1N5 of Us Podcast: Changing the Mental Health Landscape
A podcast working to STOP the stigma and START the conversation about mental health
This podcast takes a close look at many of the mental health challenges that exist while learning about people, programs, and organizations that are working to overcome these obstacles. 1 in 5 people experience a mental health challenge in any given year but with the proper intervention, individuals can go on to live full and productive lives. Tune in to find out to how to build a community that is empowered to START the conversation around mental health and wellness.
Episode 39 – September 25, 2021:
Mauri Talks Clinical Psychology
Content Warning: self-harm, suicidal actions. This episode contains details of self-harm and a suicide attempt.
Today, we sat down and talked with Mauri Hogan, a third-year clinical psychology doctoral student with a history of anxiety, PTSD, OCD, and depression. Mauri talks about her mental health journey and how it impacted her career path. She survived a suicide attempt her junior year of high school, and after being treated at an inpatient facility, she realized she had a passion for psychology and helping others like her. She talks about what it’s like living with mental illness while being a practicing clinician and a doctoral student. Currently, she’s working at a prison as a therapist, and she talks about the importance of letting others hold your emotional weight so you can make space to hold someone else’s.
Episode 38 – September 11, 2021:
Nathan talks Therapy and His Mental Health Journey
Today, we sat down and talked with Nathan Stanley, a senior at Ohio University who shared his mental health journey of living with depression, generalized anxiety, and a history of self-harm. Nathan talks about his diagnoses, his experience with therapy, and his recovery from self-harm. We also talk about how he developed generalized anxiety as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, how he recognized the need to seek treatment, and the importance of stigma reduction. We hope you enjoy!
Episode 37 – August 28, 2021:
Emily Talks Disordered Eating Recovery
Emily Zeiler, an Ohio University student studying political science, has struggled with disordered eating and anxiety throughout her life. Emily has grown up not speaking about her mental health since her family never discussed topics like that. When she went to college, she was able to discover resources to help her handle her anxiety and friends that helped her with her struggles of disordered eating. Though the journey has been bumpy, Emily is ready for the future with the help of her support system. We hope you enjoy!
Episode 36 – August 14, 2021:
Tyler Talks Grief Recovery
Today, we sat down with Tyler Belmont, a server and bartender studying to get his real estate license. During the pandemic, Tyler lost four family members within six months. He talks about his experience with loss and grief recovery. He joined a grief recovery program and learned how to complete his grief. He talks about the recovery process, his moment of clarity and closure, and how he takes care of himself after working through the program. We hope you enjoy!
Episode 35 – July 31 2021:
Bhavya Talks Psychotherapy
Today, we sat down with Bhavya Arora, founder and CEO of New Thought Therapist. She is a TEDx Speaker, Global Competence trainer, Intercultural Learning Trainer and counselor, and internationally trained psychotherapist from India, the USA, and the Netherlands. Bhavya currently provides mental health services in her private practice in New Delhi, India, and consults as a trainer and mental health specialist with various start-ups and social impact organizations. Passionate about mental health advocacy, through her social impact enterprise, New Thought Therapist, she works to expand access to quality mental health support and simplified psychoeducation. We talk about her mental health journey, how she became a psychotherapist, and some of the amazing work she’s doing to promote mental health services in her country! We hope you enjoy!
Episode 34 – July 17, 2021:
Conversations with Cam Host Talks Body Positivity + Mental Health
We sat down with Camryn Mort, host of the Conversations with Cam podcast and mental health blogger. Camryn started learning about the mental health industry when her sister, Lindsey, was diagnosed with major depressive disorder. Sophomore year of college, Camryn started having severe anxiety, which led to panic attacks. After going to therapy for 6 months, she decided to start her own blog to normalize talking about mental health and to make people feel less alone in their journeys as well. We talk with Camryn about her mental health journey, body positivity, what led her to talk freely about mental health, and how she started her podcast. We hope you enjoy!
