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Erik DaRosa and Marc Fernandes, two men who are candid and vulnerable about their own mental health struggles, are upending the front-end of the mental health space. Each week, they tackle different mental health topics through honest and relatable “kitchen table” conversations with real people who are helping to shatter mental health stigmas and find their voices. We aim to normalize discussions around mental health topics and remind our audience they are not alone, there is strength in community and "it's perfectly ok to not always be ok."

From Survivor to Thriver Erik DaRosa & Marc Fernandes

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 60 Ratings

Erik DaRosa and Marc Fernandes, two men who are candid and vulnerable about their own mental health struggles, are upending the front-end of the mental health space. Each week, they tackle different mental health topics through honest and relatable “kitchen table” conversations with real people who are helping to shatter mental health stigmas and find their voices. We aim to normalize discussions around mental health topics and remind our audience they are not alone, there is strength in community and "it's perfectly ok to not always be ok."

    Breaking Free: A Journey from Abuse to Empowerment

    Breaking Free: A Journey from Abuse to Empowerment

    For someone who is in the depths of an abusive relationship, it can be hard to make sense of what’s happening. But the impacts on your life, and your mental health, can be profound. 
    In this episode of From Survivor to Thriver, we had the great honor of sitting down with Nikki La Croce, who experienced an abusive relationship that changed her life. She discusses the growth that came from this hard situation and also delves into the mental health challenges that people in the LGBTQ community face and how we can all become more open-minded and accepting people. 
    In early 2021, Nikki La Croce experienced what she now refers to as her “personal armageddon”, as she left a decade-long abusive relationship and simultaneously was faced with the unexpected loss of her mother amidst the peak of the pandemic.  
    Navigating these events and being forced to cope with two very different types of grief at once, Nikki’s perspective on mental health, personal growth, and healing through trauma shifted drastically. 
    She has always felt strongly about the importance of human connection and thanks to a tremendous amount of support from her family, friends and her therapist, she made the decision to return to the mic to share her own story in May 2022. 
    Now, you can catch new episodes of Who The F*ck? every week to hear guests from all over the globe share their unique stories of resilience, gratitude and their missions to make meaningful change in the world. 
    Nikki sees the continued growth of her show as a way to help others feel seen and heard, so they can learn how to prioritize their well-being and find the inner peace we all deserve.  
    In today’s episode, we cover: 
    The power of a strong support systemThe gaslighting and manipulation Nikki endured in her previous relationshipThe impact - good or bad- that your partner can have on your life Why boundaries matter so muchHow low self-esteem can impact your view on the love you think you deserveThe growth that can happen after leaving abusive situationsThe mental health struggles within the LGBTQ community Embracing an open-minded approach to lifeLiving your truth  We hope you enjoyed our conversation with Nikki! If you want to learn more from her, make sure to visit her website and check out her show. You can also follow her on Instagram and LinkedIn. 
    Thanks again for tuning in. We are so grateful to each and every one of you. Please remember to leave a rating and review of our show. It helps us grow and reach those who need it. Also, make sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode! 
    Links: 
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    Get in touch: amgits.reverse@gmail.com
    “Your responsibility is to yourself and to be honest with yourself. And the only way you're going to live a happy, fulfilling

