22 episodes

We have a crisis in the US…a mental health crisis. We have higher numbers of people seeking help and support than ever, and unfortunately there are not enough therapists to fill the need. All of the resources and treatment options are full and overflowing.

But what is the solution? 

What if our communities had more creative options to support mental wellness? 

These are questions that Rachel Harrison has been exploring. As someone who's been in the mental health field for 25 years, Rachel has been having these conversations with people in government, with people in the nonprofit world, with people in the business world, and people in the mental health world. 

Perhaps, the solution to this crisis is to think outside of the box. Rachel believes the creativity, inspiration and motivation of entrepreneurs in the mental health sector is where at least a part of the solution lies. 

In each episode, Rachel sits down with entrepreneurs who are doing creative things and thinking outside of the box in order to address mental health. The goal of The Mental Health Entrepreneur is to inspire others to think differently and to explore new ideas, all for the benefit of helping our communities have options and creative solutions to mental health care.

Tune in each week for a new episode and gain inspiration from innovators in all different areas, doing creative things to support mental wellness.

The Mental Health Entrepreneur Rachel Harrison

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

We have a crisis in the US…a mental health crisis. We have higher numbers of people seeking help and support than ever, and unfortunately there are not enough therapists to fill the need. All of the resources and treatment options are full and overflowing.

But what is the solution? 

What if our communities had more creative options to support mental wellness? 

These are questions that Rachel Harrison has been exploring. As someone who's been in the mental health field for 25 years, Rachel has been having these conversations with people in government, with people in the nonprofit world, with people in the business world, and people in the mental health world. 

Perhaps, the solution to this crisis is to think outside of the box. Rachel believes the creativity, inspiration and motivation of entrepreneurs in the mental health sector is where at least a part of the solution lies. 

In each episode, Rachel sits down with entrepreneurs who are doing creative things and thinking outside of the box in order to address mental health. The goal of The Mental Health Entrepreneur is to inspire others to think differently and to explore new ideas, all for the benefit of helping our communities have options and creative solutions to mental health care.

Tune in each week for a new episode and gain inspiration from innovators in all different areas, doing creative things to support mental wellness.

    21: Transforming Stress Into Art | Emily Twynham and Samira Butt of Mediate and Create

    21: Transforming Stress Into Art | Emily Twynham and Samira Butt of Mediate and Create

    Emily Twynham and Samira Butt, the founders of Meditate and Create, discuss the concept of neurographic art, which combines art and science to reprogram the brain and form new neural pathways. Emily and Samira share their personal experiences with neurographic art and how it has helped them and others improve their mental health. They explain the process of creating neurographic art, including drawing random lines and rounding off the junctions to bring peace and healing to the brain. They also discuss the potential benefits of neurographic art for pain relief, dementia patients, and personal growth. 
     
    About Emily Twynham and Samira Butt:
    In 2020 Emily and Samira, united by their passion for Art, Nature, and shared Spiritual Values, established Aralia Studios in South Yorkshire, UK. Their first studio space was in modest Rotherham, where they conducted nature-inspired workshops using locally foraged and recycled materials. Their aim was to reconnect individuals with nature through art, whilst also showing people the abundance nature has to offer. Their diverse projects included crafting bark heart wall-hangings, terrariums, and giant mushrooms from recycled materials and paper mache. With backgrounds in art, teaching, psychology, energy healing, and surface design, Samira and Emily synergise their talents to create an innovative space that explores creativity and challenges traditional boundaries. 
     
    meditateandcreate.co.uk
     
     
    Episode Timestamps:
    (01:40) The science and creativity of neurographic art (03:20) Founding Aralia Studios; transformative art and meditation experiences (06:30) Intention-driven neurographic art as a path to self-discovery (09:40) Subconscious healing through neurographic art (14:45) Effects of neurographic art on pain and dementia (16:30) Building community through online creative classes (21:15) The creative process of neurographic art; energy flow and brain patterns  (27:10) From hundreds to 16,000 members online (30:10) Fostering creative expression in schools and workplaces  
     
    Watch this episode on YouTube:
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    Connect with Rachel:
    Facebook Group: The Mental Health Entrepreneur
    Website: traumaspecialiststraining.com
    Instagram: instagram.com/trauma_specialist
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/rachel-harrison-81a4796

    • 33 min
    20: Supporting Grieving Kids Through Play and Connection | Brie Overton of Experience Camps

    20: Supporting Grieving Kids Through Play and Connection | Brie Overton of Experience Camps

    Brie Overton, Chief Clinical Officer of Experience Camps, discusses the nationwide nonprofit organization that provides grief support for children who have lost a loved one. Through one-week overnight camps and various other programs, Experience Camps offers a safe and supportive environment for kids to process their grief, connect with others who have had similar experiences, and learn coping strategies. Brie shares the transformative impact of the camps and their vision to expand their reach to more children in need. All of their services are provided free of charge.
     