Episode 33 – July 3, 2021:
Sarah Talks Failing Forward
We sat down with Sarah Brown, host of the Failing Forward podcast and founder of 0.0 Living. On air since January 2018, Failing Forward aims to inspire listeners to see failure as an opportunity—a gift, even. We talk with Sarah about her mental health journey, how Failing Forward came to be, and how her experience with alcohol led to her co-creating a community for women to try becoming alcohol-free. We hope you enjoy!
Episode 32 – June 19, 2021:
Ariana Talks Being a Mom with Mental Illness
Ariana McGrath is a 28-year-old mom living with OCD and anxiety. Ariana works as an instructor at a dance studio, and she also runs a blog called momlifeinleggings on Instagram. We talked with Ariana about her experience living with mental illness as a mom and how she’s working to stop the stigma through her Instagram. We hope you enjoy!
Episode 31 – June 5, 2021:
Kat Talks Trauma Reporting in the Digital Age
Our discussion today is with Kat Tenbarge, a senior reporter on Insider’s digital culture desk. She serves as an influencer watchdog, technology reporter, and culture writer. She is best known for her investigative “Me Too” reporting on YouTubers like David Dobrik and Jeffree Star. We talk with Kat about her experience with trauma reporting, her own mental health journey, and what it’s like to report on trauma in the digital age. We hope you enjoy!
Episode 30 – May 22, 2021:
Autumn’s Mental Health Journey
We talked to Autumn Kessler, Miss Portsmouth Ohio, about her childhood and her mental health journey. We discussed why she shifted her platform focus to Children’s Mental Health in 2020, her program “Whole Child. Whole Health.”, and her role with Ohio Guidestone as a Qualified Behavioral Health Specialist. We hope you enjoy!
Episode 29 – May 8, 2021:
Emily Talks Family & Marriage Therapy
We sat down with Emily Sanders, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California. She has several areas of clinical focus and is passionate about those who are struggling in their fight with anxiety, who want to live their best lives but can’t because anxiety holds them back. She also focuses on perfectionism, relationship issues, and parent wounds. In addition, she also specializes in working with leaders, including those in managerial, pastoral, or corporate roles who are facing burnout, exhaustion, or a lack of fulfillment in their jobs. Emily received her Master’s of Science in Clinical Psychology at Vanguard University and has been in the world of psychotherapy for over 12 years. In addition to therapy, she has a passion to help educate others and has spent time as an adjunct professor of Human Development and Psychology at Life Pacific University. During our conversation, we talk about marriage and family therapy, faith, and family trauma. We hope you enjoy!
1,000 Solutions – YCSP
Episode 3 (of 5) – May 1, 2021:
Mental Health Resources
We are excited to bring you the third episode of the five-episode series podcast, 1000 solutions, created by members of the Youth Council for Suicide Prevention (YCSP). The YCSP is jointly facilitated by 1N5 and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The goal of the podcast is to normalize therapy while educating individuals on the various coping strategies you can employ to optimize your own well-being. In this episode, we learn about other resources aside from therapy to utilize to work on your mental health and wellness! We hope you enjoy!
Episode 28 – April 24, 2021:
Preston Brown Foundation
Today, we sat down with Patrice McDowell-Brown, MBA and Executive Director of the Preston Brown Foundation, Inc. In June 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Patrice became certified, by the National Council of Behavioral Health, as a Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor. Her passion for mental wellness and love of sports drive the foundation’s mission. In our conversation, we learn about her son Preston’s mental health journey, the founding of the Preston Brown Foundation, and some of the amazing work they are doing in the community.
1,000 Solutions – YCSP
Episode 2 (of 5) – April 17, 2021:
Types of Therapy
We are excited to bring you the second episode of the 5 episode series podcast, 1000 solutions, created by members of the Youth Council for Suicide Prevention (YCSP). The YCSP is jointly facilitated by 1N5 and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The goal of the podcast is to normalize therapy while educating individuals on the various coping strategies you can employ to optimize your own well-being. In this episode, we learn about possible reasons you seek out therapy, different types of therapy, how parents are involved, and the goal of therapy. We hope you enjoy!
