them out and if you can, please consider donating: 


    G.L.I.T.S.: https://swopbehindbars.giv.sh/b9d2
    Snap4Freedom: https://www.snap4freedom.org/mostdangerous
    TGI Justice: http://www.tgijp.org/
    The Marsha P. Johnson institute: https://marshap.org/membership/
    The Okra Project: https://www.theokraproject.com/
    For The Gworls: https://linktr.ee/ForTheGworlsParty
    Black Visions Collective: https://www.blackvisionsmn.org/


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    If you want to share your thoughts on this episode with us, or share how you are holding up with everything going on— you can text or leave us a voicemail at: 858-255-1770
    DISCLAIMER: Listening to a podcast is not a substitute for getting real help. The show is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical and/or mental health advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified mental health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or mental health needs.
    And if you really need help now:
    Text the Crisis Text Line: text the word HOME to 741-751
    1-800-Life-Net if you want or need to talk to someone right now.
    Pandemic Check In is produced by Western Sound and Brooklyn Minds.

    • 26 min
    Things on our minds recently: anti-racism, safe sex and COVID brain?

    Things on our minds recently: anti-racism, safe sex and COVID brain?

    Host Ben Adair is joined by Owen Muir M.D., Michelle Bernabe RN, and Dr. Will Osei from Brooklyn Minds to talk about practicing safe sex , the effects of COVID-19 on the brain, and racism within our communities. 

    Additionally, we’d like to address our own privilege and provide resources for our non-Black listeners to better understand the roles we play in systemic racism and the roles we can play in supporting the fight against it. We acknowledge that we have a lot of work to do ourselves as a team and in our effort to do so, we’re highlighting Aware-LA, an organization focused on organizing and educating White people on anti-racism.   

    Here is the link to a very cool toolbox they’ve created to help us understand and do the work:  https://www.awarela.org/our-models

    Here is the link to NYC Gov's Safer Sex and Covid-19 Guidelines: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/covid-sex-guidance.pdf
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    If you want to share your thoughts on this episode with us, or share how you are holding up with everything going on— you can text or leave us a voicemail at: 858-255-1770
    DISCLAIMER: Listening to a podcast is not a substitute for getting real help. The show is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical and/or mental health advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified mental health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or mental health needs.
    And if you really need help now:
    Text the Crisis Text Line: text the word HOME to 741-751
    1-800-Life-Net if you want or need to talk to someone right now.
    Pandemic Check In is produced by Western Sound and Brooklyn Minds.

    • 31 min
    Isolation and finding community after surviving COVID-19

    Isolation and finding community after surviving COVID-19

    Host Ben Adair is joined by Owen Muir M.D., Lauren Moy, and Danny Ruiz (MCH-LP) From Brooklyn Minds to speak with guest Fiona Lowenstein on the ways that we all can better support COVID-19 survivors.. Fiona is a journalist and a foundering member of Body Politics- a queer feminist wellness collective.

    support group: https://www.wearebodypolitic.com/covid19

    body politic: https://www.wearebodypolitic.com/

    Together they answer questions related to feelings of isolation, the effects of COVID-19 on the brain, trauma response and how to focus energy on radical acceptance.

    Additionally, we want to highlight a Twitter thread that we saw recently posted by @mayarichrdsun in light of the sweeping acknowledgment of racial bias within the police and society happening all over the country after the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other Black folks. We understand that at this time, the Black community is struggling with grief, anger, anxiety, exhaustion, etc., which is why we are boosting maya's post highlighting mental health orgs specifically for the Black community.  You can click the link below to check them out. 

    twitter: https://twitter.com/mayarichardsun/status/1265676677549559809

    If you want to share your thoughts on this episode with us, or share how you are holding up with everything going on— you can text or leave us a voicemail at: 858-255-1770

    DISCLAIMER: Listening to a podcast is not a substitute for getting real help. The show is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical and/or mental health advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified mental health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or mental health needs.

    And if you really need help now:

    Text the Crisis Text Line: text the word HOME to 741-751

    1-800-Life-Net if you want or need to talk to someone right now.

    Pandemic Check In is produced by Western Sound and Brooklyn Minds.

    • 36 min
    Managing anxiety by being in your body— breathing techniques, routines and tips for kids!

    Managing anxiety by being in your body— breathing techniques, routines and tips for kids!

    The Pandemic Check-in team is joined this week by Paul Vincent, a celebrity trainer and founder of Altus Sports Institute that specializes in health and well-being. Paul shares some breathing/body techniques that he has learned through years of training with various indigenous cultures that reduce anxiety and help get you ready for a restful sleep.

    Paul's biggest tip to stay healthy during this time— a strong morning and bedtime routine that shifts your energy between resting and becoming active and vice versa!

    Also if you have kids, Paul's advice is to make stretching fun by acting like different animals and then shake it all off with a big dance party to expend some energy!

    As always, we want to hear from you. Was this advice helpful? What happened when you tried it out? Is there a way that you are coping that we have not discussed that you think would help others or are you struggling with something and want to discuss it with us?

    You can text or leave us a voicemail at: 858-255-1770

    DISCLAIMER: Listening to a podcast is not a substitute for getting real help. The show is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical and/or mental health advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified mental health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or mental health needs.

    And if you really need help now:

    Text the Crisis Text Line: text the word HOME to 741-751

    1-800-Life-Net if you want or need to talk to someone right now.

    Pandemic Check In is produced by Western Sound and Brooklyn Minds.

    • 26 min
    A guide to situations you may encounter during COVID-19— masks, family confrontation and more!

    A guide to situations you may encounter during COVID-19— masks, family confrontation and more!

    Are you anxious about states opening up? Well, host Ben Adair is joined by Dr. Owen Muir MD and Michelle Bernabe RN from Brooklyn Minds to discuss reopening anxieties. In this episode, the team role-plays scenarios ranging from confronting an individual not wearing a mask to speaking with family members who may have different opinions on safety than you.

    The biggest take aways— SHAME SHUTS PEOPLE DOWN, so try and engage when a meaningful conversation can happen!

    Remember, this show is all about you and we want to hear how you are coping and what you are struggling with!

    You can text or leave us a voicemail at: 858-255-1770

    DISCLAIMER: Listening to a podcast is not a substitute for getting real help. The show is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical and/or mental health advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified mental health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or mental health needs.

    And if you really need help now:

    Text the Crisis Text Line: text the word HOME to 741-751

    1-800-Life-Net if you want or need to talk to someone right now.

    Pandemic Check In is produced by Western Sound and Brooklyn Minds.

    • 33 min

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