57 episodes

Meet Mental Note – a podcast highlighting both the work and the beauty of mental health recovery. Stories will span a variety of mental illness struggles from eating disorders to depression, OCD and Bipolar. We will introduce you to relatable personalities, and dive deep into how they choose health amidst daunting illnesses. At the end of it all, we will provide hope that recovery is possible—and worth it.

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    • 4.9 • 87 Ratings

Meet Mental Note – a podcast highlighting both the work and the beauty of mental health recovery. Stories will span a variety of mental illness struggles from eating disorders to depression, OCD and Bipolar. We will introduce you to relatable personalities, and dive deep into how they choose health amidst daunting illnesses. At the end of it all, we will provide hope that recovery is possible—and worth it.

    They/Them: Creating Affirming Spaces with Lor Sabourin

    They/Them: Creating Affirming Spaces with Lor Sabourin

    Lor Sabourin knows a thing or two about resilience and the power of thoughtfully approaching a relationship - be it with a sport or gender.

    A professional rock climber who grew up in Detroit, they spent years figuring out how to not hide their queer identity in a very male, heteronormative, and competitive world. Lor now works to spread the wisdom they’ve gathered by creating affirming spaces in outdoor communities and also training other climbers on mental stability.

    They are also the subject of a recent documentary film put out by Patagonia called They/Them. 

    We invited Lor  to talk about their personal journey, creating inclusive spaces, and how to simply find more Joy in the lives we choose.
    We also hear from Sand Chang, PhD (They/Them) about the relationship between our society and mental health trends in the Queer Community. 
    RESOURCES:
    Our Website:  www.mentalnotepodcast.com Free mental health assessment: (877) 850-7199 Trans Lifeline: A crisis hotline staffed by all-trans operators (877) 565-8860 The Trevor Project: a resource specifically for LGBTQ youth in crisis FEDUP Collective: Support and education for people with marginalized bodies who have disordered eating National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network The Gender Affirming Letter Access Network - Find a free provider who will write letters to help you receive gender-affirming healthcare.

    • 41 min
    An Asian Mental Health Story with Carrie Zhang

    An Asian Mental Health Story with Carrie Zhang

    Growing up, Carrie Zhang - the founder of The Asian Mental Health Project - felt as though she had no right to talk about her mounting struggles with sadness and anxiety.

    
You see, her parents - two immigrants from China and Taiwan - could simply not understand why their child might be unhappy. After all, they had sacrificed so much in order to give her a chance at prosperity and success.
    As a result, Carrie did not find help processing trauma, depression, and anxiety until much later when her university offered mental healthcare services. She now spends her time aiding other Asian Americans to overcome cultural and systemic barriers to mental health through the Asian Mental Health Project. 
    In this episode, we talk with Carrie about her personal awakening to mental health hygiene, the cultural stigmas & institutional bias preventing the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American community - APIDA for short - from receiving the help they need, and finally what we all can do about it. 

    Resources:
    Our Website:  www.mentalnotepodcast.com Free mental health assessment: (877) 850-7199 Asian Mental Health Project Instagram:  @AsianMentalHealthProject OCA National: OCANational.org  

    • 31 min
    What is Virtual Treatment Really Like?

    What is Virtual Treatment Really Like?

    At the beginning of 2020 Mackenzie Carmichael flew to Eating Recovery Center in Denver, Colorado determined to finally overcome a persistent eating disorder. The plan was to slowly step down from residential treatment to an outpatient program where she would commute to therapy and meals several times a week as her healing progressed. 
    However, the growing pandemic soon placed extra restrictions on that traditional outpatient model. So, her treatment team pivoted and instead recommended attending ERC & Pathlight’s Virtual Intensive Outpatient Program (VIOP). 
    In today’s episode, we’ll explore Mackenzie’s experience doing treatment from her family’s home and discover how VIOP impacted her recovery. We’ll also speak with Kaila Peak-Rishel, the Director of Eating Recovery Center’s virtual treatment program to better understand what goes into the patient experience. 
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    Mental Note Podcast is brought to you by Pathlight Mood and Anxiety Center and Eating Recovery Center. If you’d like to talk to a trained therapist or learn more about their programs and free support groups, please call them at (877) 850-7199 or visit our website mentalnotepodcast.com
    Resources:
    Our Website:  www.mentalnotepodcast.com Virtual Treatment:  www.eatingrecoverycenter.com/virtualcare  www.pathlightbh.com/virtualcare  Weekly Q&A Session about Virtual Services: For potential patients: https://meetings.ringcentral.com/j/1464790792 For Caregivers: https://meetings.ringcentral.com/j/1479777474 

    • 29 min
    Depression & Suicide Prevention with Kevin Berthia

    Depression & Suicide Prevention with Kevin Berthia

    Trigger Warning: This episode discusses suicide On March 11, 2005, Kevin Berthia became famous…For all the wrong reasons.

