The Mind Itself is a podcast about mental health, mental health law, and how they affect all aspects of our daily lives. The title is an homage to Clifford Beers and his 1908 text, The Mind that Found Itself. Pioneers like Beers, Dorothea Dix, and even the ancient Greek Hippocrates helped forge new paths for how society views and treats mental health issues. This podcast seeks to further their works by bringing both local and national experts' opinions and expertise to bear on everything about the mind itself. By taking a deeper dive into how our society deals with mental health medically, legally, and practically, listeners can gain insight and information about one of America's most pressing and often overlooked issues that affect almost half of all adults in the United States.
Episode 13: Housing is Health
Today, John Whitbeck chats with Bruce Cruser, the executive director of Mental Health America of Virginia. Over the years, the organization has evolved to tackle other relevant mental health issues, advocating that mental health is a part of overall health. John and Bruce discuss the current state of mental health laws, and how many of them are reactive instead of proactive. Bruce points to one of the biggest problems with mental health practices in Virginia and that is access.
Episode 12: Connection over Addiction
On this episode of the Mind Itself, John Witbeck chats with Brandee Izquierdo, the Executive Director of the SAFE Project . The SAFE Project is a non-profit that was founded three years ago by Admiral James and Mary Winnefeld after their 19-year-old son passed away from an accidental opioid overdose. They formed four initiatives in the organization: SAFE campuses, SAFE communities, SAFE workplaces and SAFE veterans.
Episode 11: A Focus Toward Post-Traumatic Growth
On this episode of the Mind Itself, Ken Falke, founder of the Boulder Crest Foundation, joins to talk about the importance of his program that is geared towards veterans, first responders, and those in professions that deal with PTSD. Boulder Crest is a nonprofit organization that specializes aiding in helping men and women who experience trauma live their life to the fullest.
Episode 10: Connecting Clients to Resources and Individualized Treatments
Casey Sarafinas joins John on this episode of the Mind Itself. With fifteen years of experience as a licensed therapist, plus her own experience dealing with trauma and mental health, Casey is the clinical director of Wellness Connection. The Wellness Connection is a one-stop-shop that aims to connect clients to resources and different aspects of treatment. Casey shares her insight with treatments, co-parenting, divorce, and her struggles.
Episode 9: Examining Mental Health Stressors and Career Positions
In this episode of The Mind Itself, John is joined by Doug Glen, a federal government civil servant who had his own experiences dealing with mental health, the struggle with stigma, and balancing it with his job. Covering topics from his struggle to how the government attempts to support their employee’s mental health-wise, Doug brings insights from a different perspective from the heart of DC.
Episode 8: How the Marcus Law is Paving the Way for Mental Health Legislation in VA
On this episode of the Mind Itself, Jim LaGraffee, executive director of Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services joins us to discusses the impact that Virginia legislator has on how mental health is dealt with in crises. Covering topics that range from the basics of the Marcus Alert, to how there is a major lack of funding when it comes to mental health resources, Jim talks about the growths the state is achieving, along with what could still be bettered.
Understandable, Enjoyable, and Educational
Great podcast. Its presented in a way a layman can understand and appreciate the topics discussed. I also like the variety of guests from different sectors involved with mental health.
Great podcast. Lots of feels generated by these casts. I wish I could give more than 5 stars. Bummer.