Al Interviews Dan Ryder | Educator, Improviser & Design Thinker

July 15, 2018

In this episode, Al interviews Dan Ryder, educator, improviser, and design thinker (recorded 5-2-18). Dan describes how his family moved while he was in fifth grade, and the challenges he faced due to the move. This was the beginning of his lifelong struggles with depression, anxiety, anger and stress management. Dan shares what he has learned through hypnotherapy. Dan describes how he has come to terms, in the past couple of years, with the fact that he needed medication to support managing his family, his career, and his art.

You can follow Dan on Twitter @WickedDecent and learn more about him at DanRyder207.com. In addition, check out his book, Intention: Critical Creativity in the Classroom by clicking here.

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Al Interviews Mike Veny | Author, Drummer, Motivational Speaker & Mental Health Advocate

July 1, 2018

In this episode, Al interviews Mike Veny, author, drummer, motivational speaker, and mental health advocate (recorded 6-7-18). Mike describes a challenging childhood consisting of being hospitalized on three different occasions, being expelled from three schools, self-harming, having violent episodes at home, and attempting suicide several times...all by the time he finished tenth grade of high school.

After a significant depressive episode in 2011, Mike fell into advocating and speaking publicly on the topic of mental health. He has also recently published his own book, titled, Transforming Stigma: How to Become a Mental Wellness Superhero. Learn more about Mike and how to book him for an event on his website at mikeveny.com.

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Al Interviews Mike Schlossberg | PA State Representative & Author

June 17, 2018

In this episode, Al interviews Mike Schlossberg, a Pennsylvania State Representative and author (recorded 5-28-18). Mike is best known in his State Representative position for his work around mental health and education. He has been open about his own struggles of depression and anxiety that began at age eighteen. Mike is also a published author. His first book, Tweets and Consequences, is an anthology about the varied ways elected officials have destroyed their careers via social media. Mike's newest book, just made available on June 5, 2018, is a science fiction novel titled, Redemption. In this story, the lead character, dealing with his own depression and anxiety, is tasked with obtaining a vaccine that will save humanity.

You can find out much more about Mike on his author page or his State Representative page. You'll also find Mike on Facebook and on Twitter. Finally, find out how to get your own copy of Redemption here!

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Al Interviews Rene Mullen | Writer, Poet & Mental Health Advocate

June 3, 2018

In this episode, Al interviews writer, poet, and mental health advocate Rene Mullen (recorded 2-7-18). Rene describes a childhood of being bullied that eventually drove him to self-harm (cutting) while just a sixth grader. Rene also describes a messy breakup that his parents went through and his father's attempted suicide. After years of cutting and using alcohol to self-medicate, Rene finally found support while attending college. He eventually found poetry to be a venue that allowed him to unpack the issues of his past and to face reality.

Rene now writes, participates in Performance Poetry, and hosts his own podcast, Pen & Poet. You can find out much more about Rene, listen to the podcast, and check out his blog by going to renemullen.com. In addition, you'll find Rene on Twitter @RMullenWriter and Facebook.

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Al Interviews Dr. Loren Olson | Psychiatrist & Author

May 20, 2018

In this episode, Al interviews Dr. Loren Olson, a psychiatrist and published author (recorded 2-13-18). Dr. Olson shares about his own challenges of depression and the depression that ran in his family. This included his grandfather, who tragically took his own life while living with Dr. Olson when Dr. Olson was only about six years old. Dr. Olson also speaks of the challenges of making the difficult choice of leaving his wife and kids at age forty to declare that he was gay.

Dr. Olson is the author of Finally Out: Letting Go of Living Straight. In this book, Dr. Olson tells the inspiring story of his evolving sexuality, into which he intelligently weaves psychological concepts and gay history. Find out more about Dr. Olson, including his upcoming public speaking engagements, by visiting his website.

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Al Interviews Erez Shek | Mental Health Advocate & Vlogger

May 6, 2018

In this episode, Al interviews Erez Shek, mental health advocate and vlogger (recorded 3-19-18). In this very candid interview, Erez opens up to the challenges he has had living with Bipolar Disorder; from receiving his Bipolar diagnosis on the phone, to seeing a doctor who disregarded his Bipolar diagnosis when prescribing medication to him, and to going to rehab for an addiction to Ambien. In addition, Erez tries to help us understand what it's like to be in the midst of a mania.

Known for his "Shek Check" vlogs, Erez is a staunch advocate for mental health with a focus on Bipolar Disorder. Erez now uses his experiences to further his advocacy work. He utilizes his theatre background and humor to create incredibly creative, inspirational videos. Learn more about Erez, and check out his videos, by visiting his website.

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Al Interviews Patrick Donnelly | Editor & Freelance Writer

April 22, 2018

In this episode, Al interviews Patrick Donnelly, editor and freelance writer (recorded 2-20-17). One of Al's very first interviews, he met Patrick for the first time in his basement to record the show. Patrick describes the overwhelming feelings of being a new father while starting a new job. Finally, after a lifelong battle with anxiety and depression, Patrick sought support thanks to what was essentially an ultimatum by his wife.

Mentally healthy for quite some time, Patrick, like Al, continues to attend a men's support group for anxiety and depression at the Face It Foundation. Patrick also wrote an editorial, "Why Men Like Me Should Talk Openly About Depression" depicting his challenges with mental health. The editorial was published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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Al Interviews Jean-Francois Dupras | Mountaineer & Mental Health Advocate

April 8, 2018

Al interviews Jean-Francois Dupras, mountaineer & mental health advocate (recorded 12-14-17). Jean-Francois describes several traumatizing events early in his life. Self-medicating to get by, Jean-Francois ended up getting arrested as a teen. Soon thereafter, he created plan to take his own life.

Originally from Quebec, Jean-Francois has lived near Banff National Park for approximately twelve years. He works at the park and is an outspoken mental health advocate. He loves mountaineering and has created a goal of climbing the Seven Summits. Through this project, Jean-Francois hopes to raise awareness of mental illnesses and promote the power of dreams and passion. You can find out more about Jean-Francois and his project at jean-francoisdupras.com.

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Al Interviews Joe Barksdale | NFL Offensive Linesman for LA Chargers

March 25, 2018

In this episode, Al interviews Joe Barksdale, offensive tackle for the Los Angeles Chargers of the NFL (recorded 2-27-18). Joe describes the lifelong challenges he has endured living with depression. While Joe is currently at a place in which he has little hope of recovery, he is taking new steps that will hopefully help in move towards improved mental health. Joe is adamant about speaking out about the challenges of depression in order to support others with their recovery and to help normalize the conversations around mental health.

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Al Interviews Josh Okerson | Aspiring Author

March 11, 2018

In this episode, Al interviews Josh Okerson, aspiring author (recorded 12-4-17). Josh discusses his long battle of panic disorder, anxiety, and depression. Josh shares his thoughts on medications and describes one of his most severe panic attacks in detail. He also shares a bit about the book he is writing, which depicts a profound experience that Josh had in which he spoke with God. You can find out more about his book, and even view the first few chapters, at absolutereality.org.

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