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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Al Interviews Paul Currington | Storyteller

February 25, 2018

In this episode, Al interviews Paul Currington, ex-comedian and now (still very funny) storyteller. Inspired by The Moth, Paul has created Fresh Ground Stories. Every fourth Thursday of the month, people gather at the Roy Street Coffee and Tea in Seattle, Washington to share true stories about their lives that still mean something weeks, months or even years later. In this episode, Paul shares about the many years he has struggled with depression that eventually led to a suicide attempt. Paul's father left their family when Paul was very young and his mother brought him with her to raise him in Alaska where she left Judaism to become a missionary for the Baha'i faith. Paul suffered years of verbal abuse from his mother until she passed away, leaving Paul on his own at age seventeen.

Paul has a guest post on my blog in which he describes the importance of sharing one's challenges with others, particularly family. You can find out more about Fresh Grounds Stories by going to their website, their Facebook page, or their Meetup page.

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Al Interviews Gary Pollard | Founder of Men Tell Health

February 11, 2018

In this episode, Al interviews Gary Pollard, founder of Men Tell Health (recorded 10-15-17). After months of stomach pains and misdiagnoses, Gary was finally admitted to the hospital, put through some tests, and sent directly to the operating table for exploratory surgery. During surgery, it was discovered that his colon had burst. Gary shares his struggles of dealing with a temporary colostomy bag and the trauma it had caused him. After an attempting suicide, Gary finally received support for PTSD and depression.

After starting with an award-winning blog, Gary went on to found Men Tell Health, an organization that is "devoted to helping men, blokes, gadgies, geezers and dudes around the world through the sometimes murky world of mental illness." Hear about some of the amazing advocacy and support that Gary and Men Tell Health have been involved in.

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Al Interviews John Solomon | Lead Singer & Song Writer of Communist Daughter

January 28, 2018

In this episode, Al interviews John Solomon, lead singer and songwriter of the popular Twin Cities band, Communist Daughter (recorded 1-17-18). John shares his past struggles of addiction and living with bipolar 1 disorder. He shares some of the challenges of the manias, including firing his entire band from the back of a van to purchasing a restaurant because he enjoyed cooking. John describes how addiction and unmanaged bipolar disorder led to his arrest before he finally checked himself into Hazelden to begin his path to recovery. Hear about touring as a recovering addict while managing bipolar disorder and much more. Communist Daughter will be playing at the upcoming Sober Bowl on February 4 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Al Interviews Robert Vore | Blogger, Podcaster & Mental Health Advocate

January 14, 2018

In this episode, Al interviews Robert Vore, blogger, podcaster, and mental health advocate (recorded 9-17-17). Robert shares many of the struggles he had throughout his life in dealing with depression. He describes how he built a support system that included therapy and friends with whom he could open up to when he needed help. Robert also discusses some of the work he does around mental health advocacy, including his podcast, CXMH. You can learn more about Robert Vore on his website: robert-vore.com.

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Al Interviews John | City Public Works Employee

December 31, 2017

In this episode, Al interviews John, a local city public works employee (recorded 2-15-17). One of Al's first interviews, John and Al were connected through a mutual acquantance of one of the several support groups for men with depression at Face It. At the time of this recording, only two days earlier, John had just completed nearly twelve weeks of rehab for his depression. He had also just started back at his job two days prior to the interview. John shares what some of his most challenging days were like living alone with depression. He describes his home as one of a hoarder with not more than ten feet of available floor space at its worst. Hear how integral John's friends were in getting him on the path to recovery.

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Al Interviews JP | Blogger & Podcaster

December 17, 2017

In this episode, Al interviews blogger & podcaster, JP (recorded on 8-17-17). JP was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder over 14 years ago and more recently with Avoidant Personality Disorder and Dysthymia. JP shares what it's like to live with these diagnoses and his efforts to remain on the path to recovery. Having attempted suicide on more than one occasion, JP went to extremes to make sure that he could no longer buy a firearm. You can learn more about JP, read his blog, and hear his podcast by going to Jamoalki "Depressed Not Dead".

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