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Mental Health Association Oklahoma created The Mental Health Download podcast to share stories each week about mental illness, homelessness, incarceration and suicide, and how each can impact our lives in a profound way.

Mental health affects everyone, yet the social stigma attached to mental health issues keeps so many of our family members, friends, colleagues and neighbors silent.

Why are we so afraid to talk about these issues?

Each week, our host Adi McCasland invites guests to share how mental illness, suicide, homelessness and incarceration have affected their work or lives.

Mental Health Download: Exploring Mental Illness, Suicide, Homelessness and Incarceration MHAOK

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    • 4.8 • 29 Ratings

Mental Health Association Oklahoma created The Mental Health Download podcast to share stories each week about mental illness, homelessness, incarceration and suicide, and how each can impact our lives in a profound way.

Mental health affects everyone, yet the social stigma attached to mental health issues keeps so many of our family members, friends, colleagues and neighbors silent.

Why are we so afraid to talk about these issues?

Each week, our host Adi McCasland invites guests to share how mental illness, suicide, homelessness and incarceration have affected their work or lives.

    Dr. Robin Aupperle, Elisabeth Akeman and Dr. Hannah Berg talk about their work at Laureate Institute for Brain Research

    Dr. Robin Aupperle, Elisabeth Akeman and Dr. Hannah Berg talk about their work at Laureate Institute for Brain Research

    Today, I am talking with Dr. Robin Aupperle, Elisabeth Akeman and Dr. Hannah Berg 

     

    Aupperle is is a licensed clinical psychologist and Principal Investigator at Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR) and Associate Professor at the University of Tulsa. Her research uses neuroimaging and behavioral measures to better understand approach-avoidance decision-making and mechanisms and predictors of psychological treatments for mood, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders. 

     

    Akeman is a Licensed Professional Counselor currently serving as Lead Therapist and Clinical Research Coordinator for Dr. Aupperle’s treatment outcome studies at Laureate Institute for Brain Research. Her clinical training includes evidence-based interventions for anxiety, mood, and substance-use disorders with extensive training and experience in Behavioral Activation and exposure-based therapies. 

     

    Berg is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at Laureate Institute for Brain Research. Her research investigates clinical anxiety from a decision-making perspective, with the goal of contributing brain-based insights that improve the conceptualization and treatment of psychopathology. Her clinical training includes evidence-based interventions for anxiety, mood, eating disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. 

     

     

    I am thrilled to have all three of them on today, and I hope you find the conversation as fascinating as I did.

    • 25 min
    Carolyn Burns, LCSW from the School of Social Work OU Online Campus discusses trauma and its effects on the brain

    Carolyn Burns, LCSW from the School of Social Work OU Online Campus discusses trauma and its effects on the brain

    We spoke with Carolyn Burns, an instructor and field faculty liaison for the School of Social Work at the University of Oklahoma Online Campus. Carolyn is licensed clinical social worker who has practiced therapy for more than eighteen years. Additionally, with more than twenty-three years of social work experience, her career has spanned from public housing to owning a private practice. She has a passion for working with the lower income, marginalized population – particularly adolescents, as well as working with people who have experienced extreme trauma. 

     

    Carolyn was a presenter at the 2023 Zarrow Mental Health Symposium: New Horizons in Brain Science, where she delivered a fascinating presentation called This is Your Brain On Trauma. 

     

    You can hear a little bit about that talk here. A quick, but important warning: This episode talks about physical and sexual abuse. While it’s important dialogue to have, we understand that it could be difficult for some listeners.



    We hope you enjoy this conversation with Carolyn Burns and find it as valuable as we did. If you or someone you love is struggling with your mental health, please call one of our free mental health assistance center lines at 405.943.3700 or 918.585.1213, or contact us via www.mhaok.org. If you are in an immediate mental health crisis, please call or text 988. It is available to anyone 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. Additionally, Oklahoma’s Victim Services 24-hour Safeline is available to anyone enduring abuse by calling 1.800.522.SAFE or 1.800.522.7233. 

