111 episodes

An honest and comprehensive discussion about guns and mental health. Two highly stigmatized cultures that have long stood across from each other, refusing to collaborate whenever tragedy strikes. That trend ends now. For firearms owners, clinicians, and the curious public. Enjoy a new podcast every Thursday! For this season, we will be mixing in traditional interviews and mental health conversations with our team of clinicians. The mental health podcast episodes will have green cover art, and the interviews will have blue background episode cover art.  

Guns and Mental Health by Walk the Talk America Walk the Talk America

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5 • 17 Ratings

An honest and comprehensive discussion about guns and mental health. Two highly stigmatized cultures that have long stood across from each other, refusing to collaborate whenever tragedy strikes. That trend ends now. For firearms owners, clinicians, and the curious public. Enjoy a new podcast every Thursday! For this season, we will be mixing in traditional interviews and mental health conversations with our team of clinicians. The mental health podcast episodes will have green cover art, and the interviews will have blue background episode cover art.  

    Ep 111: Gun Curious with David Yamane

    Ep 111: Gun Curious with David Yamane

    In this episode, we explore the world of gun culture with author David Yamane, who aims to bridge the divide between gun owners and skeptics. His book covers why guns resonate with their owners while addressing concerns about the risks they pose in some people's eyes. David highlights the efforts of Walk the Talk America and explores founder Michael Sodini's background growing up. Yamane's book speaks to gun enthusiasts, skeptics, and the curious alike. He encourages readers to embrace differ...

    • 1 hr 37 min
    Ep 110: Chemical vs Process Addictions

    Ep 110: Chemical vs Process Addictions

    Jake and the clinical podcast team talk about chemical and process addictions. Chemical addictions involve substances that latch onto parts of the brain and release an excess of dopamine, creating a dependency. Process addictions, on the other hand, involve behaviors like gambling, video games, and social media, which also release chemicals in the brain and can become addictive. This conversation highlights the importance of recognizing and addressing all types of addictions, as well as the n...

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Ep 109: Ex-CIA Nic McKinley on Brain Health and Countering Human Trafficking

    Ep 109: Ex-CIA Nic McKinley on Brain Health and Countering Human Trafficking

    Nic McKinley, a former CIA operative, talks about his inspiring transition to founding Deliver Fund - an organization dedicated to combating human trafficking.Nic shares his multifaceted journey encompassing experiences from military service to intelligence work, shedding light on how these roles have informed his approach to tackling one of today’s most pressing social issues: human trafficking. Nic also addresses the essence of brain health in maintaining mental fitness, addressing misdiagn...

    • 1 hr 38 min
    Ep 108: WTTA's $100K Fundraiser by Top Shot Chris Cheng

    Ep 108: WTTA's $100K Fundraiser by Top Shot Chris Cheng

    In this special short podcast episode, Top Shot winner Chris Cheng announces a $100,000 fundraising challenge for Walk the Talk America during Mental Health Awareness Month. Chris explains his passion for mental health and suicide prevention in the firearms community, emphasizing the need to bridge the gap between gun owners and non-gun owners. He encourages smaller donations and challenges the firearms industry to contribute. 

    • 11 min
    Ep 107: Positive Legislation for Firearms

    Ep 107: Positive Legislation for Firearms

    Michael Sodini and Kevin Berry discuss the crucial role of constructive firearm legislation and its intersection with mental health. They explore the need for laws that promote responsible storage and comprehensive firearms education and enhance mental health resources accessible to the public. They invite the audience to consider the impact of positive messaging within the firearms community, advocating for proactive solutions that support responsible gun ownership. 

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Ep 106: Guns, Guitars, and Growth with Brandon Covey

    Ep 106: Guns, Guitars, and Growth with Brandon Covey

    Brandon Covey, a licensed professional counselor (LPC), shares his journey of becoming a mental health professional and his interest in firearms. He took us through the different paths that led him to the mental health field and become an LPC. Brandon also talks about his introduction to firearms and how it led him to Walk the Talk America (WTTA). He explains his role in spreading awareness about mental health in gun shops and ranges. Brandon shares his passion for trauma therapy, partic...

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

glenn boies ,

Rational voices

Thank you for the varied, and passionate stories and observations.
Im trying to catch up and listen to all the past episodes

Glenn Boies

Michael Sodini ,

Something different!

An honest and comprehensive discussion about guns and mental health. Two highly stigmatized cultures that have long stood across from each other, refusing to collaborate whenever tragedy strikes. That trend ends now. For firearms owners, clinicians, and the curious public.

SlowFacts ,

Get your head on straight

Perspective and context are everything. WTTA brings so many voices to the table that it has sharpened my thinking.

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