Episode 27 – April 10, 2021:
Sabi Shares Her Mental Health Journey
We sat down with Sabi Dillion of the Beautifully Broken blog, YouTuber, podcaster, and Instagram account. We learned about her mental health journey with depression, anxiety, trauma, suicidal idealization, and suicidal attempts. She discussed her journey to getting help, going to treatment, her path to healing, and what motivates her to continue creating content for her various media outlets.
1,000 Solutions – YCSP
Episode 1 (of 5) – April 3, 2021:
Today, we are excited to introduce a 5-episode series podcast, 1000 solutions, created by members of the Youth Council for Suicide Prevention (YCSP). The YCSP is jointly facilitated by 1N5 and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The goal of the podcast is to normalize therapy while educating individuals on the various coping strategies you can employ to optimize your own well-being. In this episode, we hear a little about Diya’s and Julia’s mental health journeys and why they decided to join the YCSP. We hope you enjoy!
The Youth Council for Suicide Prevention is a joint effort by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and 1N5 to address the need for continued attention to suicide prevention in Greater Cincinnati. YCSP values the voice of young people and aims to empower youth to address an issue that has a profound effect on them. Approximately 100 young adults have served on the council and members are recruited from area schools. Most members have dealt with suicide first-hand through family, friends, or their own attempts.
Episode 26 – March 27, 2021:
Zoe’s Experience with Mental Health & the LGBTQ+ Community
Episode 26 is an amazing conversation with Zoe Stoller (she/they), a professional digital marketer based in Philadelphia. She is passionate about sharing education and motivation about the LGBTQ+ and mental health communities, and her goal is to inspire others to be their fullest, most authentic selves. She is a recent Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, and in her spare time, she loves to read and write poetry. Zoe shares her mental health journey, how she came to be an advocate and educator, and how she takes care of her mental health while managing difficult or negative conversations on social media. We hope you enjoy!
Episode 25 – March 13, 2021:
Moses’ Journey with Adoption Trauma
In Episode 25 we had a great conversation with Moses Farrow, LMFT, who is an Adoption Trauma Therapist, with over 20 years in the mental health field. He is on a mission to save adoptee lives, sharing his personal experiences as a survivor of abuse, suicide, and suicide loss. He is also an outspoken advocate for mental health, suicide prevention, and adoption reform. Most recently, he has produced videos on YouTube and given his first newspaper interview with The Guardian, about his family and adoption work. He has begun the #truthislouder movement which encourages adoptees to speak their truths and invites everyone to become an ally to the adoptee community to help save adoptee lives. During our conversation, we talked about his mental health journey, what motivates him to be an advocate for adoption trauma, and what adoptive parents can do to help their children thrive.
Episode 24 – February 27, 2021:
Brandon Talks Black Mental Health & Black Mental Wellness Lounge
In Episode 24 we had the opportunity to sit down with Brandon J. Johnson, M.H.S., MCHES, creator of The Black Mental Wellness Lounge. Brandon is a tireless advocate for positive mental health and suicide prevention services for youth and adults across the country and within the local community of Baltimore, MD. He is a subject matter expert in suicide prevention, with a particular focus on suicide prevention planning and suicide prevention strategies for Black youth. Today we talk about how his Black Mental Wellness Lounge came to be, the data around suicide and mental health stigma for Black youth, and mental health within faith-based communities.
Episode 23 – February 13, 2021: Ivy’s Mental Health Journey and Healthy Relationships
We had a great conversation with Ivy Watts, MPH, a Mental Health Empowerment Speaker. Ivy is a former track & field student-athlete who appeared to have it all together, graduating Summa Cum Laude and a top 30 finalist for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award, on the inside struggled daily with anxiety, self-worth and depression. After finally seeking help, Ivy promotes mental wellness and reduces stigma around mental illness by sharing her story through public speaking and her blog, Beautifully Simply You. Ivy has empowered over 8,000 students and over 3,000 administrators and parents to practice mental wellness for themselves and for others. We hope you enjoy!
