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

059: A New Way to Quit Smoking: Mindcotine

In this episode, Matt and Sarah chat with Emilio Goldenhersch, CSO of Mindcotine, about their smoking cessation platform. Emilio tells of his world travels and how the idea of Mindcotine came to be. Emilio also shares some of the research behind mindfulness and smoking cessation and tells of exciting next steps for Mindcotine.   

057: Practical Tips for Improving the World

For this episode, Matt and Sarah speak with Brooke Jones of the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, about the tremendous benefit we can all enjoy from…. just being kind. Take a listen, take notes, then go out and make the world a better place!

056: What do Beatboxing, Gastroenterology and VR Have in Common? Brennan Spiegel

Matt has a chat with Brennan Speigel, Director of Health Services Research at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. Brennan is an expert in the application of therapeutic VR, and the author of the book VRx: How Virtual Therapeutics will Revolutionize Medicine – and that’s the main topic of conversation on today’s episode! There is – of course – a brief interlude where Brennan graces Matt with some beatbox as well.

055: A History of the Avielle Foundation

Matt and Debbie speak with Jenn Hensel and Urvi Sanghvi, founding members of the Avielle Foundation, an organization that began in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

054: Frontiers of Psychiatry on the Front Range: Dr. C. Neill Epperson

Matt has a chat with Neill Epperson, MD – Chair of the Psychiatry department at the Anschutz Medical Campus – for a compelling discussion on the present state of mental health care here in the United States.