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  • 00:37

    Grant Funding for Behavioral Health: An Interview with Karen Celedonia

    in Psychology

    An often under appreciated area of Behavioral Health is the grant writing process. Many of the agencies we work with are not-for-profit and always looking for help maintaining their existing grants as well as obtaining funding from new sources. We met Karen Celedonia through our colleague Theresa Wray. Working on projects together to support mental health agencies, we knew we needed to interview Karen and introduce her work to our providers. 

    Please read the full blog article HERE.

    What prompted you to start your own business specializing in research and grant writing services?

    Doesn’t research take place in a lab? What experience do you have in the field?

    How do you apply a participatory approach to your work with your clients?

    What have you learned about mental health service delivery through your work in the community?

    What has been your most rewarding experience in the field?

    Who can benefit from the services that you offer?

    How is writing–particularly grant writing–relevant to non-research-oriented mental health professionals and organizations?

    What tips do you have for someone who is new to grant writing?

    What projects do you have on the horizon?


  • 00:55

    An Empath Interviews a Psychopath: Dr. James “Jim” Fallon

    in Psychology

    Careful consideration went into this interview with Dr. James H. Fallon. It is not every day that a boutique radio show like ours reaches out to a world-renowned neuroscientist, let alone one that has contributed immeasurably to the field of human behavior we avidly support. However, Dr. Fallon, who asked me simply to call him “Jim”, was easy to reach, glad to be of service, and said he was up for anything I wanted to ask him in this interview. He did ask that we stay away from personal stories that might negatively affect his family.

    We have a large audience of survivors of psychological abuse, please be advised this show could be very triggering for some listeners. We’ve already privately shared this show with a few of our Behavioral Health practitioners. It was triggering for some of them due to the nature of how I was asked certain questions.

    We suggest all listeners read the full BLOG article HERE. 

    What happens when a "empath" interviews a psychopath? Listen in to find out.

  • 01:00

    Taboo Talk Focuses on Mental Health and Coping Strategies with Matthew Shapiro

    in Spirituality

    Taboo Talk, a Christian talk show featuring Lady Charmaine Day (Pastor, Publisher, Author and Radio Host www.ladycharmaineday.com). Taboo Talk helps individuals transform their mind, body, and spirit utilizing the principles of Jesus Christ! Guest starring Matthew Shapiro. On this uplifting and motivating show, Matthew shared with the listening audience his phenomenal list of 21 Pearls Of Wisdom for Good Mental Health and Coping. This is a show you don't want to miss if having peace of mind is important to YOU!!!

    About Matthew Shapiro:

    Matthew Shapiro has worked for the National Alliance on Mental Illness-New York State (NAMI-NYS) since 2008. He is the Public Engagement Coordinator for NAMI NYS. He organizes all events for NAMI-NYS including their annual education conference. Matthew also performs NAMI-NYS’s legislative advocacy work and coordinates their communication. Matthew prides himself on being a fierce advocate for individuals and families impacted by mental illness. Matthew’s life had been affected by mental illness as both he and family members have overcome mental health issues and he is dedicated to instilling hope and helping others embrace the road to recovery.  For more information please visit: www.naminys.org 518-462-2000 matthew@naminys.org


  • 00:28

    Surviving the Holidays with Mental Illness

    in Health

    The Holiday season can be tough for many people, but especially difficult for individuals and family with mental illness. So many factors can cause misunderstandings and confusion outside even physical symptoms.

    Margaret and I talk about two perspectives of parent and child on how to support and work through some common situations faced by families during the holidays.

    Take away some tips on how to make the Christmas season more of a supportive, empathetic and caring environment for the whole family.

  • 00:52

    Morning Moments With Maia; David Granirer on Comedy and Mental Health

    in Lifestyle

    Maia Aziz P.S.W., C.L.Y.L., writes and speaks on living a life of love and laughter. President-Elect of The Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, Maia is joined each week on Morning Moments With Maia...Conversations of Love and Laughter by an eclectic lineup of guests who live their lives with love and laughter and work to help others do the same.


    David Granirer is a counselor, stand-up comic, mental health keynote speaker and author of the Happy Neurotic, How Fear and Angst Can Lead To Happiness and Success. He performs, maintains a counseling practice and teaches Stand-Up Comedy Clinic at Langara College in Vancouver, where he takes people from all walks of life who have had a secret desire to do stand-up comedy and after eight weeks has them on stage performing at a comedy club. Many of his students have gone on to become professional comics, performing at festivals such as Just For Laughs, and on TV shows like Jay Leno and Craig Ferguson.

    David founded Stand Up For Mental Health, a program teaching stand-up comedy to people with mental illness as a way of building self-esteem and fighting public stigma. Stand Up For Mental Health has groups across Canada and the U.S. Today David joins Maia for a conversation about the link between Comedy, Mental Health and Healing.



  • 00:39

    Right from the Horses Mouth: Equine Assisted Therapy with Mental Health Patients

    in Psychology

    Join us for a discussion about the therapeutic benefits of using horses in Behavioral Health therapy. All of us at Mental Health News Radio are animal lovers with a passion for animal-assisted therapy. Our very own Melanie Vann will be co-hosting a series of radio shows interviewing the passionate human beings that devote their time to this unique therapeutic effort. Our guests, Kristin Fitzgerald and Melanie Vann, discuss the benefits, roots, and models for Equine Assisted Therapy. More information is included in their accompanying blog article.