Episode 22 – January 30, 2021: High Achieving High School Students & Stress
In our 22nd episode, we sat down with Deeyah Prakash, a high school junior at Sycamore High School. We discuss her typical schedule during the school year, her course load, extracurricular activities, typical sleep schedule, and what she feels causes her the most stress. We encourage you to listen to Episode 20 with Dr. Slavin to hear how the typical teenagers’ schedules and mindsets are impacting their mental health. Thank you to Deeyah for letting us have a glimpse into her world! We hope you enjoy!
Episode 21 – January 23, 2021: Andrea’s Journey with Anxiety, Depression, Shame & Faith
For our twenty-first episode, we sit down and have a great conversation with singer, songwriter, and vocal coach Andrea Summer VonAllmen. We discuss her mental health journey with anxiety, depression, and shame and how our faith system can help and/or hinder our mental wellness journey. We hear how Andrea struggled to share with others and then when she did, the stigma that does exist was evident in many peoples; responses to her anxiety and depression. Andrea shares how she was able to finally move toward her healing journey and how this healing still causes difficult conversations with her relationship with God. Andrea shares the coping skills that were holding her back and skills that she learned through therapy. We hope you enjoy!
Episode 20 – January 7, 2021: Academic Impact on Mental Health
For our twentieth episode, we connect with Dr. Stuart Slavin, MD, MEd, and discuss the work he is doing on the impact school structure and workload have on students’ mental health–primarily examining anxiety and depression rates. Dr. Slavin explores how they made big changes at Saint Louis University Medical School during his tenure resulting in lower rates of anxiety and depression while also INCREASING academic performance. Dr. Slavin also dives into student mindset, perfectionism, and resiliency. We hope you enjoy!
Episode 19 – December 31, 2020: Goodbye Stress
For our nineteenth episode, we are featuring one of our State of Mind Speaker series created in partnership with MindPeace Cincinnati and sponsored by the Hamilton County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board and the COPE grant. This series has been developed to provide education and support to youth, caregivers, and educators during this challenging year. We’re glad you’re here to educate yourself and to learn how to keep your brain in a healthy “state of mind”.
Today we are featuring Danielle Williamson, LISW-W, CTP, School-Based Services Manager at Lighthouse Youth & Family Services. Danielle introduces the basics of stress and anxiety and teaches simple coping techniques using a trauma-informed lens.
Episode 18 – December 24, 2020: Bring Change to Mind
For our eighteenth episode, we talk with Leanne Loughran, National Program Director of Bring Change to Mind or BC2M—one of the two evidence-based peer-to-peer programs 1N5 recommends to schools. Leanne shares how BC2M got its start, her role within the organization and how that has grown, and how they work with teens and schools to help stop the stigma. We hope you enjoy!
Episode 17 – December 17, 2020: Coping with Anxiety and Stress for Educators
Todd Provenzano Managing Director of Clinical Service and Partnership at St. Aloysius is here to discuss basic coping skills for managing stress and anxiety using a trauma-informed lens.
With many educators feeling an increased level f anxiety with the uncertainty of switching back and forth with virtual learning and wanting to continue to connect with students regardless of the platform. Many may also have concerns for their students’ safety and wellbeing- increasing the risk of secondary trauma. Take a listen to how we can all use the Sanctuary Institues’s S.E.L.F. model to find solutions and strategies to find healthier living.
Episode 16 – December 10, 2020: Understanding Various Therapy Modalities
For our sixteenth episode, we talk with Julie Knueven, LISW-S, Child and Adolescent Director at Solutions Community Counseling and Recovery Centers about the various therapeutic modalities that are available, from CBT to PCIT, and how to know which modality is right for you. We also discuss some tips and tricks to help with anxiety and depression that impacts our kids as we enter a surge in COVID-19.
