Mental Health News Radio

Welcome Director of Security Donna Li Puma

We are pleased to welcome Donna Li Puma as our Director of Security for Mental Health News Radio Network. Donna has been providing us with her unique perspective on how to ensure the safety of our interviewers at conferences for some time. We have now asked her to join our team because of the unique understanding of mental wellness she learned through her career and personal life experiences.

Donna’s career in law enforcement was as an officer in New York, New Hampshire and Florida, where she earned certification as a firearms instructor.  She is very proud to have been selected to work in the first private police force for the Olympic Games and with President Reagan’s body guard team during his first term. She also served a tour of duty with the U.S. Army’s Military Intelligence Branch. After discharge she worked for the Federal Aviation Administration in Miami as a Detective, Internal Investigator. She was called back to active duty after 9/11 and had assignments in both Desert Storm and in-country Iraq, reaching the rank of Captain. A full resume of her career in this field includes work as a Federal Computer Crimes Investigator, a Special Agent and more than fifteen years in military intelligence.

We are proud to have Donna on our growing team and look forward to her presence at all venues (even if no one but our team knows exactly where she is).  

Questions for our Director of Security? Email Donna here.

The Team Around PACT (Program for Assertive Community Treatment): Ellenhorn.com

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Zoi Andalcio and Lisa Copolla, part of the counseling team discuss with our host, Kristin Sunanta Walker, the impact that working with and for Ellenhorn.com’s mental health community has made in their lives. Prakash Ellenhorn has changed it’s name to “Ellenhorn”. This change has absolutely no impact on the level of care that we provide or how we work with our clients – it is simply just a change in the name itself.

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Earlier this year, Dr. Ross Ellenhorn purchased the company from his business partner, Dr. Madhavi Prakash, on very good terms. Since then, our team has been spending time thinking about a new name, and decided on Ellenhorn. Prakash Ellenhorn is widely recognized and held in high regard within the mental health community and with many business partners – and we did not want to lose the name recognition entirely.

With the launch of our new name comes a significant branding transformation. We have a fresh new look that emphasizes our philosophy at Ellenhorn: rebuilding purposeful lives through compassionate care. Having spent years in Arlington, getting to know the specific historical culture of our town, we have also decided to revisit our residence’s old roots and re-name it “The Brackett House,” as this better represents the house itself.  Please visit our brand new website – www.ellenhorn.

Meet the Faces of Mental Health News Radio Network: Beck Gee-Cohen

Beck Gee-Cohen has a passion for trans issues—and by that, he means talking the greater community through how they can fix their “issues” with trans people. “I identify as transgender,” he says. “And when I talk to clinicians, I explain to them: It’s not us, it’s you.”

Listen to Beck’s first show on our podcast: Gender Matters.

Listen to Beck’s second show on our podcast: The Language of Gender.

Sure, Beck has a personal connection to issues of gender and sexuality. But his background has also afforded him a wealth of experience and skills to further the trans conversation in this country. “I’ve been working with the LGBT population for a long time,” he says. “My passion is with the trans community and helping clinicians, therapists, and the world to know more about trans people.”When he’s talking to an audience on how clinicians can better help their trans clients in addiction treatment (he’s a regular NCAD presenter), he can tell it’s a controversial topic—because not everyone wants to talk about it. But overall, Beck says it’s less about the mistakes you make in speaking the wrong way and more about being open to learning a different and better way. “I wanted to give a voice to the trans community, and that begins by not being afraid to start that conversation,” he says.

Whether he’s talking to professionals at prisons, schools, or treatment facilities, the message about how we can better serve the trans community is clear: Language is powerful. But the healing starts in speaking out. “This is such a traumatized community, and we need to talk about it,” he says. “We need to start asking questions: Why are they hypervigilant? What are they angry? Why are they scared? Because the world around us is scary.”

