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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
    • 4.8 • 34 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.

    Depression and Grief: I Feel Numb

    Depression and Grief: I Feel Numb

    The series on grief continues and on this episode they explore the stage of depression and feeling numb. They both share how they experience feeling numb and the disconnect that comes with it. They talk about how some people pull away during this stage, differences between depression and introversion and how all these stages do eventually get better.

    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

    • 24 min
    F**k It: Anger and Grief

    F**k It: Anger and Grief

    *This episode of “In The Open” contains explicit language*

    Theresa and America continue their series on grief and in this episode they focus in on anger. There is a discussion on when they both get to the attitude of just “f**k it” and when they respond to anger. They talk about how they process anger individually, how they attempt to move past it and all the experiences across the anger spectrum.

    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

    • 24 min
    Bargaining: It’s Better On The Other Side

    Bargaining: It’s Better On The Other Side

    Last time they talked about the stage of denial and in this episode Theresa and America go over the bargaining space. They talk about two sides of bargaining: wishing you were somewhere else and processing through it to alleviate the guilt. There is a discussion about acceptance and why bargaining isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

    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

    • 18 min
    Denial: It’s Never Going To Get Better

    Denial: It’s Never Going To Get Better

    America and Theresa start a new series on grief and on this episode it is about the stage of denial. There is a focus on the trap of thinking things aren’t ever going to get better when experiencing grief. They talk about the grieving process and control, when avoidance can be helpful and hurtful and how it’s hard to move past denial when you haven’t allowed yourself to be sad and grieve.

    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

    • 24 min
    Dealing With Mental Health At Work

    Dealing With Mental Health At Work

    Theresa and America talk about managing how to live with a mental health condition and how you can deal with it in the workplace. How do you disclose that you’re struggling with your mental health because it could possibly affect your work? They get into the specifics. Focus on your work environment, find a co-worker you can talk with honestly and familiarize yourself with your company’s policy on mental health.

    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

    • 25 min
    Am I Broken?

    Am I Broken?

    Am I Broken? Theresa and America have asked themselves this question and it’s something they’ve had to work through, so they navigate through these intrusive thoughts. They talk about how these thoughts make you feel like an outsider and even wonder if they’ll ever be “normal.” There is a conversation about self-worth, how being broken doesn’t mean you have to stay broken and how Theresa helped heal through the metaphor of the “broken vase.”

    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

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 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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