Episode 1: The Great Escape (Justin)
Justin B. Long grew up in a household where his parents’ trauma affected how he was raised. He grew up lacking self-worth and the relationship and communication skills he needed, and he did not know how to overcome his anger and negative thoughts. He tried several means of escaping the negativity and trauma in his life, including alcohol and joining the army, but when nothing else was working, he attended a 12-step meeting that changed his life forever. Listen as Justin tells the story of his childhood trauma, newfound vulnerability, and his mental health healing journey by trying things like EMDR therapy.
Episode 2: When True Crime = Reality (Ashley Michelle)
Ashley Michelle survived a horrible crime at the hands of her ex boyfriend and now suffers from PTSD. In this episode, she tells the story of her attack and what has helped her on her journey to healing. Counseling, human connection, and finding an activity that gives her peace have been critical in her mental health journey. Now, her mission is to connect with other survivors of crimes and aid in helping them to keep pushing forward instead of turning to negative ways of coping with trauma.
Episode 3: Fear vs. Resilience (Charmaine)
Charmaine Hammond, public speaker and mental health advocate, survived a boating incident that taught her about fear, resilience, and the power of the mind. Listen as she tells her story and talks about how her experience prepared her to battle breast cancer and led her to the unique opportunity to become an executive producer of the animated film Back Home Again, which features the voices of Michael J Fox, Kim Basinger, Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Ed Asner, and more. The film was inspired by the 2016 Fort McMurray fires in Alberta, Canada, which is the largest wildfire evacuation in the province’s history.
Episode 4: How to Keep a Man (Danielle)
What should I do to keep my man? This is the question that Danielle used to ask herself for years when the men in her life weren’t sticking around. After a bout with depression and anorexia nervosa, she dealt with her feelings in therapy and became a healthier and better version of herself. Other topics discussed include – alcoholism, Scientology, divorce, self-esteem, miscarriage, anorexia.
Episode 5: Homelessness and Mental Health (Daniel)
What are the causes of homelessness? One of the facts about homelessness is that it is linked to mental health. Daniel, who is gender fluid, may have autism spectrum disorder and struggles with anxiety. An effect of their homelessness was a diagnosis of Complex PTSD. Hear Daniel tell their story of homelessness, mental health, and a search for identity and acceptance.
Episode 6: Code Blue (Heather)
Heather Hutchison has been blind since birth and struggles with depression and suicidal ideation. However, her disability and mental health struggles did not stop her from becoming an award-winning singer-songwriter and a best-selling author. Listen as she shares her unique experiences and some of the techniques that help her cope with the depressive episodes she sometimes experiences.
Episode 7: Nature vs. Nurture (Walker)
Walker Brandt is a model, actress, producer, and international best selling author. As a young adult, she signed with Elite Model Management and began modeling in Milan. She has had roles in movies and TV shows like City Slickers, Dante’s Peak, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Beverly Hills 90210. However, her past might surprise you. Hear Walker share her childhood memories of abuse and instability on episode 7.Get a FREE chapter of Walker’s Book: U Talk – Season 3
Episode 8: A Darker Shade of Baby Blues (Neha)
Postpartum depression goes beyond baby blues, and it is more common than most people think. Many women show signs of postpartum depression, but they never talk about it or seek help. Hear Neha’s fourth trimester story, as well as her experience of reentering the workforce after having her child.Purchase Neha’s Book: U Talk – Season 3