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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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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.

    Zarrow Mental Health Symposium: Care for the Caregivers with Maggie Shaffer from the Alzheimer's Association

    Zarrow Mental Health Symposium: Care for the Caregivers with Maggie Shaffer from the Alzheimer's Association

    Margaret (Maggie) Shaffer is Director of Public Policy for the Alzheimer's Association. In her current professional capacity Maggie works with advocates to move forward state and federal policy issues to support research to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, and improve the care and support of caregivers. Maggie has previous experience in health and mental health policy, having spent several years researching, writing, and advocating for improved access to comprehensive, family-centered care. She is particularly passionate about furthering policies that support caregivers as she believes they play a crucial role in shaping the future of health care.

    We are excited both for Maggie’s Zarrow Symposium presentation, which will cover research on the impact caregiving has on individuals, support programs available in Oklahoma, and policy implications of providing support to caregivers, and we are excited to share today’s conversation with us here.

    • 22 min
    Community Story: Jon Haverfield on finding healing and support in the midst of tragedy

    Community Story: Jon Haverfield on finding healing and support in the midst of tragedy

    Today, we're talking with Jon Haverfield, friend and client of Mental Health Association Oklahoma.

    Jon is a native Tulsan who attended Bishop Kelley High School and the University of Oklahoma. After college Jon worked as a TV Meteorologist for 6 years including work at KJRH-TV in Tulsa as the Weekend Morning Meteorologist. During his time at Channel 2, tragedy struck, leading him to his work with MHAOK, including volunteer services and contributions to the 2018 Mental Health Awareness Campaign.

    In 2019, Jon was awarded the Award For Excellence from the National Alliance of Mental Illness. Jon has since stepped away from TV and now works as a Financial Advisor with an office in Midtown Tulsa.

    We are grateful to have Jon on, today, as he shares his story with us. It’s important to note that this conversation speaks predominantly to suicide. While it’s important dialogue to have, we understand that it could be difficult for some listeners.

    • 23 min
    Zarrow Mental Health Symposium: Exploring Adventure Therapy with Cian Brown & Evan Smarinsky

    Zarrow Mental Health Symposium: Exploring Adventure Therapy with Cian Brown & Evan Smarinsky

    Today, we're talking with Cian Brown and Evan Smarinsky, co-presenters at one of next month’s Zarrow Symposium Breakout Sessions.

    Cian is an assistant professor in the University of Oklahoma’s clinical professional counseling program. He’s a licensed professional counselor and supervisor, depending on the state. He’s also nationally certified as a counselor and board certified in neurofeedback, and has done extensive work in the adventure therapy realm.

    Evan is an assistant professor at Johnson and Wales University, as well as a licensed professional counselor in Oklahoma and a licensed mental health counselor in Rhode Island. Evan also has notable experience in the adventure therapy and play therapy realms.

    We are excited both for Cian and Evan’s Zarrow Symposium workshop, which will blend lecture and experience to highlight key components and outcomes of Adventure Therapy, as well as their conversation with us here.

    • 39 min
    A Meditation Episode: A Focus on Forgiveness with Collin Walke

    A Meditation Episode: A Focus on Forgiveness with Collin Walke

    Today, we're talking with Collin Walke, Oklahoma House Representative of District 87 and local attorney.

    Collin is a native Oklahoman, and attended Oklahoma State University before graduating magna cum laude at Oklahoma City University School of Law. A true public servant, he was a long-time volunteer with City Rescue Mission before both serving and chairing their board of directors. Additionally, Collin serves on the Oklahoma Autisim Center Foundation, as well as the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Associate Board.

    Collin is a 20+ year meditation practitioner who was inspired by his own experience to study further and begin teaching. In 2019, he and recent Mental Health Download guest, Shannon Stephens, co-founded Awake OKC - a nonprofit centered on bringing mindfulness and meditation to the community.

    We are excited to have Collin on, today, and have him lead us through a meditation centered on compassion and forgiveness.

    • 18 min
    A Meditation Episode: Finding Focus in the Chaos with Shannon Stephens

    A Meditation Episode: Finding Focus in the Chaos with Shannon Stephens

    Shannon Stephens is an Oklahoma City based yoga and meditation teacher. Shannon is a 500 hour registered yoga teacher, therapeutic specialist, and assistant teacher with the globally-recognized Yoga Medicine School. She is the owner of This Land Yoga, a yoga studio located in the heart of the Paseo Arts District in northwest Oklahoma City and co-founder of Awake OKC, a nonprofit whose mission was to bring mindfulness and meditation into the community. 

    Shannon's twenty-plus years of practicing, studying, and teaching helps her cultivate compassionate awareness, both for herself and her students, and today, she will be sharing that same awareness with us. We have a short, but valuable conversation followed by a guided meditation intended to help us find focus.

    • 16 min
    Zarrow Mental Health Symposium: Claudia Black on Family Systems & Addictive Disorders

    Zarrow Mental Health Symposium: Claudia Black on Family Systems & Addictive Disorders

    Claudia Black is the clinical architect and actively involved in the Claudia Black Young Adult Center at The Meadows. She serves as a Senior Fellow and has been a clinical consultant at The Meadows Treatment Center in Arizona since 1998.

    Claudia’s seminal work with children impacted by substance abuse in the late 1970s created the foundation for the adult child movement. Today she is a renowned author and trainer internationally recognized for her pioneering and contemporary work with family systems and addictive disorders.

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

i want to explore ,

Please talk about…

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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Mental Health Podcast

This podcast shines light and brings a voice to a topic that should be talked about more in the podcast world. The host does a great job at creating content to keep his audience engaged. The COVID series are great for the current time.

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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!