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 including field expert interviews and department news that promotes prevention, intervention, recovery and resiliency for individuals, families and communities.


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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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.

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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 https://wp....

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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 resources for...

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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 episode ...

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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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November 24, 2021 18 min

Is seasonal depression real? Assistant Medical Director Dr. Christopher Schreur joins the podcast to answer that question, as well as provide helpful information about managing stress during the holidays. Plus, a DBH employee shares her self-care story! 

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November 3, 2021 17 min

It's Native American Heritage Month! Maribel Gutierrez, DBH Equity/Cultural Competency Officer, and Marcelina Shackleford, Native American Awareness Subcommittee Chair, join the podcast to talk about recognizing and acknowledging the important contributions of Native people.  Plus, hear a poem about recovery and a story of self-care from DBH employees. For more info about DBH, visit

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Jennifer Alsina, DBH Deputy Director for Substance Use Disorder and Recovery Services, talks about how the community can get involved in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, as well as information about alcohol and/or drug abuse treatment options. 

Sondra Savage, a DBH Peer and Family Advocate II, shares a poem about recovery and Fabiola Yañez, DBH Secretary, shares her self-care story. 

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October 6, 2021 15 min

Dora Mejia, Supervising Medical Emergency Planning Specialist at the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health (DBH), shares insight about how DBH assists the community during emergencies, including the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus, Alex Cordova, a DBH Alcohol and Drug Counselor, shares a poem about recovery. 

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    September 22, 2021 20 min

    It's National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month! Sonia Rubio, Program Manager I of the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health's Office of Prevention and Early Intervention, provides insight into  the importance of suicide prevention and provides some helpful tips and words of encouragement. 💙💜

    Additional Resources:
    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
    Know the Signs Website
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