Mental Perk

Mental Perk

Real people...Real Issues...Real Talk. Destigmatizing misconceptions about mental health and encourage conversations about tough topics. We understand all of us are impacted by the effects of mental health in different ways. We want to highlight guests who are winning the battle, their very real struggles, and how honest talk can change the way we view mental health. We want everyone to know "You're Worthy...We're in this together".

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February 19, 2024 50 mins

DEA Special Agent Eduardo Chavez discusses the growing crisis and distribution of illegal drugs across the United States, most importantly Fentanyl. Special Agent Chavez has a career that expands over 22 years with multiple roles in the agency and has been a national spokesperson for the DEA impacting his field throughout the country. He does not hold back on the important details every American should know about Fentanyl in order ...

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Israel Lewis is a Licensed Professional Counselor for the last 25 years and the founder and director of the Sulpher Springs Counseling Center in Sulphur Springs, Texas.  In this episode Israel describes his battle after  a routine surgery had life altering complications and changed him forever. Israel's motto is "We are Better Together" and he talks about how the relationships and connections in his life brought him ...

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Alyssa Guzman talks about witnessing the death of her father. This episode is Part II of the story describing devastating and tragic loss Alyssa, her Mother, and two brothers faced when Sam Guzman was senselessly hit by a drunk driver while tending to his truck on the side of the road. Alyssa's journey of recovery details the impact and shock she felt seeing her father struck and laying lifeless on the ground. As an 18 year ol...

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Michelle Guzman tells her heart wrenching story about losing the love of her life to a drunk driver which was also witnessed by her teenage daughter. Michelle shares who her husband, Sam Guzman, was as a person and father, their young love story, and describes the night she received the call from her daughter. She shares the shock, grief, recovery process and the strength she found to carry on for her children. This story is truly ...

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McKinley Shultz holds a full-time job, while completing her degree and working in the evenings as a bartender. She describes the valuable aspects of her job and the interaction she has with patrons who come in search of connection and a good drink. McKinley, offers humor, empathy and emotional perspective as she describes the importance of supporting others and the difference a friendly face and voice can make in other's lives...

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It’s finally here! Part 2 of getting to know your Mental Perk hosts. Karla and Brandi ask each other thought provoking questions with a little sense of humor. Our goal is to get real with our audience and make sure each of you know “You’re  Worthy … We are in this Together!”

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Mental Perk welcomes Dr. Kelly Robinson, DDS to talk about then impact of mental health in her practice. In this podcast, Dr. Robinson talks about the levels of anxiety her patients experience due to their perceptions of dental care,  the levels of stress and anxiety associated with providing competent dental care, as well as the physical tolls most dentists experience doing the daily tasks of their job, Dr. Robinson also details t...

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Mental Perk interviews Michael Habib and Michelle Tes from  Southern Methodist University Campus (SMU). Michael and Michelle discuss their roles as members of the Well-Being Education Student Team (WEST) and the impact their organization is having in bridging positive care and communication to students on campus. The SMU WESTies provide critical support, guidance, and mentorship to help students adjust to campus life, transition to...

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Nicole Plotner, an SMU student, shares her inspirational story of grief, PTSD and recovery following the tragic loss of her father. Nicole describes how she navigated the shock of her father's sudden decline at an early age, how she had to grow up quickly to help support her family, and the mental impact she suffered over time. She shares the dark details of her journey but also her courage and fight that helped her find her w...

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Professor Bram Duffee, PhD and Paramedic, discusses his research and life work focusing on using hypnosis to reduce patient pain, promote healing, and unify the mind and body to improve patient outcomes. Bram is co-author of a new book and hopes to transform patient care in emergency and trauma settings through implementing changes for first responders and emergency personnel. Bram discusses his own background as a paramedic and wh...

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In this episode, Kim Pittman describes the terror of receiving the dreaded call and finding out she has stage 3B gastric cancer. She talks about the terrifying fear she faced head- on with her diagnosis and the uncertainty of treatment but leans on faith, family and friends. Through her journey, Kim embraces calmness in her faith and an unexpected miracle on the other side.

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In this episode Brandi and Karla ask random questions to each other to help our listeners get to know more about us. We are so passionate about what we do and love getting real with our audience. Stay tuned....there will be more fun  and games coming your way!

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If you or anyone you know are struggling with a mental health issue, suicidal thoughts, or self-harm behaviors, please reach out for help, talk to someone you ...

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Paige Ware, mother of Henry,  is an educator and administrator at Southern Methodist University. Before her son Henry's suicide, Paige lived a very active and fulfilling life. She traveled to various countries speaking three languages as well as teaching and volunteering. She loved her family, spending time with them and most of all, loved being a mother, Her world changed 15 months ago when her 15 year old son, Henry died by ...

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Mental Perk interviews Jazmine Fray, Professional Runner for Under Armour. Jazmine tells her story of performance anxiety during her career, how it impacted her racing and how she worked with a sports psychologist to overcome and reach her goals. She  shares her passion as a mentor to young athletes as well as female athletes across the spectrum. Jazmine also discusses other mental health challenges common to the profession and how...

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Greg Wilkerson, 30 year law enforcement veteran, talks about the challenges of being in law enforcement, the impacts of mental health and the obstacles that get in the way. Greg shares insight from different perspectives of his career and the circumstances that contributed to his early retirement. He continues to be an advocate for police officers and first responders and is a leader in developing community resources.

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Angela Jackson -Brunning shares her heart wrenching journey as her otherwise healthy husband and love of her life, Dave,  heroically battles Covid in  the midst of an international pandemic. This story features a constant battle of mental distress and a courageous fight to push through the pain and embrace life on the other side. 

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Danyelle Moye an a LPC-A, tells her story of her estranged stepfather's suicide and the impact it had on her family. In her journey of healing, Danyelle shares a powerful heart felt letter to her stepfather in her efforts to find closure through her grief to support her family in the future. 

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August 19, 2023 51 mins

Brooke Castillo, LPC talks about her journey when her son, Theo, was born with CHD (Congenital Hearth Disease). In this episode, Brooke describes the challenge of caring for a child with a life threatening birth defect and the constant battle  with mental health while managing her son's critical medical condition and keeping her family grounded.

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July 30, 2023 47 mins

Mental Perk welcomes Nashville's own Lana Scott to talk about her music and reflections on mental health. Lana was a top 8 finalist on "The Voice" and is now writing, performing and producing original music debuting on her new album. Her new song "Permanent" features her own experience following the loss of two of her friends to suicide. 

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July 23, 2023 57 mins

Dallas City City Councilman, Omar Narvaez, discusses the challenges and battles of social, mental health, and economic issues in one of the largest cities in Texas. 

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If you or anyone you know are struggling with a mental health issue, suicidal thoughts, or self-harm behaviors, please reach out for help, talk to someone you trust and connect with a mental health professional. If you are in immediate danger of hurting ...

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