Resilient and Real

Resilient and Real

The Resilient and Real podcast, presented by the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health, provides mental health and substance use disorder resources through interviews with field experts and resilient members of the community. Resilient and Real guests keep it real and speak openly about mental health and substance use in efforts to reduce stigma, promote prevention, intervention, and recovery of mental illness and substance use disorders.


March 22, 2023 18 min

In this episode, we're keeping it real with Chris Chavez as he shares his story of recovery from alcohol and benzodiazepine dependency. Listen to this inspiring story as Dr. Jonathan Avalos, DBH Associate Medical Director, joins the podcast as guest host.

For more information about San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health's  Substance Use Disorder Services, visit or...

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Dr. Rishi Parikh, Associate Medical Director for the Department of Behavioral Health who specializes in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry, shares information about navigating relationships with our loved ones and friends; the rising numbers of people experiencing loneliness; and how to talk to a loved one if you have a mental illness.

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It's African American Mental Health Awareness Week, a week designed to expand understanding of mental health issues among the African American/Black population, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and promote culturally responsive service delivery. 

In this new episode, hear about mental health in African American communities, the challenges and stigmas that can contribute to African American m...

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Resilient and Real is back with an all-new season! As we start the new year, people tend to set New Year's resolutions and get discouraged when they do not reach their goals. In this episode, CycleBar Lead Instructor Melissa Murray joins the podcast to share her journey, provide great motivation, and talk about shifting the mindset of setting fitness goals and creating healthy habits that benefit our mental health.


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The holidays and winter season can be a difficult time for many individuals and families. The winter blues can stir up negative emotions and create symptoms that take a toll on your overall wellbeing. Dr. Ambarin Faizi, the Department of Behavioral Health’s Associate Medical Director, provides information about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and how to manage grief during the holidays. 

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November 2, 2022 25 min

Allie Mink, San Bernardino Area President of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), joins the podcast to provide practical ways to reduce the stigma often associated with mental health and to talk about the difference between mental health and mental illness. Plus, learn more about the NAMI Walks Your Way 5K on Saturday, Nov. 5 at Diamond Valley Lake Marina in Hemet. To register, visit

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October 19, 2022 16 min

Sondra Savage, Department of Behavioral Health Peer and Family Advocate II, joins the podcast to share her story, how addiction can affect the family and the importance of finding hope in recovery as a family member and as an individual. 

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Arlene Molina, Assistant Director for the San Bernardino County Preschool Services Department, joins the podcast to talk about the collaborative services the department provides, including the Preschool Prevention and Early Intervention Program. The program assists children and their families with comprehensive services to meet their needs, including their emotional and behavioral health needs.

For more info about Preschoo...

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September 21, 2022 19 min

National Recovery Month is celebrated to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the emergence of a strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and community members who make recovery possible. 

Listen to this all-new episode with Donnie Harris, DBH Mental Health Education Consultant! For more info about how you can celebrate Recovery Month with DBH, visit h...

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August 18, 2022 26 min

Students are heading back to school and the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health’s Resilient and Real podcast is back with a new episode about student mental health. 

Sonia Rubio, DBH Program Manager of the Office of Prevention and Early Intervention, and André Bossieux, DBH Program Manager II of the One Stop TAY Center, talk about the importance of focusing on student mental health and provide helpful res...

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August 4, 2022 26 min

The Resilient and Real podcast is BACK! In this new episode, Ashley Patterson, San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) Media Specialist II, talks with Kristen Mungcal,  DBH Program Manager I, about what Clubhouse and Community Connections is and how it helps individuals who are managing their behavioral health. Plus, Kristen gets real about how she practices self-care. 

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June 1, 2022 16 min

Sue Abito, DBH Volunteer Services Coordinator, shares her story of recovery, resiliency, and how mental illness impacted her family. In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month last month, she also speaks about the importance of celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage.

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May 19, 2022 21 min

It’s Mental Health Month and San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman joins the podcast to talk about the importance of mental health and reducing the stigma. San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Dawn Rowe shares how she practices self-care and the importance of finding a healthy way of practicing self-care.  

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April 27, 2022 18 min

We're less than a week away from Mental Health Month in May and DBH has a lot of exciting events planned. Listen to the all-new episode featuring staff from the Public Relations and Outreach team as they chat about the fun activities and explore why mental health is important to focus on. To learn more about how you can celebrate Mental Health Month, visit 

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April 12, 2022 17 min

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and we have a special guest from the County family! Jeany Zepeda, Interim Director of San Bernardino County Department of Children and Family Services, joins the podcast to talk about the importance of child abuse prevention and about the stigma surrounding reporting child abuse. To report suspected child abuse and neglect (800)827-8724. Visit for more info...

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March 9, 2022 27 min

It's National Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Month! Podcast Host and DBH's Public Relations Manager Aimara Freeman speaks with Enrique Gonzalez, DBH Alcohol and Drug Counselor, about substance use disorders, prescription drug abuse and treatment options. He provides advice for loved ones who may know someone struggling with substance use disorders and also shares his own inspiring story of recovery. Later in the episod...

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February 23, 2022 22 min

With the ongoing effects of the pandemic and growing up in general, times can be tough for the youth population. Dr. Timothy Hougen, Deputy Director of Outpatient Clinics And Youth Services, talks about behavioral health in children and youth, and how parents/guardians can assist kids who may be struggling. For more information about services, visit

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As we celebrate African American History Month, Jonathan Buffong, DBH Mental Health Education Consultant for the Office of Equity and Inclusion, speaks about the stigma surrounding mental health within African American communities and faith-based communities. He provides practical steps we can take to reduce the stigma. 

Plus, Victoria Hall, DBH Mental Health Education Consultant, shares how she practices self-care! 

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January 20, 2022 17 min

Ever wonder what it's like to be nurse within the behavioral health field?  Tricina Edwards, DBH Nurse Manager, joins the podcast to highlight how DBH nurses serve San Bernardino County and provides an inside look at how DBH nurses assist with COVID-19 vaccination clinics. Plus, Jamesia Brown, Quality Management Analyst, shares her self-care story!  

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December 22, 2021 21 min

Hear an all-new episode featuring Dr. Jonathan Avalos, DBH Addiction Medicine Physician, and Shaun Bennett, a DBH client who shares his incredible and inspiring journey in recovery.

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