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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.

    CBT/DBT Series, Part 3, Danny Evans (“gift rap” poetry performer) discusses CBT, parenting, work, and therapy during COVID-19

    CBT/DBT Series, Part 3, Danny Evans (“gift rap” poetry performer) discusses CBT, parenting, work, and therapy during COVID-19

    This episode is a conversation with Danny Evans and is focused on his experience using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to experience recovery and help maintain his mental health.  Danny Evans is a performer of a rap-style of poetry he calls “gift rap poetry” through which he talks about mental illness and addiction awareness.  Danny talks in this episode about how Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Therapy (ERT) has helped him as a parent, as an employee, and with many other aspects of his life.  Danny is a presenter in the NAMI “In Our Own Voice” program through which he courageously shares his personal recovery story of living with mental illnesses.  Danny is in recovery from bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, and anxiety.  Danny performs his “gift rap poetry” with the stage name of “Dan Triple E.”  He performed at the 2018 and 2019 NAMIWalks event in Minneapolis, MN.  He was also invited to perform during some NAMI Family-to-Family classes while he attended to share his personal recovery story with the class members.



    Listen to Danny’s poetry on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/danny-evans-189602744



    NAMI Minnesota fact sheets related to this episode:



    NAMI Minnesota fact sheet on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): https://2a392k31wksy2wkejf1y03dp-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/188/2018/05/OCD_Illnesses_Adult_2018.pdf



    Psychotherapy for OCD. There are two types of psychotherapies that are helpful for treating OCD:



    Exposure and Response Therapy (ERT). ERT exposes a person to the cause of their anxiety. For example, a person with a fear of germs may be asked by a doctor or therapist to put their hand on something considered dirty, such as a doorknob. Afterwards, they will refrain from washing their hands. The length of time between touching the doorknob and washing hands becomes longer and longer.

    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT focuses on the thoughts that are causing distress, and changing the negative thinking and behavior associated with them. For obsessive-compulsive disorder, the goal of this therapy is to recognize negative thoughts and, with practice, gradually lessen their intensity to the point of harmlessness.





    NAMI Minnesota fact sheet on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): https://2a392k31wksy2wkejf1y03dp-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/188/2018/05/CognitiveBehavioralTherapy_TreatmentOptions_2018.pdf







    For all NAMI Minnesota fact sheets, visit https://namimn.org/education-public-awareness/fact-sheets/.



    This episode was recorded on 4/17/2020.



    “Mental Health In Minnesota” is produced by NAMI Minnesota.  Visit us online at https://namimn.org/.

    • 26 min
    DBT/CBT Series, Part 2, Keely Herron’s personal experience with DBT

    DBT/CBT Series, Part 2, Keely Herron’s personal experience with DBT

    This episode is an interview with Keely Herron (click) who shares her experience of going through DBT, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and continuing to use DBT skills to help maintain her mental health. Keely is a strategist, marketing communications specialist, and mental health speaker. She lost her father to suicide in 1999 and has contributed to mental health awareness by sharing her personal recovery story through various platforms such as the NAMI In Our Own Voice program and the NAMI Minnesota Speakers Bureau. Keely presented a TEDx Talk (click) titled “Leaving the Cult of Happiness” given at TEDx Jackson Hole in 2017 which has been viewed over 525,000 times as of the publication of this episode in late June 2020. Keely is available for speaking engagements on her personal experience with mental illness, Complex PTSD, suicide, sexual violence, trauma, and invisible disabilities.



    You can learn more about Keely and connect with at https://www.keelyherron.com/ which includes links to her TEDx Talk (or listen here) as well as info about a radio show and podcast she co-hosts with Par Wright titled “Opera for Everyone” which makes opera understandable, accessible and enjoyable for a mainstream audience.



    Keely’s TEDx Talk, “Leaving the Cult of Happiness” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnovQVRHj5c

    • 42 min
    DBT/CBT Series, Part 1, Dr. Helen Valenstein-Mah, PhD, LP, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

    DBT/CBT Series, Part 1, Dr. Helen Valenstein-Mah, PhD, LP, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

    This episode is Part 1 of a series on DBT, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, as well as touching on CBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  Included in the series are bits and pieces of how people might maintain mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The series begins with a conversation with a mental health professional and will be followed by future episodes consisting of conversations with people who live with mental illnesses and who have benefited from DBT and CBT.



    Dr. Helen Valenstein-Mah (click) is a clinical psychologist who specializes in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and trauma-focused treatments for adolescents and adults. Dr. Valenstein-Mah co-leads the DBT Program in the Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic, through which she provides training and supervision for psychiatry residents, psychology interns, and psychology practicum students.



    Dr. Valenstein-Mah’s research interests include treatment development for individuals with PTSD and co-occurring disorders (e.g., substance use disorders, borderline personality disorder). She is also broadly interested in dissemination and implementation science, particularly improving the delivery of evidence-based mental health treatment in large healthcare systems and community settings. As part of this effort, Dr. Valenstein-Mah is interested in evidence-based training and supervision methods for mental health providers.



    Visit https://med.umn.edu/bio/psychiatry/helen-valenstein-mah for Helen’s bio and contact information.



    Recorded 4/30/2020.

    • 31 min
    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.

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