The Mental Society

Where Mental Health and Society Meet Mental Health impacts virtually every aspect of our lives, yet it seems we don’t talk about it enough. Mental Health is a public health crisis, and it’s time we discuss how mental wellness impacts our society. The Mental Society is a place for us to do just that; to have open, honest, and deep discussions about how mental health affects every corner of our society. ​ Join us as we open up the conversation and explore how mental health influences our world and everyone living there. We will uncover just how important mental health and wellness are and how it impacts relationships, careers, finances, health, access to care, the criminal justice system, and more.

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Episodes

Friday Feb 03, 2023

TW: Discussions of Suicide
This last week I found a letter 13-year-old me wrote to 18-year-old me. Reading it hit me hard when I saw I had included a note about potential suicide and realized it took over 20 years to get the help I really needed.
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Monday Jan 30, 2023

On this episode of The Mental Society, I am joined by Julie Hall, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Julie joins us in a candid conversation about the mental health implications of infertility and how her own experience led to a career change so she could help others.
You can find Julie at  https://www.juliehalltherapy.com and on Instagram @julievhall01
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Monday Jan 23, 2023

In this episode, I am joined by James Cox. James hosts the podcast When Words Fail…Music Speaks, where he discusses how music can help with depression. James has lived with cerebral palsy all of his life, and now he wants to help people understand that living with a disability does not define who he is. Be sure to check out the links below to learn more about James and to check out his podcast.
Watch James in Sarah Harralson’s music video here.
Website: https://www.whenwordsfailmusicspeaks.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/when_words_fail_podcast
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WWFMSPodcast
Twitter: https://twitter.com/WhenWordsFailMS
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/whenwordsfailmusicspeaks
TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@whenwordsfailmusicspeaks
 
This Week’s Mental Morsel:
Dance!!! Dancing can help keep your mind sharp, improve self-esteem, helps you bond with others, eases depression, lowers anxiety, and more. So, take some time to dance.  Dance in your living room, your car, or anywhere you feel comfortable. Someone may even join in.
www.verywellmind.com/how-dancing-helps-your-mental-health-5206963
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Sunday Jan 22, 2023

There is an Adderall shortage in the US. Listen as I share a little about why, and how it's impacting society
www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-announces-shortage-adderall
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Monday Jan 16, 2023

TW: Discussions of Suicide
If you are feeling suicidal, please reach out to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at lifeline988.org or by calling or texting 988.
 
On this episode of The Mental Society, I am joined by Dr. Robin Henry. Dr. Henry is an Associate Professor of History and Chair of Women's Ethnicity & Intersectional Studies at Wichita State University. Robin is here to talk about her personal experience with suicide. She will talk about how her friend’s suicide more than a decade ago impacted her and continues to. Join me as we take a look at suicide from the perspective of those left behind.  
 
This Week’s Mental Morsel:
So many of us, myself included, use alcohol or other drugs as a way to escape and self-medicate. By keeping alcohol use to a minimum and avoiding other drugs, we are better able to function at work or school, maintain a stable home life, handle life’s difficulties, relate to others, and be present in the moment.
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Monday Jan 09, 2023

On this episode of The Mental Society, I am joined by self-proclaimed bad bitch/sad bitch Monna. MONNA is a quick-witted stand-up comedian, the owner of Claws Out Media & Entertainment, and the creator/producer of Claws Out Comedy.  MONNA balances her dark sense of humor with nuanced wordplay and silver linings as she delves into sensitive subjects- ranging from romantic relationships to dealing with mental health.
You can find more about Monna through the links below, and check out her comedy on your favorite streaming platform.
www.monnacomedy.com
www.clawsoutcomedy.com
 
This week’s Mental Morsel: Take some time to laugh.
Laughing in the short-term increases oxygen relieves your tension, and releases endorphins to help you feel better. Long term, it can improve your immune system, relieve pain, increase personal satisfaction and improve your overall mood. Laughing can feel hard sometimes, so when I’m feeling blah, I enjoy corny and punny jokes, like dad jokes. So take a break and check out this website for some classic dad jokes. https://parade.com/940979/kelseypelzer/best-dad-jokes/https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress-relief/art-20044456
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Wednesday Dec 14, 2022

TW: Discussion of Mental Illness, and Suicide
 
If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 988 or https://988lifeline.org/. You are not alone and help is out there.
 