    About Brie Overton:
    Brianne “Brie” Overton is the Chief Clinical Officer of Experience Camps, a national nonprofit that provides no-fee, clinically informed programs for kids who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver – as well as resources and advocacy so all grieving children can live a life rich with possibility. Brie received her MA in Thanatology from Hood College, her M.Ed in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from University of Missouri - St. Louis, and is a doctoral candidate in counseling at the University of Missouri - St. Louis. She has spent 16 years in the field of thanatology providing grief education, support, counseling, death education, suicide prevention and intervention, and consultation.
     
    amenclinics.com/team/karen-mayo
     
     
    Episode Timestamps:
    (02:00) Details about Experience Camps and the support provided (05:05) How Experience Camp is different from joining a grief group or therapy (08:00) The transformation that takes place during the week-long stay at camp (13:40) Additional ways kids can stay connected outside of camp and throughout the year (17:10) Brie’s connection to grief and her mission to help others (19:20) Future visions and goals of Experience Camps (23:45) Understanding that kids grieve differently than adults  
     
    Connect with Rachel:
    Facebook Group: The Mental Health Entrepreneur
    Website: traumaspecialiststraining.com
    Instagram: instagram.com/trauma_specialist
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/rachel-harrison-81a4796

    • 25 min
    19: The Connection Between Nutrition and Mental Health | Karen Mayo of the Book, Mindful Eating

    19: The Connection Between Nutrition and Mental Health | Karen Mayo of the Book, Mindful Eating

    Integrative nutritionist and best-selling author, Karen Mayo, shares her personal journey of how changing her nephew's diet improved his academic performance and overall well-being. Karen emphasizes the importance of blood flow and how certain foods can increase or decrease it. She also provides tips for incorporating healthier choices into daily life, such as increasing water intake and adding greens to meals. Karen's goal is to promote brain health and inspire individuals to take small steps towards improving their overall wellness.
     
    About Karen Mayo:
    Karen Mayo, Integrative Nutritionist, is currently working out of Amen Clinics New York. She’s an Award-Winning International Best-Selling Author of “Mindful Eating” Thirty Days to A Whole New You. She has authored two more books and you may have seen her a couple of times on the Dr. Oz Show or The Jack Canfield Show. Karen appeared on the TEDx stage “Mindful Eating with Mayo.” She taught at Columbia University; nutrition and healthcare today. Karen Mayo makes the complexities of nutrition accessible by zeroing in on the essentials and offering practical suggestions you can immediately implement into your daily routine. 
     
    amenclinics.com/team/karen-mayo
     
     
    Episode Timestamps:
    (02:20) The need for additional resources for mental health (03:45) The wheel of wellness (04:50) Karen’s journey into the field of nutrition (07:40) Nutritional deficiencies in children today (09:00) How nutrition impacts the brain (11:10) Foods that increase your blood flow (15:10) Growing up on a farm and learning the importance of quality foods (17:40) Simple steps to feeling better (18:50) Karen’s plans for the future  
     
    Connect with Rachel:
    Facebook Group: The Mental Health Entrepreneur
    Website: traumaspecialiststraining.com
    Instagram: instagram.com/trauma_specialist
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/rachel-harrison-81a4796

    • 21 min
    18: Breaking the Stigma and Providing Support to First Responders | Sgt. John Haddaway of the Baltimore County Police Department

    18: Breaking the Stigma and Providing Support to First Responders | Sgt. John Haddaway of the Baltimore County Police Department

    Sergeant John Haddaway, Peer Support and Wellness Manager with the Baltimore County Police Department, discusses the importance of mental wellness among first responders and the need to break the stigma surrounding mental health in the field. He shares his personal experiences and explains the acute and cumulative trauma that first responders face on a daily basis. John also highlights the Mobile Crisis Team, a co-responder model that pairs police officers with clinicians to provide crisis intervention and support to individuals in mental health crises. 
     
    About Sgt. John Haddaway:
    Sergeant John Haddaway has been a member of the Baltimore County Police Department for 23 years. During that time, he has served in patrol assignments, community resources, homeland security, civil disturbance, dignitary and witness protection, crisis response, and he is currently the Department’s peer support and wellness manager. Sgt. Haddaway serves part-time on the Department’s Dignitary Witness Protection Team and Special Response Team in addition to his primary assignment. He also provides training related to emergency management, terrorism/counterterrorism, critical incident response, stress and resiliency, firearms, and tactics. Sgt. Haddaway is also a veteran of the Maryland Army National Guard where he served in several roles including infantry, morale/welfare/readiness, and recruiting and retention. He has a Criminal Justice Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland Global Campus where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.
     
