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Can+Did is a podcast of TN Voices about mental health, featuring stories of people who have overcome mental health challenges, as well as those who have helped people overcome mental health challenges. This podcast is about authenticity, and is intended to give a voice to those who are passionate about mental well being. We hope that by sharing stories, listeners will understand mental health, how important it is and help us reduce stigma. We want you to know that so many who have struggled with mental health CAN and DID overcome their challenges. If you are struggling, you can too.

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Can+Did is a podcast of TN Voices about mental health, featuring stories of people who have overcome mental health challenges, as well as those who have helped people overcome mental health challenges. This podcast is about authenticity, and is intended to give a voice to those who are passionate about mental well being. We hope that by sharing stories, listeners will understand mental health, how important it is and help us reduce stigma. We want you to know that so many who have struggled with mental health CAN and DID overcome their challenges. If you are struggling, you can too.

    Rekindling Joy: A Guided Meditation

    Rekindling Joy: A Guided Meditation

    This guided meditation is intended to help you connect to deep joy that you may be missing, because you may have been in a state of languishing. Languishing means "to suffer from being forced to remain in an unpleasant situation." Some say this has been a dominant emotion in the past year. After all that we have been through, languishing may feel like you're looking at life through a foggy lens.

    Maybe you lack motivation, or have a hard time with focus. 2020 and 2021 have been unprecedented times for people, with so much change to our daily norms that we've experienced prolonged distress. Maybe you find yourself struggling with a block, feeling you lack excitement, you cannot connect to people like you used to, or you miss your joy. In this guided meditation, we will build a defense against the languishing by guiding our thoughts toward celebration.

    This celebration will focus on things we can acknowledge and recognize in our life that we can cling to and experience joy. In these moments, we will walk away from languishing and walk toward flourishing to rekindle joy.

    • 7 min
    STORY OF HOPE: From Languishing to Flourishing

    STORY OF HOPE: From Languishing to Flourishing

    TN Voices is pleased to release this impactful and instructional video “Story of Hope: From Languishing to Flourishing,” along with a mental health toolkit, available NOW on TNVoices.org. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, TN Voices has been able to assist those in need for as little as FREE. This video and toolkit are crucial to ensure that no Tennessean goes without the mental health support they desperately need. Story of Hope, additionally released on Facebook LIVE and YouTube, is a 20 minute educational show that provides practical tools to move from languishing to flourishing, bring hope, and seek continual support to expand our reach to serve more Tennesseans. Along with the video and this episode, TN Voices is releasing FREE resources including:
    A downloadable summary of Languishing to FlourishingAn online library including ebooks, audiobooks and fact sheetsThe CAN+DID podcastA guided meditation titled Rekindling Joy with visualsAn audio only version of that same meditationThe public is encouraged to take advantage of these FREE, informative resources. The video is produced in partnership with TN Voices and GSF Media, and TN Voices would like to thank the following generous sponsors who made this video possible:

    Silver Level
    Omni Family Services & Community Health
    ServisFirst Bank

    Bronze Level
    Dollar General
    Lamar Advertising
    Supporting Sponsors

    Edward Jones
    Elemental Technology Solutions
    HCA Healthcare/TriStar Health
    Tito’s Handmade Vodka

    TN Voices Sponsor
    Vanderbilt Behavioral Health

    Those wishing to donate to TN Voices can log onto TNVoices.org/Donate. Tennessee residents unemployed or without insurance and in need of mental health services can contact the TN Voices Hope Fund hotline at 615.269.7751. Tennesseans who need mental health support services can contact staff at 1.800.670.9882. Those who would like information on mental health advocacy in Tennessee, and to receive updates from us can email TN Voices at TVC@TNVoices.org to join our mailing list. For a full list of mental health resources, log onto TNVoices.org.

    • 37 min
    Antwan Cook

    Antwan Cook

    In this episode, Cohost Will Voss talks with his barber about the mental health connection that happens in the styling chair. Not only can a barber provide necessary human touch, but some of the deepest and most meaningful conversations can occur when someone is in a vulnerable position with the expert in charge of their appearance. Voss talks with his celebrated barber, entrepreneur and musician Antwan Cook of Legends' Club Nashville. Settle in as we get CAN+DID with the specialist who keeps our host looking sharp.

    • 1 hr
    Kelly Barclay

    Kelly Barclay

    In this episode, Host Rikki Harris talks with her hair stylist about the mental health connection that happens in the styling chair. Not only can a stylist provide necessary human touch, but some of the deepest and most meaningful conversations can occur when someone is in a vulnerable position with the expert in charge of their appearance. Harris talks with her renowned hairstylist Kelly Barclay of Wild Iris Salon. Settle in as we get CAN+DID with a specialist who keeps our host beautiful.

    • 33 min
    Bill Fondren

    Bill Fondren

    In this episode, CAN+DID hosts Rikki Harris and Will Voss talk with Bill Fondren, who has Bipolar 2 Disorder, along with symptoms of anxiety, ADD, and OCD. Fondren is 52 years old, was diagnosed with BP2 at age 33, and believes that it first started affecting him when he was 18. But at age 18, Fondren says he couldn't articulate what he was experiencing. So, he just toughed it out. Fondren says he felt awful much of the time, but never became addicted to alcohol or drugs. He drank occasionally, but self-medicating was not an issue.
    Fondren was formally diagnosed in 2002 at a psych hospital/treatment center called The Meadows in Wickenburg, AZ. His experience at The Meadows changed the trajectory of his life. Fondren says he finally had a semi-firm grip on what was going on. Things haven't been perfect since his diagnosis, as he has continued to learn more about how his diagnosis affects him. But Fondren is able to tread water because he says he has a strong self-awareness, and his wife is quick to point things out to him.
    Fondren and his wife Mimi have lived in Nashville since late 1995. He has worked in radio off and on as a DJ, traffic reporter, and interview host. Currently, Fondren is doing voice-over work and writing a memoir on his mental health experiences. Today, he gets CAN+DID.

    • 43 min
    Faith, Recovery and Mental Health

    Faith, Recovery and Mental Health

    In this episode, TN Voices CEO Rikki Harris and COO Will Voss talk with Monty Burks, PhD, CPRS, Director of Faith Based Initiatives for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. The three discuss how faith, in whatever form that may take, has not only given them a second chance, but also given them the tools they need to help others connect to mental health and recovery. 

    • 40 min

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