Hope Starts With Us

Hope Starts With Us

On this podcast, Daniel H. Gillison Jr., CEO of NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness), brings important mental health topics to light, one conversation at a time. Hope starts with us sharing our stories. Hope starts with us breaking the stigma. Hope starts with us sharing resources and practical advice. If you or a loved one is struggling with a mental health condition and are looking for hope, this podcast is for you.

Episodes

October 4, 2023 38 mins

During Mental Illness Awareness Week, guest host Hannah Wesolowski (NAMI’s Chief Advocacy Officer) talks to Richele Keas (NAMI’s senior media manager) about mental health parity. In this episode, Richele shares her story as a mom who’s personally wrestled with insurance companies to find care for a loved one living with mental illness, and she also discusses her recent trip to the White House to help advance parity.

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In this episode of NAMI’s podcast, NAMI CEO Daniel H. Gillison Jr. speaks with Zak Williams (PYM) and Kendall Toole (Peloton) in honor of suicide prevention and awareness month. Having each lost a loved one to suicide, Zak and Kendall explain how they now use their stories to help others — and how they maintain their own mental hygiene along the way. 

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September 6, 2023 39 mins

In this episode of NAMI’s podcast, guest host Alex Ang (member of NAMI NextGen), fills in for NAMI CEO Daniel H. Gillison Jr. to speak with Jayvein Greene (NAMI Young Leader 2023 Award Recipient), Zoë Warren (volunteer for NAMI’s new Youth & Young Adult Helpline) and Rishika Rohatgi (member of NAMI Next Gen) about how students can help make mental health a priority for themselves and their peers this school year.

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In this ENCORE episode of NAMI’s podcast, NAMI CEO Daniel H. Gillison Jr. speaks with Willa (NAMI ambassador, singer/songwriter and newly enrolled Harvard student) and Angel Zhong (NAMI Next Gen youth advisor, rising senior and newly elected class president at University of the Pacific) about students' anxieties as they head back to school. How are students feeling in this time where we are kind of done with the pandemic, kind...

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In this episode of NAMI’s podcast, NAMI CEO Daniel H. Gillison Jr. talks with Dr. Devika Bhushan, Dr. Napoleon Higgins and Angelina Hudson about stigma and mental health equity.

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Dr Bhushan leads a transformative well-being community via a newsletter and storytelling platform called Spread the light with Dr Devika B that helps dispel stigma and stereotypes, and inst...

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In this special episode of "Hope Starts With Us" recorded at NAMICon on May 25, 2023, NAMI CEO Dan Gillison interviews Kenneth Cole, an icon in the world of fashion and apparel who is also an ardent and visionary advocate for mental health.

Hear them discuss what led to the creation of Cole's Mental Health Coalition, the power of branding and what it all has to do with "square pegs in round holes."

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In this episode of NAMI’s podcast, NAMI CEO Daniel H. Gillison Jr. speaks with friends of Bebe Moore Campbell, Nancy Carter and Dr. Linda Wharton-Boyd, about Bebe’s impact and how we can all play a role in keeping her legacy alive. 

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In this episode of NAMI’s podcast, guest host Matt Raymond, NAMI communications director, fills in for NAMI CEO Daniel H. Gillison Jr. to speak with Rosemary Ketchum (former board member of NAMI Greater Wheeling, W.Va., and first openly transgender official to be elected in West Virginia) and Frank Grimsley (body-positive, queer content creator, brand collaborator, licensed therapist, school social worker and TV personality, as fea...

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In this episode of NAMI’s podcast, NAMI CEO Daniel H. Gillison Jr. speaks with actor, mental health advocate and NAMI Ambassador Alessandra Torresani about her journey with maternal mental health and bipolar disorder. Tune in to hear more about Alessandra’s journey balancing self-care with motherhood, decisions about medication during pregnancy, and living with a mental health diagnosis and stigma. 

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May 31, 2023 1 min

We're taking a break for Memorial Day, but we'll be back on June 14!

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In honor of AAPI Heritage Month, NAMI CEO Daniel H. Gillison Jr. speaks with NAMI National Board Member and Cambodian American Connie Mom-Chhing about Asian American and Pacific Islander mental health, the trauma of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns and rising hate crimes against the AAPI community.

“It was like a perfect storm from our perspective that hit our communities because of the combined effects of the increase in r...

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May 3, 2023 46 mins

In this episode of NAMI’s podcast, NAMI CEO Daniel H. Gillison Jr. speaks with Mayan Lopez about NAMI’s theme for Mental Health Awareness Month, “More Than Enough,” and how she is using her show “Lopez vs. Lopez” to combat stigma and have important conversations about mental health in Latinx communities and across generations. 

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In this episode of NAMI’s podcast, NAMI CEO Daniel H. Gillison Jr. speaks with author, clinical psychologist and leading anxiety researcher Dr. Tracy Dennis-Tiwary about how we can cope with stress and anxiety during Stress Awareness Month and beyond. Tune in to hear about the role technology can play with stress and anxiety, how we can harness difficult emotions for good, and how we can cope through healthy practices like mindfuln...

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April 5, 2023 49 mins

 In this episode of NAMI’s podcast, NAMI CEO Daniel H. Gillison Jr. speaks with professional basketball player Imani McGee Stafford and NAMI senior manager of corporate communications April Cisneros about Sexual Assault, Awareness and Prevention Month. Tune in to learn about Imani and April’s stories, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and how we can support people who experience sexual violence. 

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In this episode of NAMI’s podcast, NAMI CEO Daniel H. Gillison Jr. speaks with former Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton about how the mental health field and the legal system can continue to work together to ensure people living with mental health conditions receive more help and less handcuffs. Tune in to hear about Justice Stratton’s work with NAMI, mental health advocates and criminal justice reform — and learn more about how you...

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In this episode of NAMI’s podcast, NAMI CEO Daniel H. Gillison Jr. speaks with actor and advocate Jamie Gray Hyder and NAMI ambassador Elise Banks about gender and mental health in honor of International Women’s Day. Tune in to hear about unique challenges women face, how we can support teenage girls, and more.

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February 22, 2023 34 mins

In this episode of NAMI’s podcast, NAMI CEO Daniel H. Gillison Jr. speaks with founder and CEO of Hurdle Health Kevin Dedner about how people of color are affected by seeing hate crimes, police brutality and other acts of racism in the news, online and in the media. Tune in to learn more about vicarious trauma, advice for coping and supporting loved ones, and proposed policy ideas for systemic solutions.  

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Just ahead of Super Bowl Sunday, NAMI CEO Daniel H. Gillison Jr. speaks with former NFL players Marcus Smith II, Soul Cole and Zach Moore about their personal journeys with sports and mental health, how the incident with Damar Hamlin has affected the NFL community, and how everyone can play a role in supporting young athletes’ well-being. In honor of Black History Month, they also discuss the further stigmas faced around Black male...

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January 25, 2023 39 mins

In this episode of NAMI’s podcast, NAMI CEO Daniel H. Gillison Jr. speaks with NAMI’s Chief Innovation Officer Darcy Gruttadaro, J.D., about presenteeism, psychological safety and how employees and employers alike — in every workplace — can benefit from prioritizing mental health.

You can find additional episodes of this NAMI podcast and others at nami.org/podcast.

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January 11, 2023 35 mins

For NAMI’s first podcast episode of 2023, NAMI CEO Daniel H. Gillison Jr. speaks with world-renowned motivational speaker and former Ohio State Representative Les Brown about how listeners can set mental health intentions for the new year by pursuing healthy relationships, speaking positive affirmations into their life and accessing wellness tools and resources for growth.

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