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I’m Cassidy Quinn, and this is Mentally Together - because, whether you can see it on the surface or not, we're all trying to keep ourselves mentally together! And whatever our brains are experiencing, we're not alone - we're together! On each episode, I'll chat with someone who is willing to be open and honest about their own mental health and the lessons we can all learn to feel better. They’ll share their good days, bad days, and everything in between. Mentally Together is produced by Cassidy Quinn in collaboration with Coba.fm.

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I’m Cassidy Quinn, and this is Mentally Together - because, whether you can see it on the surface or not, we're all trying to keep ourselves mentally together! And whatever our brains are experiencing, we're not alone - we're together! On each episode, I'll chat with someone who is willing to be open and honest about their own mental health and the lessons we can all learn to feel better. They’ll share their good days, bad days, and everything in between. Mentally Together is produced by Cassidy Quinn in collaboration with Coba.fm.

    988: The new mental health crisis number - with Dr. Margie Balfour

    988: The new mental health crisis number - with Dr. Margie Balfour

    On July 16th, there's officially a new number to call (or TEXT!!) when you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health crisis. 988 - it’s like 911, but for anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts or substance abuse or any other type of mental health crisis. When you call 988, you’ll reach a real human, who is trained to provide support and connect you with the help you need.
    Dr. Margie Balfour is a psychiatrist and the Chief of Quality and Clinical Innovation at Connections Health Solutions in Phoenix, Arizona. She has been working hard to advocate for this number and fight for implementation of 988.

    I loved talking to her about what this new number means for us and how we can use it, the warning signs we can look for in ourselves and our loved ones who are struggling, and what she sees as the future of mental health care.
    988 is a huge step, but there’s still so much more to be done. The 988 Implementation Act was introduced in Congress in March of 2022, but has not been passed yet. The goal is that when someone is in crisis, they have someone to call, someone to come, and somewhere to go if it’s needed. Of course, there is money needed to make people available to call, to show up, and to fund the places they might go. So the bill would provide federal funding and guidance for states to actually implement their 988 and crisis systems, including requiring all health insurance plants to cover crisis services, implementing a national suicide prevention awareness campaign, and providing funding for community-based crisis response centers.

    Read about the 988 Implementation Act: https://bit.ly/988implementation
    You can keep up with Mentally Together on Instagram @mentallytogetherpod. Cassidy's Instagram is @cassidyquinntv, and you can watch the video version of each podcast episode at YouTube.com/cassidyquinn.
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    • 31 min
    Pride stories 🌈 Coming out, becoming a drag queen, online harassment, and queer representation

    Pride stories 🌈 Coming out, becoming a drag queen, online harassment, and queer representation

    Happy LGBTQIA+ pride month! The month where we celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community and living openly and authentically.
    It’s also a month to honor and celebrate the progress we’ve made in LGBTQIA+ rights… which ummm… sometimes it doesn’t feel like as much progress as it should??! If you’ve been paying any attention to the news lately, there have been more attacks on the LGBTQIA+ community - different states have been passing bills taking away LGBTQ+ rights, people have been attacking drag shows and trans people and other pride events… It’s all really upsetting. And that’s putting it lightly because I’m not putting this episode out to make you MORE upset about the state of the world… We’re all already feeling it this week, huh??
    Instead, this episode is to celebrate some wonderful humans in the LGBTQIA+ community. People who have graciously come on the pod to share their stories and experiences with mental health. And since identity is very much tied to mental health, they’ve shared stories about coming out, about becoming a drag queen, about queer representation in media, and online harassment…
    Clearly, the experience of everyone in the LGBTQ+ community is different, which you’ll hear in these stories. Some will talk about their amazingly positive experience coming out… while others had a much more negative experience. And some of these wonderful humans enjoy picking a label, and some that don’t identify with any particular one.
    Here are the wonderful humans we hear from in this episode:
    Poison Waters
    Megan Mitchell
    Lisa Cazes and Alizeé Falque
    Lianne Saffer
    X. Ari
    Logan Lynn
    Alayna Joy

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    • 38 min
    Mindfully Together: 5 Senses Meditation

    Mindfully Together: 5 Senses Meditation

    If you want to skip the intro and get straight to the meditation, skip to 2:55 in this episode.

    If you’ve never meditated before, don’t worry, this  isn’t about getting rid of all your thoughts or feeling at total peace with everything, and you don’t even have to sit still.
    The meditation I’m going to lead you through today can actually be done walking around outside if you want. Because meditating in nature can be really wonderful!

    In this meditation, we're going to focus in on each of our 5 senses - touch, sight, hearing, smell, and taste. If I’m really getting curious about what I’m seeing or smelling or hearing in any present moment, it’s a little easier for my brain to not get stuck going down a whole rabbit hole of anxious thoughts.
    You can go outside for this one, sit or lay down in your backyard, walk down the street, walk around a park nearby, or you can do it inside, sitting on the floor or a cushion or a chair, laying down. Whatever feels good and accessible to you today - there really is no right or wrong way to do this.
    So sit or lay down, or walk outside - and let's meditate together!