    • 1 hr 11 min
    The Warrior Within: Navigating Bipolar Disorder

    The Warrior Within: Navigating Bipolar Disorder

    Imagine the weight of command in combat intertwined with the silent battle of mental illness. 
    In this episode of From Survivor to Thriver, we sat down with General Gregg Martin, who fought a tremendous battle with bipolar disorder all while navigating an accomplished career in the military.
    Gregg is sharing his story of resilience in the face of a disorder that pushed him into profound mania and deep depression. He is now passionate about helping shatter the stigma around bipolar disorder so that anyone struggling with this illness can stop suffering in silence and get the treatment that can change the trajectory of their lives. 
    Gregg Martin, PhD. is a retired major general and a 36-year Army combat veteran, celebrated for his remarkable career commanding engineer units and holding prestigious roles such as president of the National Defense University, and commander of Fort Leonard Wood. 
    An accomplished author, his book “BIPOLAR GENERAL: My Forever War with Mental Illness” candidly shares his journey. With advanced degrees from MIT, the Naval War College, and the Army War College, Gregg’s indomitable spirit offers hope and inspiration to others, while he finds strength and joy alongside his wife in Cocoa Beach, Florida.  
    In today’s episode, we cover: 
    Gregg’s experience with bipolar disorder while serving in the militaryWhat happened when his disorder became out of control How your self-perception shifts when you are manic versus depressedGregg’s journey to getting his diagnosis and how it helped him begin his recoveryWhy we have to get rid of the stigma around getting helpThe power medication and treatment have to turn your life around How important hope is during your healing journey How people perceive mental illnessHow we can begin to normalize the conversations around mental healthWe hope you enjoyed our conversation with General Gregg! If you want to learn more from him, make sure to visit his website and get a copy of his book. You can also follow him on LinkedIn. 
    Thanks again for tuning in. We are so grateful to each and every one of you. Please remember to leave a rating and review of our show. It helps us grow and reach those who need it. Also, make sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode! 
    Links: 
    Visit his website 
    Connect with him on LinkedIn
    Visit our website
    Follow us on Facebook
    Follow us on Instagram
    Get in touch: amgits.reverse@gmail.com
    “Without help for mental illness, a person is probably going to go down a road of destruction and even death. But if they do get help, professional medical help, there are treatments available that can lead to a happy, purposeful, healthy life.” -Gregg
    “Illness or disease and injury in your brain are not the same things.” -Marc 
    “There is no weakness in being vulnerable.” -Erik 

    • 1 hr 16 min
    The Healing Power of Animals

    The Healing Power of Animals

    According to statistics, mental health challenges are on the rise, which means it’s more important than ever that we find healing methods that work for us.
    In this episode of From Survivor to Thriver, we sat down with Michael Overlie to discuss the healing power of having pets. There is a strong bond and connection between a man and his dog, and we are exploring how that bond can be a profound healing tool for anyone struggling with their mental health. 
    Michael Overlie is the Founder of Save Two, a Colorado-based non-profit whose mission is to save the lives of both Dogs and Men, help them connect deeply to begin to heal their wounds and teach them skills to navigate this world and live better lives.
    It all came about through Michael’s individual lived experiences and those shared with his dogs, especially Sage, the loving creature who saved Michael’s life when he was a 12-year-old boy. Today, his days are spent saving lives on both ends of the leash.  
    In today’s episode, we cover: 
    Why the connection between man and dog can be so strongThe power animals have to sense when you are struggling What energy healing feels like and how animals can be energy healersWhy dogs bring a sense of belonging and home How dogs can read our energy and nudge us toward necessary changeThe acceptance and nurturing men can receive from dogs Why pets can help us become better versions of ourselves How dogs can be mirrors for usWhy Michael decided to work with men and dogs The power of speaking up about your mental health How pets can be our familiars (like Erik’s cat that he named after Taylor Swift!)We hope you enjoyed our conversation with Michael! If you’d like to learn more about Save Two, you can find more information on the website. You can also connect with Michael on LinkedIn and check out his book Let Your Dog Lead here. 
    Thanks again for tuning in. We are so grateful to each and every one of you. Please remember to leave a rating and review of our show. It helps us grow and reach those who need it. Also, make sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode! 
    Links: 
    Visit Michael’s website
    Get a copy of Let Your Dog Lead
    You can get a copy of the book he co-authored
    Connect with Michael on LinkedIn
     
    Visit our website
    Follow us on Facebook
    Follow us on Instagram
    Get in touch: amgits.reverse@gmail.com
    “Underneath everything that we do, we just have the desire to feel safe and loved, and dogs are just safe.” - Michael 
    “I had an animal but I didn’t realize how much healing that animal could provide in the moment.” -Erik 
    “The reason we so often have this vision of life is going to be sunshine and rainbows and riding unicorns is we sell ourselves that to make ourselve