    • 46 min
    Juli Leber and Emily McPherson from Healthy Minds Policy Initiative

    Juli Leber and Emily McPherson from Healthy Minds Policy Initiative

    Today, I am talking with Julie Leiber and Emily McPherson, Mental Health Policy Fellows at Healthy Minds Policy Initiative.  

     

    Emily is researching methamphetamine overdose and harm reduction, and Julie has been focusing on programs of assertive community treatment. Together, they were also Zarrow Mental Health Symposium presenters at last year’s event, New Horizons in Brain Science, during which they used Tulsa, Oklahoma as a case study. Their presentation explored treatment models and community partnerships that addressed rising rates of methamphetamine use. It also spoke to how harm reduction and contingency management show how pathways in the brain are being used and strengthened to reduce overdose deaths. 

    • 21 min
    Zarrow Mental Health Symposium: Cheryl Step on ACEs and the impact of trauma in youth

    Zarrow Mental Health Symposium: Cheryl Step on ACEs and the impact of trauma in youth

    Today, I am talking with Cheryl Step, founder and owner of Creating Resilience: a training and consulting company. 

    Cheryl has extensive knowledge on the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences, known as ACEs, as well as experience training and coaching about the impact of trauma. She speaks expertly on the framework of strategies that build a foundation to respond and empower people to create collective well-being. Cheryl also consults with leadership to build trauma-informed agencies. Previously, she was a school counselor for seventeen years.  

    Cheryl is a licensed professional counselor and Nationally-Board Certified Counselor who is certified in Traumatic Stress Studies and Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competence (also known as ARC) Trauma Treatment for Children and Adolescence.

    Additionally, Cheryl was one of our 2023 Zarrow Mental Health Symposium presenters.

    • 36 min
    Zarrow Mental Health Symposium: Carly Dunn on NEAR Sciences and ACES

    Zarrow Mental Health Symposium: Carly Dunn on NEAR Sciences and ACES

    This week’s episode is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma, who invests in and partners with nonprofit organizations that offer sustainable, measurable programs that strive to elevate the health and well-being of all Oklahomans. 

    Today, I am talking with Carly Dunn, a 4th year PhD student in the Human Development and Family Science Department at Oklahoma State University, and a graduate research associate at the Center for Family Resilience. 

    Carly helps coordinate the Oklahoma NEAR Science training community and works on school-based prevention projects to provide quality technical and research assistance to districts working to enhance mental and behavioral health efforts for students, families, and staff.  

    Additionally, Carly is one of our 2023 Zarrow Mental Health Symposium presenters.

    I am thrilled to have Carly Dunn on today, and I hope you enjoy the dialogue surrounding NEAR Science and ACEs.

    • 51 min
    Zarrow Mental Health Symposium: Susan Magsamen, author of NYT Bestseller Your Brain on Art

    Zarrow Mental Health Symposium: Susan Magsamen, author of NYT Bestseller Your Brain on Art

    Today, I am speaking with Susan Magsamen, founder and executive director of the International Arts & Mind Lab, Center for Applied Neuroaesthetics - a pioneering initiative from the Pedersen Brain Science Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is also an assistant professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins and serves as the co-director of the NeuroArts Blueprint Initiative in partnership with the Aspen Institute.

    Susan’s is the co-author of the New York Times bestseller, Your Brain on Art: How the Arts Transform Us. It is a journey through the science of neuroaesthetics that offers proof of how our brains and bodies are transformed when we participate in the arts and aesthetic experiences.

    • 36 min

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Please talk about how the mental health care system is broken and structured to only help those who can pay top dollar.
State funded care is a joke, counselors negligence, doctors over prescribing medications and the cost of alternative medicine ( which isn’t covered by insurance) being so high.

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Great podcast! Interesting and informative

As a podcast host, of a small nonprofit company, I stumbled upon this podcast and I really enjoy it. The program is informative and interesting. The variety of the guests is great and I find the content relatable because they tackle issues that are relative to our social needs. Thank you to this podcast for sharing with us!

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