Stephen Hays is a recovering addict, living with type-1 bipolar disorder. He spent years living in addiction, and with untreated mental illness while he went from West Point graduate, to Wall Street Banker to nearly taking his own life when he hit bottom. On this show you will hear stories of addiction, mental illness, recovery, hope, and wellness. You will also hear from clinicians, experts, doctors, entrepreneurs and others who are trying to lead other people to wellness. We would love to hear your story too!
#88 - _able Partners Founding Partner Amanda Eilian - A Pioneer in Mental Health Investing
Amanda Eilian, Founding Partner of _able Partners joins us to talk all things mental health startup investing. _able Partners is an early-stage VC firm supporting visionary founders in the positive living space. Their investments focus on companies that improve the daily lives of people, making them healthier, happier, and making their lives more meaningful. Some specific investment areas include mental health, addiction, women’s health, sexual wellness, & coaching among others.
#87 - Brain Computer Interfaces - A Primer with John Donoghue
Today’s guest is John Donoghue. He is well known for his groundbreaking work developing Brain Computer Interfaces (BCIs) to restore movement for people with paralysis, known as ‘BrainGate’. BrainGate was the original BCI system created by a company called Cyberkinetics, of which John was a co-founder.
In this episode, John gives us a primer on BCIs. What are they? How do they work? When will they be widely adopted? Are they safe? How do we know? We cover these questions and much more.
#86 - Elyse Cohen - VP Social Impact at Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez
Today’s guest is Elyse Cohen, VP of Social Impact and Inclusion at Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez. Elyse is an expert on purpose driven brands, social impact, and has been hand selected by Selena Gomez to lead the impact efforts at Rare Beauty. Previously Elyse worked at the White House for First Lady Michelle Obama as Deputy Director of the Let’s Move effort. She has worked on social impact and policy initiatives at the Public Health Institute and in a variety of other social impact roles.
#85 - Measuring Mental Health with Ksana Health Co-Founder Nick Allen
You can’t fix what you don’t measure. Measurement and testing of our mental health lags the same capabilities in physical health care. Dr. Nick Allen, our guest today, is building a mental health measurement solution for clinical use. Today we talk to him about the challenges, and opportunity for his startup, Ksana Health.
#84 - Veterans Mental Health with Dr. Anthony Hassan, CEO of Cohen Veterans Network
Dr. Anthony Hassan, President and CEO of the Cohen Veterans Network (CVN) joins us today. CVN is a network of 25 non-profit mental health clinics providing care to veterans and their families. The facilities are located in or around historically dense veteran and active duty military communities.
#83 - Psychedelic Treatment Cured My Alcohol Addiction - Jon Kostakopoulos
Jon Kostakopoulos was the first study participant in the NYU Psilocybin clinical trial. After years of struggling with alcoholism and after trying other options including in-patient programs, out-patient programs, AA, and pharmaceutical treatments, nothing was working for him. Finally, at age 25, Jon joined the clinical trial and underwent three different Psilocybin treatment sessions and has not craved alcohol since his first treatment session.
Best podcast about mental health
Stigma podcast is by far the most important and impactful content available regarding mental health investing and about trends in mental health overall. Thank you Steven for doing this important work!!!
Stay strong Steve.
Very informative and I enjoy it