    • 1 hr 16 min
    A True Thriver: Louise Ashby’s Story of Triumph Over Tragedy

    A True Thriver: Louise Ashby’s Story of Triumph Over Tragedy

    What if your darkest moment became the source of your greatest strength?
    In this episode of From Survivor to Thriver, we spoke with Louise Ashby who experienced a traumatic brain injury that changed the trajectory of her life. 
    She’s sharing what happened during and after that fateful day that she got in a car accident and how she learned to take that experience and use it to help others instead of letting it defeat her. 
    Louise is a thriver and she embodies the true nature of the human spirit and what we can overcome. 
    Louise Ashby is an actress, model, motivational speaker, TEDx speaker, activist, and best-selling author of The Magic of the Mask. At the age of 21, after losing her mother Lynda to cancer, she moved to LA only to see her dreams of an acting career sidelined six weeks later when a near-fatal car accident tore off half of her face and left her with a traumatic brain injury. Not only was she able to endure the 238 metal bolts and plates, 28 reconstructive surgeries, and years of both physical and mental healing work, but she also embraced the new opportunities that came with it. 
    She attributes her healing and return to her life to the tools and practices she had to develop in order to do what the doctors said wasn’t possible. Today, Louise believes that everyone has the strength and courage to overcome adversity and achieve their goals.
    With her expertise as a Transformational and Mindset mentor, she helps women tap into their true potential and discover the amazing gifts that come with tough times. 
    In today’s episode, we cover: 
    The traumatic injury that changed Louise’s lifeThe power of surrounding yourself with good people when going through challengesHow this experience impacted Louise’s sense of self and mental healthWhy who you are as a person matters more than anything else How Louise takes her experience and uses it to help others The importance of surrender and acceptance The gift of asking someone for help How your community can help you heal  We hope you enjoyed our conversation with Louise! If you want to learn more, make sure to visit her website and check out her resources there. You can also follow her on social media and get a copy of her book Magic of the Mask. 
    Thanks again for tuning in. We are so grateful to each and every one of you. Please remember to leave a rating and review of our show. It helps us grow and reach those who need it. Also, make sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode! 
    Links: 
    Visit Louise’s website 
    Follow her on LinkedIn
    Follow her on Instagram
    Get a copy of Magic of the Mask
    Visit our website
    Follow us on Facebook
    Follow us on Instagram
    Get in touch: amgits.reverse@gmail.com
    “When you surrender to the situation and you accept it, then you can move on from it. But if you haven't surrendered, then you're fighting it and you can’t move on.” -Louise 
    “Who you are as a person altogether is so much more important than anything else in the l

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Dodging Asteroids While Running Too Fast with Joe Tlustos

    Dodging Asteroids While Running Too Fast with Joe Tlustos

    Do you or someone you know struggle with addiction? 
    In this episode of From Survivor to Thriver, we sat down with Joe Tlustos to talk about how his mental health struggles turned into multiple addictions that greatly impacted his life.
    Joe shares the story of how he learned to slow down, accept himself for who he is, and get the help he needed. Through his journey, he learned that the opposite of addiction isn’t sobriety, it’s actually connection. He now helps people struggling with addiction connect with someone who can help them slow down and kick the addiction for good. 
    Joe Tlustos is a peer coach for Face It TOGETHER, an addiction wellness nonprofit. Joe has extensive personal and coaching experience with addiction and mental health conditions having suffered from multiple addictions (including opioids, alcohol and others) for more than 20 years, mainly due to undiagnosed Bipolar Disorder II, severe depression, anxiety and adult ADHD. 
    He voluntarily entered inpatient treatment in November of 2008 and has been in recovery ever since. 
    Today, he’s experienced as a coach and a peer in a place where highly creative talent, mental health and addiction intersect.  
    In today’s episode, we cover: 
    What it’s like struggling with mental health issues before people understood themThe rareness of true authenticity in the mental health spaceJoe’s experience in the radio business and how it impacted his mental healthWhen Joe started suffering from multiple addictionsThe moment Joe knew he couldn’t do it by himself anymore and he needed help The honesty it takes to kick an addictionThe importance of slowing down when you are struggling with your mental health Why the opposite of addiction isn’t sobriety, it’s connection Why you have to change the way you think if you are ready to find your way out of addiction The power of hope We hope you enjoyed our conversation with Joe! If you want to learn more from him or get some help, make sure to visit the Face It TOGETHER website. You can also follow them on Instagram.  
    Thanks again for tuning in. We are so grateful to each and every one of you. Please remember to leave a rating and review of our show. It helps us grow and reach those who need it. Also, make sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode! 
    Links: 
    Visit Joe’s website: https://www.wefaceittogether.org 
    Follow Face It TOGETHER on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/faceittogether/ 
    Visit our website: https://fromsurvivortothriver.com/
    Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brushcreekthrivers
    Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brushcreekthrivers/
    Get in touch: amgits.reverse@gmail.com
    Quotes: 
    “The first thing I had to do when I wanted to kick the addiction was learn honesty.” -Joe 


