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060: Initiating Mental Health Resources for First Responders

We have a very special guest on the pod today, Rhonda Kelly, a dear friend to NMHIC and the Executive Director of the All Clear Foundation and ResponderStrong.

Here is a preview of what Matt, Sarah, and Rhonda discuss.

  • Rhonda’s career trajectory and what led her to start ResponderStrong
  • How responders main experience is to the trauma and suffering of other people and how many people in our communities fall into this category
  • Effective tools for responders to utilize for their mental health and healing
  • The importance of work-life balance is in order to relieve strain on emergency responders in the field
  • How Rhonda sent Matt to the emergency room

015: Reading the Tarot Cards on the Future of VR with Andy Mathis

Matt, Nima, and Sarah sit down for a conversation and some laughs with Andy Mathis of Oculus/Facebook

014: Novel VR Across the Pond – Our Partnership with Oxford VR

In this episode, Matt and Debbie sit down with our partners from across the pond, Barnaby Perks and Stephanie Ruskin of Oxford VR.

013: The Young and The Invincible

In this episode, Matt sits down with two representatives from the Colorado chapter of the Young Invincibles, Sandy Vang, Giselle Chico, and the leader of the Colorado Chapter, Christina Powsolowski.

012: Meditation for The Masses: The National Symposium for Mental Health and Mental Fitness

Matt speaks with the organizers of this fast-approaching, incredible meeting in Denver on July 23rd and 24th.

011: Emotions Inside and Out: An Animated Conversation with Pete Docter (part 2 of 2)

Part 2 of Matt and Rick’s sit down with Pixar’s Pete Docter, director of the movie Inside Out and many other classics from the legendary animation studio.

010: Emotions Inside and Out: An Animated Conversation with Pete Docter (Part 1 of 2)

In this episode, Matt and Rick sat down with Pixar’s Pete Docter, director of the movie Inside Out and many other classics from the legendary animation studio.

009: Project Second Helping – Re-Recording with Justin Kruger

In this episode, Matt sits down (again) with Justin Kruger, the founder of Project Helping, a volunteer network founded not only with the intention of bettering communities, but benefiting the mental wellness of it’s volunteers.

008: Capitol Crusader Leslie Herod: Using Policy in the Fight to Improve Mental Health

In this episode, Matt and Rick interview Representative Leslie Herod at the Capitol Building in downtown Denver. Rep. Herod is the first LGBTQ African American in the General Assembly, and has been fighting for crucial new legislation to better the community she comes form, and Denver as a whole.

007: Bald Eagles in the Town Dump: A Laughing Matter

For this special episode, Garrison and Matt sat down to talk about a funny thing that happened in Juneau, Alaska.

The flyer Matt kept seeing around town


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006: Noah Robinson – VR and Addiction Recovery, Finding Yourself Online

In this episode, hosts Matt and Debbie interview Noah Robinson, a graduate student at Vanderbilt University who is exploring how VR can be used to treat addiction. He talks about how games like VRChat can help people become who they want to be, and his own experience navigating depression by turning to online communities. This is the second episode our team recorded at the VR Voice conference in Tucson Arizona.

005: Ba, Be, Bi, Bo, Bu – Elizabeth McMahon Sings Opera, Treats Anxiety with VR

In this episode, Matt and Debbie interview Elizabeth McMahon, a psychologist who opened a private practice after over 30 years at Kaiser Permanante. She’s one of the first therapists to adopt Virtual Reality as a method for treatment of anxiety, phobias and other behavior health conditions. Elizabeth and Debbie are working on a book about the clinical applications of VR, which will be available soon!

004: Dama Dipayana on Autism, Elephants, and being a Renaissance Woman

For this episode, Matt, Rick and Debbie interview Dama Dipayana, a partner here at the Center and true renaissance woman. Topics range from her video production company, Be Frank, to her new project Manatee, an app designed to provide an AI Companion and therapy for kids with behavioral disorders, to her time in Sri Lanka providing care for elephants, to her experience as a female entrepreneur in tech and finance.

003: New Models for Mental Health Care with Walter Greenleaf (Part 2)

This episode is a continuation of Matt and Rick’s live interview with Dr. Walter Greenleaf. If you haven’t already, make sure to listen to part 1!

002: New Models for Mental Health Care with Walter Greenleaf (Part 1)

In this episode, Matt and Rick interview Dr. Walter Greenleaf, a distinguished Stanford scholar and internationally recognized pioneer in the field of digital medicine. Viewed as a founder and leading force in the use of VR for behavioral therapy, Walter pops the hood on VR, and its potential as a scaleable solution for mental health care.

This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at CU Denver’s Downtown Campus. This recording took place at the TEDxMileHigh Adventure event as a followup to Matt’s TED Talk.

001: Introductions

For our first real episode, hosts Matt and Rick interview each other. They discuss what lead them to their work, and the personal stories that cultivated their approach.

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A quick overview of our podcast.