    Some of the questions we ask are listed below:

    Share a little about the history of using equines as tools for therapy. 
    How does horse behavior relate to therapy? 
    Why horses?
    What is EAP? 
    Explain to us what the EAGALA MODEL represents
    What does an EAGALA Session look like? 
    What have some of your EAP session looked like? 
    What is the treatment population for the use of equine therapy? 
    Do you have any sessions that stick out in your mind?
    Share with us some empirical research that supports equine therapy. 

    If you have any questions please read the full blog article here.

  • 00:38

    Changing the Landscape of Behavioral Health Technology

    in Psychology

    everythingEHR is always on the hunt for innovative technology that aids our Behavioral Health providers.  Our article on Spiritually Integrated Therapy was found by Next Step Solutions, Inc. After reading our other articles on why we care so much about this sector of healthcare, Next Step picked up the phone and made a connection with our CEO, Kristin Walker.  

    A visit to their corporate office in Michigan last year was yet another stop on our 2014 journey across the United States visiting EHR vendors and Behavioral Health practices.  Kristin had the opportunity to meet everyone on the team and see what a software organization does that is heavy on development and light on marketing agendas.  It was certainly a pleasure.  

    NextStep™ has developed a digital pen system and embedded artificial intelligence into their EHR.  Sounds unbelievable right?  A science fiction movie, maybe?  We saw it action at their office and while we visited several of their clients.  NextStep™ has clients across the United States using their award-winning software for behavioral health private practices, research clinics, residential programs, outpatient agencies and state hospitals.  It was a pleasure to sit down with Dr. Darrin Hanna and David Ballenberger, MSW to discuss their product, their organization, and what the future holds for behavioral health technology. 

    Click here to read the full blog article.

  • 01:00

    A Mother’s Story of Schizophrenia, Recovery and Hope: Karen S. Yeiser

    in Psychology

    We recently interviewed author and speaker Bethany Yeiser on Mental Health News Radio.  She shared her journey with schizophrenia, homelessness, and recovery. Today we enjoy speaking with her mother, Karen Yeiser.  Karen has written what is a companion book to Bethany’s story.  

    One of the questions we asked Karen was how life may have been different for their family if her own book had been available during their years of struggle but also recovery. It was an honor to interview both mother and daughter on separate shows in order to understand what happens on both sides. Please read the full blog article HERE.

    Karen was also generous with information listed in her article below to help other families going through this kind of a struggle. 

    How has schizophrenia affected your family?

    When did you first recognize something was seriously wrong with your daughter?

    Were you aware of how your daughter’s life was unfolding after she refused to have contact with you and your husband?

    How and when did you eventually reunite with your daughter?

    So what is the rest of the story? Has your daughter recovered from schizophrenia?

    You are a registered nurse. Did your education benefit you in recognizing what was happening to your daughter?

    Do you have any further comments?

    What is Schizophrenia?

  • 02:31

    Black Self Hate: Why Don't Black People Help Each Other?

    in News

    Black Self Hate: Why Don't Black People Help Each Other? Join in!  The Tim Black At Night Show 1/13/16 - Call in 323-870-4064 Tim Black At Night Show airs everyday 9P Est.Tune In! http://www.TimBlackTV.com

  • 00:49

    A Journey through Schizophrenia and Homelessness: Author Bethany Yeiser

    in Psychology

    Bethany Yeiser is a motivational speaker, writer, and advocate for the mentally ill. She was diagnosed with treatment-resistant schizophrenia in 2007, after being homeless for four years, and made an unexpected and full recovery in 2008. She earned a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology with honors from the University of Cincinnati in 2011. Her book Mind Estranged: My Journey from Schizophrenia and Homelessness to Recovery was published in 2014.

    Please join us for a unique interview on Mental Health News Radio. Bethany is generous with sharing her journey and tremendously inspiring. Her book is equally forthcoming. Our on staff clinicians at Mental Health News Radio have worked with many patients dealing with schizophrenia so it was a pleasure to interview someone offering facts and insight towards a road to recovery.  

    Enjoy the full blog article HERE.

    What was your life like before the onset of your mental illness?

    When did you realize that you were mentally ill?

    What was it like being homeless?

    What was it like to hear voices and experience other hallucinations?

    Did you ever take drugs?

    How did your mental illness affect your relationship with your family?

    When were you diagnosed with schizophrenia, and when did you begin treatment?

    What is your life like today? Do you still take medication?

  • 00:33

    Workplace Trauma and Critical Incident Response: Crisis Care Network

    in Psychology

    Much is going on in today’s workplace that involves trauma. We met with Crisis Care Network at a Behavioral Health conference and knew they were a perfect organization to showcase to our listening audience. A licensed, compassionate, and responsive team to work with the mental health of employees who’ve just experienced a critical incident is crucial not only for staff but also the business entity. Join us in welcoming Dennis Potter, Director of Trainings and Consultant Relations, to discuss how Crisis Care Network’s counselors offer guidance and immediate care after a traumatic event. 

    Read the full blog article HERE.

    1. Who is Crisis Care Network (CCN)? What do you do?

    2. How often and where does CCN serve the workplace?

    3. What is a Critical Incident?

    4. When a disruptive event has occurred in the workplace, what is the impact on the employee and on the organization?

    5. What intervention models do you use?

    6. What are the results of the interventions?

    7. What are the skills an interventionist on your panel needs? How do you support improving those skills?

    8. How is an Interventionist selected for a particular disruptive event?

    9. What are the requirements to join your panel?

    10. How do you join the CCN Provider Panel?