Episode 15 – December 3, 2020: Impact of COVID-19 on High Schoolers
For our fifteenth episode, we talk with two Cincinnati students, Diya and Alaina, about all things COVID and staying well. We discuss all the challenges COVID-19 has brought on from the spring shut-down to returning to school this past fall and various ways the students are taking care of their brain health! We hope you enjoy!
Episode 14 – November 26, 2020: Managing Grief and Loss During COVID
Guest host Diya Joshi, a freshman at the University of Cincinnati and a member of Cincinnati’s Youth Council for Suicide Prevention, steps in today to talk with Sheila Munafo-Kanoza, Founder and Director of Companions on a Journey, and Ann Marie Kahwaty-Bogan, MSW, LISW-S, Bereavement Specialist at Companions on a Journey.
For youth, there are numerous losses right now: school, work, connection, sports, certainty, predictability, and normalcy. Some losses are life delayed and some are canceled and gone forever. One of the most effective ways to cope with grief and loss is through a social connection, which is not available for many right now. We hope that you will learn a bit about grief, how grief works in the body, and techniques for identifying and managing the grief of lost experiences.
Episode 13 – November 19, 2020: Creating Your Resilience Toolbox
For our thirteenth episode, we are introducing our State of Mind speaker series brought to you by 1N5 and MindPeace. This series was made possible by the Hamilton County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board and the COPE Grant.
Dr. Ashley Solomon, PsyD, CEDS and Founder of Galia Collaborative discusses how to create resilience. Resilience is the ability to adapt to adversity, trauma, loss, and other sources of stress. There are simple skills that can be taught to youth to build their resiliency. This podcast will introduce these evidence-based techniques and the rationale behind them. We hope you learn something new as you listen!
Episode 12 – November 12, 2020: Impact of COVID-19 on College Students
For our twelfth episode, we talk with two Cincinnati college students, Delaney from Xavier and Karmen from the University of Cincinnati. We discuss all the challenges COVID-19 has brought on from the spring shut-down to returning to campus this past fall and various ways the students are taking care of their brain health! We hope you enjoy!
Episode 11 – October 29, 2020: Changing the Mental Health Landscape
For our eleventh episode, we talk with Machen Champion, Director of Child Clinical Services and Outpatient Lead for Catalyst Consulting. Machen is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Registered Play Therapist, and a Certified Child & Adolescent Trauma Professional. We e discuss how we can better take care of our mental health amidst a global pandemic, racial and social injustices, and the 2020 election season.
Episode 10 – October 15, 2020: COVID’s Impact on Kids’ Mental Health
For our tenth episode, we talk with Rachel McCoy, The Clinical lead for school-based programs at Cincinnati Children’s hospital, and a Licensed professional clinical counselor. We look at how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted students’ mental health, and we discuss some of the resources available to those who may need help with their mental health during this challenging time.
Episode 9 – October 1, 2020: Trauma-Informed Care in Schools
For our ninth episode, we talk with Alison Savage, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Supervisor and Senior Specialist, Program Management at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital’s Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children. We discuss Trauma-Informed Care (TIC), how Alison supports schools with implementing a TIC practice, and how TIC practice helps build resiliency while deescalating or regulating a child in distress. We also learn more about the work The Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children and Joining Forces for Children is doing in the Cincinnati area.
Episode 8 – September 17, 2020: Understanding ACES
For our eighth episode, we talk with Dr. Robert Shapiro, Director of the Child Abuse Team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital’s Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children and Executive Director of Joining Forces for Children. The Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children is a premier program that has helped set the national standard for enhancing and strengthening evaluations of child abuse. They conduct state-of-the-art diagnostic, treatment, prevention, and training programs, as well as cutting-edge research in the field of child sexual abuse, child physical abuse, child neglect, and parenting. Joining Forces for Children strives to address and prevent the risks of childhood adversity and work to strengthen families with the skills, knowledge, support, and resources they need to nurture their children’s health and well-being.