This episode we are joined by two incredible high school students, Lavik Jain and Shivansh Nikhra. They are using computers and social media to help identify individuals who may be at high risk of suicide and connect them with the help they need.
 
Their project is called SuicideWatch. Check out what they are doing at at www.projectsuicidewatch.org.
 
Lavik Jain is a high school senior always wanting to test his limits. As the cofounder of Explore. Design. Solve!, he has been helping others harness their skills in STEM toward projects (similar to SuicideWatch) bettering society. In college he intends to pursue studies in Physics and Computer Science. 
 
Shivansh Nikhra is a senior at Centennial High School in Frisco. His involvement in speech and debate has taught him about prominent social issues, which he uses technology to solve. Shivansh plans to study computer science in college.  
 
This week’s Mental Morsel: Take some time away from social media. Social media can be a great place to connect with people and a way to disconnect from the world, but sometimes we spend more time than we planned mindlessly scrolling. When I scroll too long, I begin to compare myself to what I see others posting and wonder what I am doing wrong that my life doesn’t look like that. A reminder that what you see on social media is a highlight reel of someone else’s life that you are comparing to all the parts of your everyday life. So set the phone down and enjoy this moment.
 
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Suicide and Me

Tuesday Dec 13, 2022

Tuesday Dec 13, 2022

TW: Discussion of Mental Illness, and Suicide
If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 988 or https://988lifeline.org. You are not alone and help is out there.
This is the second of three episodes discussing suicide. In this episode I’m going to share more about my personal struggles with suicide, and how I have been impacted by suicide.  
If you want to hear my mental health journey you can check it out here or you can listen to this podcast episode.
Mental Morsel: Staying connected can help our mood.
Feeling well connected to other people promotes positive mental health, physical health and gives life meaning.
New research into human connection suggests that emotional conversations, support, positive vibes and affirmations can all help to enhance our mental health.
Paying attention to the small moments of connection in our daily lives yields benefits both personally and interpersonally
 
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Suicide by the Numbers

Friday Dec 09, 2022

Friday Dec 09, 2022

Suicide: By the Numbers
TW: Discussion of Mental Illness, and Suicide
If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 988 or https://988lifeline.org. You are not alone and help is out there.
This is the first of three episodes about suicide. This episode I’m going to share a little about suicide statistics, and some thoughts on why I think suicide rates have risen over the last 20 years.
Mental Morsel:
The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the United States. We're committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.
 
Links for additional information:
https://ncoa.org/article/suicide-and-older-adults-what-you-should-know
https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/suicide#part_2557
https://www.thetrevorproject.org/resources/article/facts-about-lgbtq-youth-suicide/
https://www.cdc.gov/suicide/facts/disparities-in-suicide.html
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All the Numbers...

Friday Nov 11, 2022

Friday Nov 11, 2022

TW: Discussion of Mental Illness, and Substance Abuse
 
This episode we dig into the numbers to highlight the significant impact Mental Health has on our society. I have done my best to use information from multiple reputable sources which are linked below. Remember it can be easy to manipulate statistics; so, check out these resources, come to your own conclusions. Discover how much Mental Health impacts individuals, our society and the economy.
 
This week’s Mental Morsel: Spend a few minutes a day in the sun. The sun is the best natural source of Vitamin D, the amount of sun we get has a more significant impact on our moods than rain, temperature, or any other environmental factor, and it may even help you sleep better at night. And who doesn’t need an excuse to get up and go outside in the middle of the day?
https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-HealthProfessional/
 
Resources:
Find some general statistics here, and here.
Some basic stats on suicide can be found here.
Here is information about why people don’t receive treatment and look here for costs of treatment.
Here, here, and here are places you can find out more information about the impact and costs of mental health in the workplace.
Information about substance use/abuse can be found here, here, and here.
Here is some information about the criminal justice system and mental health and here you can find information about homelessness.
 
Here’s my blog about access to care with even more numbers: https://www.thementalsociety.com/post/mental-health-substances-and-access
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