    “The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection.” - Joe 


    “Mental health journeys are marathons. They aren’t sprints.” - Erik 
    “We’re not going to change our behavior and how we feel if we don’t change how we think and operate.” - Marc 

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Beyond the Diagnosis: Chris Glatis' Journey from Anxiety to Healing

    Beyond the Diagnosis: Chris Glatis' Journey from Anxiety to Healing

    If you’ve been diagnosed with a mental health disorder like anxiety or depression. It can be easy to let that define you, but that is a roadblock to healing. It’s important that we remember that we are more than our diagnoses. 
    Our guest Chris Glatis has struggled with anxiety and panic attacks since a young age and tried many things to feel better. In this episode of From Survivor to Thriver, he’s sharing his story and how he learned to understand that he is not broken and healing is possible.
    Chris Glatis is an award-winning filmmaker and lifelong seeker who was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder soon after entering college. Motivated to overcome what he initially saw as a weakness, Chris devoted himself to learning how humans heal. 
    He’s tried it all, from silent meditations on mountaintops to Native American sweat lodges, psychotherapy, men’s groups, yogis, trauma work, and creative projects that explore characters who, despite deep, psycho-spiritual struggles, are ultimately redeemed. 
    By sharing his own journey in his book When Your Mind Screams, he demonstrates how what was once his greatest weakness is now his greatest teacher.  
    In today’s episode, we cover: 
    When Chris had his first panic attack and realized he needed help The reality of what it’s like to have a panic attackThe connection between anxiety and OCDThe fear of fear and how it can impact your life The shame around anxiety The connection between addictions and mental health issuesHow breathwork can help lower your anxiety The problem with labeling people with mental health disordersWhy we don’t have to feel happy all the timeWhat catastrophizing is and why it’s so hard for people with anxiety to deal withThe importance of healing your inner child We hope you enjoyed our conversation with Chris! If you want to learn more from him, you can visit his website, follow him on Instagram, and get a copy of his book When Your Mind Screams.
    Thanks again for tuning in. We are so grateful to each and every one of you. Please remember to leave a rating and review of our show. It helps us grow and reach those who need it. Also, make sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode! 
    Links: 
    Visit Chris’s website 
    Follow Chris on Instagram
    Get a copy of Chris’s book
    Visit our website
    Follow us on Facebook
    Follow us on Instagram
    Get in touch: amgits.reverse@gmail.com
    Quotes: 
    “We don't necessarily love the idea of the names of a diagnosis, but initially, there can be this incredible comfort in knowing, oh, this isn't just me. This is the thing people have, and it’s just been rattling around in my brain.” -Marc 
    “We need to start showing that the message around mental health is one of hopefulness and helpfulness.” -Erik 
    “The ability for you to feel your deepest pain is going to allow you to feel your highest joy.” -Chris 

    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
60 Ratings

60 Ratings

Caley Rose ,

Mental health warriors

I love the connection, camaraderie, and honesty of Erik and Mark, and the way they dive deep into mental health topics! Thank you for your podcast and the important subject matter you tackle

Susangoldismagical ,

From the heart and getting real…

Erik and his co-host, Marc, are authentic in their focus of bringing forth conversations around mental health. Their candor based on their own journeys deep into self discovery resonate with each conversation they produce and we are no longer alone! Soothe your soul with connection here and appreciate men who can be vulnerable and real.

$ki Monkey ,

Mental health is healthy to talk about!

Great podcast to hear from a wide variety of guests about mental health and sports. The hosts bring a great deal of experience to the table along with some humor.

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