     
    Episode Timestamps:
    (02:20) Mobile Crisis Team: Co-responder model for mental health crisis response (04:50) Evolution of mental health support in law enforcement (07:20) Impact of crisis intervention training on de-escalation and diversion 10:20) How experiencing trauma first-hand allowed John to empathize with trauma victims (14:15) Destigmatizing mental health in the field (17:50) Addressing trauma in first responders and its impact on decision-making (24:10) John’s aspirations for expanding the program and collaborating with other departments (28:10) Encouragement to talk to people and provide support  
     
    Connect with Rachel:
    Facebook Group: The Mental Health Entrepreneur
    Website: traumaspecialiststraining.com
    Instagram: instagram.com/trauma_specialist
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/rachel-harrison-81a4796

    • 30 min
    17: Nature as Our Co-Therapist | Gina Strauss of Center for Nature Informed Therapy

    17: Nature as Our Co-Therapist | Gina Strauss of Center for Nature Informed Therapy

    Gina Strauss, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, discusses the power of nature in promoting mental and physical well-being. She explains that our disconnection from the natural world has had a profound impact on our health, and Nature Informed Therapy aims to reconnect us with nature as a co-therapist. Gina explains the science behind the calming effects of nature and the importance of intentionality in our relationship with the natural world. She also shares her vision for bringing nature informed therapy to children and families to help build resilience and provide healing.
     
    About Gina Strauss:
    For over 30 years, Gina has worked as an advisor, counselor and teacher in a variety of educational settings with children, adolescents, and adults. She currently works as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) at Chesapeake Mental Health Collaborative and as the Program Coordinator and Senior Faculty Member for the Center for Nature Informed Therapy. In addition to her M.A. degree in Counseling Psychology from Towson University, she has a M.A.degree in Applied Healing Arts from Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia Institute) which adds a unique perspective to her clinical approach. In her personal life and through her professional experience as a certified nature informed therapist, Gina partners with the wisdom of Nature and inspires others to do the same. She enjoys working with children, teens, and adults and brings an awareness of cultural sensitivity to her practice.
     
    natureinformedtherapy.com
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    Episode Timestamps:
    (02:30) Nature informed therapy and its focus on reconnecting with nature (05:35) Developing a relationship with nature and its therapeutic benefits (10:30) Gina’s personal journey into nature informed therapy and the connection to animals and trees (12:20) Center for Nature Informed Therapy and its training program (14:35) The science behind nature's calming effects (20:00) Different ways nature informed therapy is being used (25:35) Nature informed therapy vs. regular outdoor activities (28:00) Qualifications for attending the training (29:30) Gina's vision for the future of nature informed therapy  
     
    Connect with Rachel:
    Facebook Group: The Mental Health Entrepreneur
    Website: traumaspecialiststraining.com
    Instagram: instagram.com/trauma_specialist
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/rachel-harrison-81a4796
     
     
    Listen to the Back Porch Bestie podcast:
    podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/back-porch-bestie/id1687988106

    • 35 min
    16: The Healing Power of Drumming | Jeff Strong of the Strong Institute

    16: The Healing Power of Drumming | Jeff Strong of the Strong Institute

    Jeff Strong, the founder of the Strong Institute, shares his journey of using drum beats for therapeutic benefits. As a hyperactive child, syncopation exercises helped him channel his behavior and improve his academic focus. Jeff explains the neurology of drumming and how it can create a relaxed brainwave state which can help individuals with autism and ADHD. Jeff also discusses the development of the Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention™ program, as well as  Brain Stim Audio, a streaming music site for various mental health needs. 
     
    About Jeff Strong:
    Jeff Strong is the founder and director of the Strong Institute, a leader in the field of auditory brain stimulation research and therapies. Known primarily for their work with individuals on the autism spectrum, the Institute also has a major impact on ADHD, Anxiety Disorders and Sleep disorders. Mr. Strong is the creator of the evidence-based therapy, Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention™, and founder and music creator of BrainStimAudio.com. He is also a best-selling author of eight books including AD/HD For Dummies and Different Drummer: One Man’s Music and Its Impact on ADD, Anxiety, and Autism.
     
    brainstimaudio.com
    calm for anxiety – STRONG INSTITUTE
    stronginstitute.com
     
     
    Episode Timestamps:
    (01:50) Jeff's childhood experiences with drumming and its impact on his behavior (06:15) Jeff's involvement in research studies on the effects of drumming on anxiety and behaviors in children with autism (11:00) Therapeutic effects of drumming; 10 symptom areas (14:15) How the unpredictability of drumming rhythms can help activate the brain (18:45) The concept of brainwave entrainment and using binaural beats (22:05) Future plans for the Strong Institute (25:50) Remaining persistent and finding your voice  
    Connect with Rachel:
    Facebook Group: The Mental Health Entrepreneur
    Website: traumaspecialiststraining.com
    Instagram: instagram.com/trauma_specialist
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/rachel-harrison-81a4796
     
     
    Listen to the Back Porch Bestie podcast:
    podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/back-porch-bestie/id1687988106

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Amocat24 ,

Excellent podcast for new ideas!

This is a great place to hear about new ideas in mental health. I love that the host has such a wide variety of guests come on. I always learn something new!

HDK8019 ,

Hard to pick a favorite

Everytime I think this one is my favorite then I hear another one. I love to hear the voice of the innovator, energizing.

Mo httr ,

Neurodiversity and Unleashing the Brilliance Within

I loved loved loved this episode. One of the things I loved about this episode is Erika labeled her therapy program a coaching program to make it more receptive to her clients who were resistant to therapy.

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