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"Mental Health In Minnesota" is a podcast produced by NAMI Minnesota and consists of interviews with NAMI Minnesota members, volunteers, staff members, board members, and advocates as they share their personal stories of hope and provide information about mental illnesses, treatment and mental health policies.



NAMI Minnesota champions justice, dignity, and respect for all people affected by mental illnesses. Through education, support, and advocacy we strive to eliminate the pervasive stigma of mental illnesses, effect positive changes in the mental health system, and increase the public and professional understanding of mental illnesses.

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"Mental Health In Minnesota" is a podcast produced by NAMI Minnesota and consists of interviews with NAMI Minnesota members, volunteers, staff members, board members, and advocates as they share their personal stories of hope and provide information about mental illnesses, treatment and mental health policies.



NAMI Minnesota champions justice, dignity, and respect for all people affected by mental illnesses. Through education, support, and advocacy we strive to eliminate the pervasive stigma of mental illnesses, effect positive changes in the mental health system, and increase the public and professional understanding of mental illnesses.

    Wellness in Color: “Blurring Tradition” (Houa Moua)

    Wellness in Color: “Blurring Tradition” (Houa Moua)

    Welcome to "Wellness in Color," a podcast series that explores perspectives on mental health to reshape the cultural language of mental illness.



    Interview Guest: Houa Moua



    Hosted by: Vang Xor Xiong (Xorr)



    Produced by: NAMI Minnesota (namimn.org)



    Guest Bio: For Houa Moua, healthy means being happy. From a moderately traditional Hmong household, Houa’s parents and elders believed that most anything could be fixed through shamanic intervention. However, if there are signs of mental illness, it was the doing of your soul or spirits trying to communicate. This is the reason that she believes, Hmong folks don't seek medical treatment for mental health, especially for depression and PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) and then healing rarely happens. Yet in spite of this, her wellness goals are to have healthy, communicative, and inclusive relationships with family, friends, coworkers, and community.



    This episode was recorded on 05/20/2019 at NAMI Minnesota in St. Paul, MN.



    For more information and resources on mental illness, education and legislative advocacy please visit the NAMI Minnesota website at namimn.org



    Efforts related to "Wellness In Color" podcast episodes were supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health Award Number UL1TR002494. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

    • 21 min
    Wellness in Color: “Flipping the Status Quo” (Seyeon Bae)

    Wellness in Color: “Flipping the Status Quo” (Seyeon Bae)

    Welcome to "Wellness in Color," a podcast series that explores perspectives on mental health to reshape the cultural language of mental illness.



    Interview Guest: Seyeon Bae



    Hosted by: Caroline Ludy



    Produced by: NAMI Minnesota (namimn.org)



    Guest Bio:  Raised in South Korea, current Minnesotan Seyeon Bae says her relationship with mental health is both love and hate. Fears that others would think she was “crazy” or “ill” were always initially present, yet she was never afraid to seek help and sought therapy with the support of her family. Ultimately, change is incremental, and her views towards mental health have been shaped by her time spent in the U.S. Her plans are to shift opinions on mental health not only within herself, but also within her culture, which drives her to constantly reflect on her own journey to knowing but flipping the status quo in order to destigmatize mental health issues.



    This episode was recorded on 05/06/2019 at NAMI Minnesota in St. Paul, MN.



    For more information and resources on mental illness, education and legislative advocacy please visit the NAMI Minnesota website at namimn.org



    Efforts related to "Wellness In Color" podcast episodes were supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health Award Number UL1TR002494. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

    • 26 min
    Wellness in Color: “Between Two Worlds” (Jasmine Q’ian)

    Wellness in Color: “Between Two Worlds” (Jasmine Q’ian)

    Welcome to "Wellness in Color," a podcast series that explores perspectives on mental health to reshape the cultural language of mental illness.



    Interview Guest: Jasmine Q’ian



    Hosted by: Caroline Ludy



    Produced by: NAMI Minnesota (namimn.org)



    Guest Bio:  Living with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), 21 year-old Jasmine Q’ian battles two worlds, the rigors of student life attending college in Minnesota while also navigating her cultural background where talk of mental illness remains heavily stigmatized. Today she talks to “Wellness In Color” about the barriers she has faced both personally and culturally growing up first generation Chinese American. Working hard to knock down personal and cultural barriers, she shares how years of mental health treatment and support have given her a brighter outlook on the future of her wellness journey.



    This episode was recorded on 05/02/2019 at NAMI Minnesota in St. Paul, MN.



    For more information and resources on mental illness, education and legislative advocacy please visit the NAMI Minnesota website at namimn.org



    Efforts related to "Wellness In Color" podcast episodes were supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health Award Number UL1TR002494. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

    • 36 min
    Wellness in Color: “Never Stop Watering Your Roots” (Lauryn Daniel)

    Wellness in Color: “Never Stop Watering Your Roots” (Lauryn Daniel)

    Welcome to "Wellness in Color," a podcast series that explores perspectives on mental health to reshape the cultural language of mental illness.



    Interview Guest: Lauryn Daniel



    Hosted by: Caroline Ludy



    Produced by: NAMI Minnesota (namimn.org)



    Guest Bio:   A native of Chicago’s South Side, Lauryn Daniel describes herself as multifaceted. Living with anxiety and depression, she talks to Wellness In Color about her experiences working in the mental health field as an Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Service (ARMHS) worker with plans to continue her career as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Eventually she wants to reconnect with her roots in Chicago with plans to open her own clinic. She learns as much from her clients as she does from herself and wants people to know that empathy starts from within. Her mantra is “Be empathetic with yourself. Never stop watering your roots.”



