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Join Mental Health America as we have open conversations about mental health. We're a group of people who want to change the way our communities talk about mental health. On this podcast, we share our lives, fight in the open, and work together to just figure things out.

In the Open mentalhealthamerica

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.7 • 41 Ratings

Join Mental Health America as we have open conversations about mental health. We're a group of people who want to change the way our communities talk about mental health. On this podcast, we share our lives, fight in the open, and work together to just figure things out.

    I Can Heal

    I Can Heal

    This is the last episode of “In The Open” and Theresa and America cover healing. They share their perspectives in just the four years they’ve been doing the podcast and the amount of growth they’ve both experienced. They reminisce on the process of opening up and how it became extensive therapy over the years, how they’ve become better equipped to set and handle boundaries and a genuine thank you to everyone that joined the podcast on this journey.
    To take a mental health screen, or to find mental health information and resources, visit mhascreening.org
    To submit questions, comments or ideas about future topics on the podcast, contact  podcast@mhanational.org

    • 26 min
    I Can Stop Being Negative

    I Can Stop Being Negative

    America and Theresa have found ways to stop themselves from being negative and they share some techniques they use when those bad feelings hit. On a scale of 1-10 they rank how positive or negative they are and where it fluctuates on that scale. They talk about accepting help, practicing awareness and stepping into the wise mind and stepping out of the irrational mind.
    To take a mental health screen, or to find mental health information and resources, visit mhascreening.org
    To submit questions, comments or ideas about future topics on the podcast, contact  podcast@mhanational.org

    • 27 min
    I Can Do Hard Things

    I Can Do Hard Things

    Theresa and America can do hard things. There is a discussion about the difficulties of putting the hard things into action; for Theresa it’s forgiveness and for America it’s letting go of control. They talk about avoiding avoidance, practicing self-kindness and starting with thankfulness.
    To take a mental health screen, or to find mental health information and resources, visit mhascreening.org
    To submit questions, comments or ideas about future topics on the podcast, contact  podcast@mhanational.org

    • 32 min
    I Can Set Boundaries

    I Can Set Boundaries

    Theresa and America talk about the process of setting boundaries and making sure people are respecting those boundaries. They both explain how boundaries can change over time and some examples of their firm and soft boundaries. They talk about prepping before setting boundaries, taking actions when boundaries are crossed and understanding where and why these boundaries exist for you and others.
    To take a mental health screen, or to find mental health information and resources, visit mhascreening.org
    To submit questions, comments or ideas about future topics on the podcast, contact  podcast@mhanational.org

    • 22 min
    I Can Forgive Myself And Others

    I Can Forgive Myself And Others

    Theresa and America feel nervous taking on this topic of forgiveness. Theresa explains why forgiveness is complex and why it’s intertwined with expectations while America battles with getting past being a grudge-holder to forgive others. They talk about how you must forgive yourself before you can forgive others, trying not to put your expectations on other people and why forgiveness doesn’t have to be the end game.
    To take a mental health screen, or to find mental health information and resources, visit mhascreening.org
    To submit questions, comments or ideas about future topics on the podcast, contact  podcast@mhanational.org

    • 27 min
    I Can Let Things Go

    I Can Let Things Go

    America and Theresa start a brand-new series which is now focused on “I Can.” Letting things go takes vulnerability and they get to the bottom of why you might be holding onto things. They talk about capacity and ability to unpack trauma, making the effort to heal and how letting go also requires celebrating success.
    To take a mental health screen, or to find mental health information and resources, visit mhascreening.org
    To submit questions, comments or ideas about future topics on the podcast, contact  podcast@mhanational.org

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

JuhLah ,

you GET me!

I am so grateful I came across this podcast. I am able to relate to EVERYTHING that these ladies discuss. It is so nice to be understood. Thank you for the amazing service you are providing by just being yourselves ☮️💚☮️

InspectorTwelve ,

Yes!

It’s one thing to read articles about various mental health issues, or watch/listen to people recite those same signs and symptoms. It’s another—and so refreshing—to hear from those living with the same concerns you have, talking about them in relatable terms. (For example, America answering back to her brain: “Dude!”) Listening to In The Open is like sitting down for lunch with friends you didn’t know you had. Each episode I’ve heard so far also serves as a reminder that none of us is the ONLY one thinking of what we’re going through.

Customer 2547 ,

The Intrusive Thoughts series ✨

Right on time (pandemic & more) in-depth exploration & vulnerable discourse - thank you, America Paredes & Theresa Nguyen ! I listen to Therapy for Black Girls often with Dr. Joy Harden which centers intergenerational trauma. Your podcast definitely adds a lot to my knowledge about mental health as a Black woman artist in the Midwest.

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