Beck’s role at MHNR is evolving, and we’re excited to explore more issues that delve into the intricacies of gender and sexuality. Stay tuned for more conversations on the chasm that exists between male and female and how clinicians can better help those clients, who often feel trapped in a world that doesn’t know their name. “Let’s get beyond the semantics of he/she,” says Beck. “It’s really not that difficult. We’re all just people.”

Chronicles of a Ghetto Rose with Artist Moise Morancy

morancyMoise Morancy is a 21 year old American actor, director, hip-hop recording artist, poet, writer and activist from Brooklyn, New York. He’s best known for his acting roles/projects and his hardcore, thought provoking, uncensored rap music. A tough exterior and with good reason, he often expresses that it derives from pain and hardship. He likes to say “without change, one cannot grow” and the ability to do both are some of his greatest attributes.

Who he is begins with his mother. She is an educated woman who came to America for a better life but her goals were derailed by a man who knowingly gave her the AIDS virus, that man – is his father. In the early 90’s, his sick mother was abandoned by his father and left homeless as she gave birth to Moise. Luckily, he was born without the disease. To say God is good would be an understatement! Though God is great, the road to success has not been easy. He truly believes it’s been difficult for a reason, to teach him the importance of family and love. It has given him a purpose in life. And that purpose is to be an entertainer!

It was our privilege to spend an hour taking a deep dive with Moise into his background, his career, therapy, and his advocacy. Please enjoy his interview below: 

 

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Self-Forgiveness is Fundamental to Healing: Narcissistic Abuse Evelyn M. Ryan

Our need to forgive our abusers can be guilt-driven based on our moral, ethical or religious beliefs and convictions. We also while dealing with forgiveness have to deal with other daunting and unique challenges faced while grieving our losses.

Radio host, Kristin Walker and author Evelyn Ryan discuss the purpose of forgiveness in healing from narcissistic abuse and some of the challenges that abuse survivors deal with regarding forgiveness that can hinder their healing. Read complete blog article here.

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Electronic Health Records: Can the Whole Experience be Zen – Dan Callahan!

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Before becoming cofounder of the behavioral health EHR company ZenCharts (chief sponsor of Mental Health News Radio), Dan Callahan enjoyed a long career in human services. After earning a master’s in social work degree from Fordham University in New York City, he worked as a social worker and a certified addictions professional, in therapeutic, administrative, even executive capacities. His 30-year career also includes authoring two workbooks and coauthoring a training curriculum for the New York State Office of Mental Health.

What made him make the jump from human services to software? Mental Health News Radio host Kristin Walker recently caught up with Callahan to find out. For the story on what led Callahan to the EHR market, as well as how his personality aids him in helping effect positive changes in the behavioral health market, keep reading and listening.

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It Ain’t Weak to Speak: Catching Up with Sam Webb of LIVIN

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Sam Webb Cofounder of LIVIN on Why #ItAintWeaktoSpeak

He may hail from Sydney, Australia, but Sam Webb has traveled the globe to further a cause that he’s keenly passionate about: mental health and suicide prevention. Sam has fought his own mental health challenges, as almost anyone can relate, but it’s the act of a dear friend, Dwayne Lally, taking his own life three years ago that spurred Sam to action.

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Enjoy Sam’s interviews on Mental Health News Radio HERE!

To fight back against the all-too-common (and pervasive) stigma of mental health, in 2013 Sam cofounded the charity LIVIN (www.livin.org.au), an organization that promotes the mantra “it ain’t weak to speak.” Whether it’s through international presentations to schools or sporting organizations or via LIVIN’s innovative fashion line, Sam’s efforts focus on making mental health an approachable, even cool, subject to broach for all—those who are experiencing a mental health challenge firsthand as well as those who are concerned for friends or family. Mental health isn’t a silo meant to shut anyone away from the world, and Sam is traveling the globe to spread the message that it ain’t weak to speak—to speak up about your own struggles and to speak out against mental health’s stigma.

Let’s Get #MentalHealthified!

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.


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