    You can keep up with Mentally Together on Instagram @mentallytogetherpod. Cassidy's Instagram is @cassidyquinntv, and you can watch the video version of each podcast episode at YouTube.com/cassidyquinn.
    Books recommended by Mentally Together guests: https://bookshop.org/lists/mentally-together

    Mentally Together is a creation from Cassidy Quinn in collaboration with Coba.fm.
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    • 20 min
    Do you have "eco-anxiety?" - with Dr. Thomas Doherty

    Do you have "eco-anxiety?" - with Dr. Thomas Doherty

    Do you ever feel scared about climate change? Anxious about global warming? Are you grieving the world as you know it? You are definitely not the only one feeling that way. Which is why there's now a term for this feeling: eco-anxiety.

    In his therapist practice, Dr. Thomas Doherty helps people with exactly that. He is a psychologist who specializes in applying an environmental perspective to mental health and well-being.

    And he's not new to this topic - in 2011, he co-wrote a paper with Susan Clayton called The Psychological Impacts of Global Climate Change, and that paper has been cited OVER 700 times.

    So I LOVED talking to him about his advice for those of us struggling with eco-anxiety, the mental health benefits of getting outside in nature, and how we can figure out our own environmental identity.
    Listen to Dr. Doherty's podcast here: https://climatechangeandhappiness.com/

    Read the New York Times article about climate change and therapy, featuring Dr. Doherty: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/06/health/climate-anxiety-therapy.html
    You can keep up with Mentally Together on Instagram @mentallytogetherpod. Cassidy's Instagram is @cassidyquinntv, and you can watch the video version of each podcast episode at YouTube.com/cassidyquinn.
    Books recommended by Mentally Together guests: https://bookshop.org/lists/mentally-together
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    • 53 min
    Mindfully Together: Mental Noting/Thought Labeling Meditation

    Mindfully Together: Mental Noting/Thought Labeling Meditation

    If you want to skip the intro and get straight to the meditation, skip to 4:30 in this episode.

    If you’ve ever thought, “I can’t meditate, because my brain always keeps thinking!” Mental noting, or thought labeling, might be a helpful type of meditation for you, because it lets your brain think, but then let go of the thought and come back to the present moment, instead of just going all the way down the thought path.
    For me, the more I practice this in meditation, the more I am able to do it in real life. Because if your brain is anything like mine, you might relate to the mode my brain can get in a lot - where I’ll get stuck ruminating and my brain just goes into an anxiety spiral and I can’t get out of it… but if I can observe what is happening, and note, “oh there goes my brain again” - it can take myself out of the spiral for a second and look at it more objectively, and maybeee stop the spiral.
    And that is what we’re going to practice in today’s meditation. We will be gentle with ourselves as different thoughts pop up, and we’ll just observe them, be aware of them, and then maybe try to release them. 
    So sit or lay down, relax, and let's meditate together!

    You can keep up with Mentally Together on Instagram @mentallytogetherpod. Cassidy's Instagram is @cassidyquinntv, and you can watch the video version of each podcast episode at YouTube.com/cassidyquinn.
    Books recommended by Mentally Together guests: https://bookshop.org/lists/mentally-together

    Mentally Together is a creation from Cassidy Quinn in collaboration with Coba.fm.
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    • 16 min
    How to make a good cry a GREAT cry, and more grief and anxiety advice - with Tyler Feder

    How to make a good cry a GREAT cry, and more grief and anxiety advice - with Tyler Feder

    When you're stuck in your sad/anxious/grieving bubble, how do you get out of it? Lately for me, it's helped to talk to, listen to, or read something from someone who really gets what I'm going through. And listening to today's episode did that for me - because Tyler Feder gets it ALL - losing your mom, being anxious, battling ADHD, and more. 
    Tyler is an artist whose work explores big feelings, feminism, and pop culture. I was introduced to her work from one of my mom’s friends last year, who was so sweet and sent me this book after my mom died. It’s called Dancing at the Pity Party - it’s a graphic memoir about Tyler’s mom - her life, her death, and Tyler's grief. It’s definitely different from every other grief book I’ve read. But in a really cool way - because yeah, it’s sad, but it’s also somehow fun, because there’s all these drawings and sweet memories, and reading it just felt really relatable.
    If you are struggling with anything - a mental illness, the loss of a loved one, trauma, whatever it is - I think finding someone to talk to or listen to or read their book, from someone who’s gone through something similar, can be really helpful.
    So I LOVED talking to Tyler about her art, her grief, her mom, and body positivity.
    You can keep up with Mentally Together on Instagram @mentallytogetherpod. Cassidy's Instagram is @cassidyquinntv, and you can watch the video version of each podcast episode at YouTube.com/cassidyquinn.
    Books recommended by Mentally Together guests (including Tyler's 2 books!): https://bookshop.org/lists/mentally-together
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12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Zamsky ,

Thank you for this Podcast

Covid has sucked for me, but your podcast is a bright light. I looooove it!!!

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Looooove

What a brave new podcast! I admit I love to listen to podcasts at 1.5 speed because I need info fast. This pod was almost enough to warrant a real speed listen. Tucker is so eloquent in how he speaks about mental health, and Cassidy asks pointed questions that help bring a new light to this space. I cannot wait for the next episode!

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Beneficial, Important, Relateable

This podcast is great, much needed content. Mental health is something that still has stigma attached to it, and outlets like this podcast are beneficial and helpful in working through that. Cassidy's TV interviewing skills shine in this outlet, and her personality/style help make this often serious content relateable. It's like talking through life events with a friend. The podcast is peppered with light-hearted moments, and asks questions that are important for us to ask in our own lives. Useful information comes out of it, and I'm glad to have this new content from Cassidy.

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