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mentalhealthifiedWhy MHNR Will Always Stand by “Mental Health”

What’s wrong with the words “mental health,” you ask? Not a thing! Then why, we wondered, were the folks at Mental Health News Radio coming up against roadblock upon roadblock in regard to the name of our show? It’s true, the phrasing and the connotations of “mental health” have some long held—though undeserved—stigmas attached to them. We get it. But that’s precisely why we refuse to rebrand around it. We tackle this beast (that somehow mental health is any less deserving or crucial to one’s psyche and physicality than brain health, bone health, or overall physical health) every. single. day.


Program for Assertive Community Treatment (PACT): Dr. Ross Ellenhorn on MHNR

Join our host Kristin Walker as she interviews Dr. Ross Ellenhorn of www.ellenhorn.com. Dr. Ellenhorn and his former partner, Dr.  Madhavl Prakash, founded Prakash Ellenhorn, now Ellenhorn, with the goal of  synergizing their expertise and experience to create a private, state-of–the–art PACT program.  Not only will you learn about Ellenhorn, a facility that embraces a holistic and psychosocial perspective, but you will also learn about the man that runs a vibrant, energized organization that is innovative,  flexible, thoughtful, and provides individualized treatment planning for clients .  Dr. Ellenhorn is the first person to receive a joint Ph.D. from the prestigious Florence Heller School for Social Welfare Policy and Management and the Department of Sociology at Brandeis University. After the interview, you will understand that this first won’t be his last.

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Meet the Faces of Mental Health News Radio: Melissa Richards, Counselor and Guest on Empowered Empaths

big-laugh-no-sweater-copyAfter earning a master’s degree in professional counseling from Liberty University in Virginia, Melissa Richards moved to Tampa, Florida, where she encountered a variety of populations and concerns in her many hours of training to become a licensed mental health counselor. Coincidentally, Tampa is also the birthplace of her first foray into private practice: otherwise known as Restoration Counseling Center.While she continues to practice today (though now based in Miami), Melissa enjoys any opportunity she’s offered that allows her to expand her counseling reach and notes the honor and joy she receives from “walking alongside so many hurting people.” That includes writing articles and speaking to larger audiences through various conferences or podcasts—and as of this summer, it also includes joining the Mental Health News Radio team.


The Art of Empathy: An Interview with Karla McLaren

emotion-dynamics-330-x-132How can we create a healthy workplace for health and healing professionals?

Study after study confirms that health and healing professionals who demonstrate empathy provide better care with higher patient/client satisfaction. However, empathic burnout and compassion fatigue are a constant presence in the working lives of health professionals.

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Nutrition and Mental Health: What is the Connection? Christina Veselak, LMFT, CN

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Join our host Kristin Walker as she learns about focusing on Mental Health and Nutrition with Christina Veselak MA, LMFT, CN. Christina’s experience and training as a Mental Health Nutritionist has led her to see how our personal biochemistry affects our mood and behavior. By practicing Mental Health Nutrition she is able to help her clients identify nutritionally based issues such as protein intake, blood sugar balance & hypoglycemia, food intolerance’s and genetic issues in order to reduce depression, anxiety, insomnia, relapse, and even some psychotic symptoms. Most complex disorders have both emotional and biochemical components to them, therefore, we need to address both at the same time.
 
 
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Meet the Faces of Mental Health News Radio: Melanie Vann, Counseling and Program Director

We start with our Program Director, resident counselor, and Marketing & Advocacy Director, Melanie Vann. 

A trained behavioral health expert who’s innately intrigued by all that people come to endure during their lifetime, Melanie Vann has been working with Mental Health News Radio and everythingEHR since May 2015. Over the past year and change, her role with the MHNR team has evolved considerably, as she moved quickly from small marketing tasks to a more prominent role in show hosting and management.

Whether she’s on-air co-hosting or behind the scenes vetting guests or writing her next blog post, Melanie draws on her years in private practice as a counselor, life coach, and equine therapist to bring to light the hottest topics of behavioral health today. For more on what makes Melanie tick—and what’s to come regarding her role at MHNR—keep reading.

Dan Griffin on his NCAD Message about Men’s Trauma

Furthering a “Trauma-Enlightened” Conversation

dangriffinDan Griffin, an author and international expert on men and trauma, has a bone to pick with the behavioral healthcare system, and he’s not afraid of how controversial it may sound. “I don’t think it’s men who are failing treatment; I think it’s we who are failing them,” he said recently in an interview with Kristin Walker on Mental Health News Radio—one that proved provocative in its candid discussion of gender, the danger of man rules’ rigidity, and the concept of conscious masculinity. Listen to a list of all of Dan’s podcasts:

 

Supporting Addiction and Recovery: Jon Meredith with MyBrainSolutions

logoHost Kristin Walker had the pleasure of interviewing Jon Meredith, Director of Business Development of MyBrainSolutions. With Mental Health News Radio’s upcoming NCAD event, this insightful and educationally packed interview lends to a thought out evidence based approach to addiction that we truly are encouraged by. Their three step process of assess, train, and monitor helps to generate new brain patterns and aid in the recovery process.  Listen as Jon shares his passion and expertise with Kristin in this intriguing interview.

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Mental Health News Radio Live at The National Conference on Addiction Disorders

NCAD (1)Mental Health News Radio is heading to Denver again! MHNR’s Kristin Sunanta Walker will be doing live interviews at the National Conference on Addiction Disorders starting August 18. From the halls of the conference floor and a media room that the conference graciously set up for the show, Walker will be touching base with vendors, participants, and session presenters (many of whom have appeared on the show previously), with no topic off the table. Through live interviews and lots of candid conversation, Walker hopes to make new connections and further much-needed conversations on the most crucial messages coming out of this conference. Here, Walker talks about why she wanted to make this trip, what she’s most excited about, and how you can listen along.

Improving Patient Retention Rates in Behavioral Health

off1In today’s world of convenience, it is simple to search for a product or service you need online, order it, and move on with your life with very little interruption. Often, once a consumer has received their product or service, they never have contact with the vendor again. Their transaction over, there is no need for additional communication.

In the health industry, however, particularly in the field of behavioral health, it is much more important that the patient and doctor build a relationship of trust. Several factors can be involved in a patient’s physical and mental state, and past relationships can be crucial in diagnosing and treating the patient and maintaining the patient’s health.

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