 As he stood on an exposed pipe - with only the wind holding him up from plunging into the waters below San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge - a photographer captured Kevin discussing his desire to attempt suicide with Sergeant Briggs of the California Highway Patrol. That photo landed on the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle the very next day. 
    Today, Kevin's perspective is much different than 17 years ago. Rather than contemplating the end of his life, he now speaks up for mental health and suicide prevention with a message that has made it around the world.
    We sit down with Kevin to take a wild ride through his story and the serendipitous events that lead to becoming a nationally renowned storyteller. Along the way, we’ll also chat with Dr. Thomas Joiner of Florida State University about depression, suicidal thoughts, and available tools to get help today. 
    If you or a loved one is in crisis, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK, or the Crisis Text Line (Text TALK to 741741) or to talk to someone who can help.


    Mental Note Podcast is brought to you by Pathlight Mood and Anxiety Center and Eating Recovery Center. If you’d like to talk to a trained therapist or learn more about their programs and free support groups, please call them at (877) 850-7199 or visit our website www.mentalnotepodcast.com
    RESOURCES 
    Our Website:  www.mentalnotepodcast.com Pathlight Mood and Anxiety Center: www.pathlightbh.com Eating Recovery Center: www.eatingrecoverycenter.com Kevin Berthia Foundation: www.kevinberthiafoundation.org Documentary mentioned in the episode: https://bityl.co/BDhP  

    • 36 min
    Is It Picky Eating or Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)?

    Is It Picky Eating or Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)?

    So perhaps your child - or even you or another adult - is really particular about food and refuses to eat but you just cannot understand why. You can tell their mealtime anxiety is not normal but how do you know if it adds up to a full-blown eating disorder?  That's why we made today's episode. It's an introduction to one of the least understood eating disorders - ARFID (Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder). ARFID remains underdiagnosed and can even be dismissed as simple picky eating. But ignoring it can have deadly consequences.
    So join us as we cover the basics about ARFID and the next steps needed for getting help: taking action, talking to doctors, and understanding different approaches to treatment.
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    Mental Note Podcast is brought to you by Pathlight Mood and Anxiety Center and Eating Recovery Center. If you’d like to talk to a trained therapist or learn more about their programs and free support groups, please call them at (877) 850-7199 or visit our website mentalnotepodcast.com
    Resources:
    List of ARFID Resources:  www.eatingrecovery.com/arfidresources Our Website:  www.mentalnotepodcast.com Pathlight Mood and Anxiety Center: www.pathlightbh.com  Eating Recovery Center: www.eatingrecoverycenter.com

    • 30 min
    Finding Your Own Voice with Vollie McKenzie

    Finding Your Own Voice with Vollie McKenzie

    Picture this: a warm July breeze stirs my hair as I sit on the back porch. My toddler, illuminated by moonlight and the twinkle of fireflies, gently spins in circles, hands waving in the air as she moves to the strumming of a guitar mixed with the call of cicadas in the trees. It’s the sort of moment that feels infinitely removed from the typical noise of daily life. Here, there are no email alerts, traffic jams, or checklists. Only laughter and contentment.
    So, at the start of this new year, I’m asking, “how do I get more of these moments and less of the hamster wheel? How can I stop living on other people’s terms and tune in to my inner voice?” To explore these questions, I can think of no one better than the strummer of the guitar from that moonlit summer night - my friend and 71-year-old neighbor - Vollie McKenzie.
    Vollie is a man of many outlets. He spent over 40 years as a mental health professional, plays tennis daily, and is a known performer in the Southeast. He also has a recovery journey of his own that includes life-long struggles with anxiety, depression, and body dysmorphia.
    I invited him on the podcast to talk about the process of finding his own voice and how that intersects with his mental health journey. Along the way, Vollie will sing and play pivotal songs to guide the narrative.
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    Mental Note Podcast is brought to you by Pathlight Mood and Anxiety Center and Eating Recovery Center. If you’d like to talk to a trained therapist or learn more about their programs and free support groups, please call them at (877) 850-7199 or visit our website mentalnotepodcast.com
    Resources:
    Our Website: www.mentalnotepodcast.com Pathlight Mood and Anxiety Center: www.pathlightbh.com  Eating Recovery Center: www.eatingrecoverycenter.com

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
87 Ratings

87 Ratings

JO1234556 ,

Great inspiration and topics

I really enjoy the podcast. Especially the one on finding your own voice. So many important topics

MyPatronusIsADementor ,

Varied topics, thoughtfully approached

Mental Note offers a very approachable and welcoming space to discuss a wide range of mental health topics with unique guests. The 30 minutes or so episodes are very easy to commit and listen too.

Kim_574272 ,

Fantastic episodes!

Every episode is thought provoking and leaves me with a new perspective. I also appreciate how each episode is an individual deep dive into a mental health topic and yet still connected.

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