Episode 7 – September 3, 2020: MindPeace Rooms
For our seventh episode, we talk with Elana Carnevale, Program Manager at Mindpeace. The mission of Mindpeace is to ensure that there is a seamless system of mental health care for children and adolescents that meets specific characteristics of quality, provides a continuum of care, has system connections, and is affordable. A focus is the improvement and expansion of school-based mental health services. One of Elana’s responsibilities is to oversee the MindPeace Rooms at various Cincinnati schools. MindPeace Rooms are used to help with de-escalation and provide a social-emotional learning environment where students can learn to self-regulate their bodies and emotions. We talk with Elana about how MindPeace Rooms are utilized, what they teach students, and what the outcomes have been thus far. We hope you enjoy!
Episode 6 – August 20, 2020: The Power of Mindfulness
Meriden McGraw joins us to talk about the power of mindfulness. She shares how mindfulness is a useful tool to promote mental well being, especially in situations of uncertainty and she explains how to get started with our own mindfulness practice. Meriden combines her master’s level education in mental and public health with her training in mind-body modalities to teach about techniques for optimal wellness.
Episode 5 – August 6, 2020: Starting the Mental Health Conversation with Kids
For our fifth episode, we talk with Dr. Anne Louise Lockhart, a Pediatric Psychologist who is Board Certified in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. She is the Founder, President, and Owner of A New Day Pediatric Psychology, PLLC.
We talk with Dr. Lockhart about the stigma around mental health, the modalities of therapies she uses, how she advises parents to start the conversation with their children at different ages, and how to know if a teenager is experiencing typical development or might be experiencing a mental health need.
Episode 4 – July 23, 2020: One Mom’s Journey Navigating a Mental Health Condition alongside her Child
In episode four, we talk to Anne Kelly, the mother of 3 kids, who has walked alongside her kids to help them navigate the mental health system here in Cincinnati. Anne shares her experiences trying to help her kids, how she had some difficult conversations, and what she learned along the way.
Episode 3 – July 9, 2020: Adapting for Life Program
For our third episode, we talk with Stacey Hoffman, LPCC, MEd, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s Program Manager, Adapting for Life. Adapting for Life helps young people understand and identify the drivers that can lead to harmful and suicidal behavior and helps students find better ways of coping during difficult times, so they can adapt and lead healthier lives. We discuss the Adapting for Life program and what a holistic mental health program plan would look like for schools. We also connect with Terri Thomas, a health and physical education teacher with over 30 years of classroom experience. Terri shares the impact that the Adapting for Life program has on her students and how 1N5 has helped shift the mental health culture in the Mariemont schools.
Episode 2 – June 25, 2020: What is Mental Health and Wellness?
Dr. Sorter is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati Medical School and has over 30 years of experience in psychiatry. We talked with him about trends he is seeing in adolescent mental health, what the role of parent/caregiver is for children and teens when a parent should be concerned about their child and burnout within the medical profession. We also connect with Dr. Ashley Solomon, a licensed clinical psychologist, leadership coach, and founder of Galia Collaborative. We discuss breaking down the stigma around mental health, how Galia helps individuals strengthen their mind, what self-care truly means, and tips on navigating the mental health system.
Episode 1 – June 11, 2020: How 1N5 Came to Be
Find out how 1N5 grew out of a family’s and a community’s desire to honor the memory of Jim Miller. 1N5’s Founder and Executive Director, Nancy Eigel-Miller, lost her husband Jim to suicide in 2008. Jim’s death by suicide came as a shock to everyone. No one knew Jim was silently suffering with suicidal thoughts as he was the one always engaging with others and making them feel comfortable. What started out as the Jim Miller Memorial Mile has blossomed into the Warrior Run 5K and 1N5, a Cincinnati non-profit organization with a mission to promote optimal mental health for Cincinnati youth through stigma reduction and evidence-based mental health education.