    ARMHS info: https://www.dhs.state.mn.us/main/idcplg?IdcService=GET_DYNAMIC_CONVERSION&RevisionSelectionMethod=LatestReleased&dDocName=ID_058153



    This episode was recorded on 05/01/2019 at NAMI Minnesota in St. Paul, MN.



    For more information and resources on mental illness, education and legislative advocacy please visit the NAMI Minnesota website at namimn.org



    Efforts related to "Wellness In Color" podcast episodes were supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health Award Number UL1TR002494. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

    • 34 min
    Wellness in Color: Advocacy in Disability; Does Wellness Equal Cure? (Bree Zimmerman)

    Wellness in Color: Advocacy in Disability; Does Wellness Equal Cure? (Bree Zimmerman)

    Welcome to "Wellness in Color," a podcast series that explores perspectives on mental health to reshape the cultural language of mental illness.



    Interview Guest: Bree Zimmerman



    Hosted by: Maritza Steele



    Produced by: NAMI Minnesota (namimn.org)



    Guest Bio:  Bree Zimmerman is a 29 year old black, queer, physically disabled woman living in the Twin Cities area. Also an introverted “cat mom”, Bree is a passionate advocate who works to help create greater accessible spaces for disabled people including amplifying the voices surrounding disability justice. In her current venture she is excited to observe and take part in the growing number of conversations about healing practices while exploring different modalities- specifically ones prioritizing the importance of what holistic collective care and healing can look like for black and brown folks, both as a community and as individuals.



    Bree' Recommended Websites on Disability Justice:



    Instagram: Access Centered Movement



    https://www.instagram.com/accesscenteredmovement/





    Leaving Evidence



    "Changing the Framework: Disability Justice / How our communities can move beyond access to wholeness"



    https://www.google.com/amp/s/leavingevidence.wordpress.com/2011/02/12/changing-the-framework-disability-justice/amp/





    “Disability Justice” is Simply Another Term for Love



    https://www.google.com/amp/s/leavingevidence.wordpress.com/2018/11/03/disability-justice-is-simply-another-term-for-love/amp/











    Bree's book recommendation: "Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure" by Eli Clare



    This episode was recorded on 04/26/2019 at NAMI Minnesota in St. Paul, MN.



    For more information and resources on mental illness, education and legislative advocacy please visit the NAMI Minnesota website at namimn.org



    Efforts related to "Wellness In Color" podcast episodes were supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health Award Number UL1TR002494. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

    • 41 min
    Wellness in Color: 1.5 Generation Immigrant (Vang Xor Xiong)

    Wellness in Color: 1.5 Generation Immigrant (Vang Xor Xiong)

    Welcome to "Wellness in Color," a podcast series that explores perspectives on mental health to reshape the cultural language of mental illness.



    Interview Guest: Vang Xor Xiong (Xorr)



    Hosted by: Caroline Ludy



    Produced by: NAMI Minnesota (namimn.org)



    GUEST BIO:  Being a 1.5 generation immigrant and mental health advocate Vang Xor Xiong (Xorr) has an ability to bridge both worlds in a unique way. Within his role as Partnership Organizer for the Minnesota based Asian American Organizing Project (AAOP), his plans include expanding on his current work to open up opportunity for voices from other marginalized communities such as the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AA/PI) queer population.



    Contact Information:



    Instagram: Xorr_X



    Email: vangxor@aaopmn.org



    Asian American Organizing Project (AAOP): A Minnesota based non-partisan, non-profit organization that supports the Asian American and Pacific Island Communities across many social platforms including language access, immigration reform and civic engagement. For more information and resources please visit http://aaopmn.org/.

    Glossary:

    [i]Soul Calling Ritual: Hmong culture there is the idea that the soul needs to be called if the person is sick or has a broken limb. [ii]The use of herbal medicines or “ khawv koob” (magic formulas) is used to extract the soul form the sick individual. If illness is attributed to a spiritual presence then shamans are used to perform the ritual.



    [iii]Secret War (Laotian Civil War): Over a nine-year period, between the years 1964 – 1973, more than 2 million tons of artillery were dropped in Laos by the United States. As a result Laos became the most heavily bombed country in global history. Thousands of Hmong soldiers were recruited to fight the Vietnam War by the U.S. during the Secret War.  As a result of the hundreds of thousands of Hmong refugees were displaced, with many resettling in the United States.



    [iv]18 Clans: In Hmong-American culture there are 18 clans that are related by a common ancestor. Family is a sub component of clan culture.



    [i] “The Split Horn: The Life of a Hmong Shaman in America”. Public Broadcasting Service.2001. Retrieved from https://www.pbs.org/splithorn/shamanism1.html



    [ii] “Hmong Traditions Rituals and Ceremonies: Soul Calling”. Hmong And Native Americans.2019. Retrieved from http://www.hmongsandnativeamericans.com/hmong-traditions-rituals-ceremonies-soul-calling/



    [iii] “Secret War in Laos”.Legacieis of War: History, Healing,Hope.2019.Retrieved from http://legaciesofwar.org/about-laos/secret-war-laos/



    [iv] “Family/Clan Culture”.Ethnogeriatrics: Standford School of Medicine.2019. Retrieved from https://geriatrics.stanford.edu/ethnomed/hmong/introduction/family.html



    This episode was recorded on 04/17/2019 in St. Paul, MN.



    For more information and resources on mental illness, education and legislative advocacy please visit the NAMI Minnesota website at namimn.org



    Efforts related to "Wellness In Color" podcast episodes were supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health Award Number UL1TR002494. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

    • 37 min

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