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.


July 12, 2023 27 mins

Chief Aaron Seibert retired from the United States Navy after serving 20 years of honorable service. He is currently serving as the Southern California Chapter, Veteran Coordinator for the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Foundation of America and joins the podcast to talk about veterans mental health. 

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Ulysses Valor is a local mental health advocate using his passion and business to help young men recognize the importance of expressing their emotions and focusing on their mental health. Ulysses shares his story and what inspired him to do his work. 

June is Fatherhood Awareness Month, and Rodney Barrios from the San Bernardino County Preschool Services Department shares information about the Fatherhood FIRE Program and the importa...

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Hear about the importance of mentorship and how it can positively impact the mental health of  mentees and mentors as Juan Ochoa, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Empire Match Engagement and Enrichment Manager, and Christian Dauz, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Empire Enrollment & Recruitment Specialist, join as guests of the podcast. Plus, Juan and Christian share meaningful stories of impact on youth and the imp...

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Stan Collins, co-founder of Directing Change, has worked in the suicide prevention field for more than 20 years after his friend died by suicide in high school. Hear a powerful episode about how youth are engaged in talking about mental health and suicide prevention, and get practical tips on how you can start the conversation. 

Stan also shares how Directing Change helps equip youth to have mental health and suicide preve...

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Happy Mental Health Month! In this episode, hear about the importance of workplace wellness, setting boundaries, and self-care. Get practical tips and information from Dr. Ashley Zucker, Assistant Area Medical Director for San Bernardino County Area for Kaiser Permanente.

Don't forget to register for May Mental Health Month events, hosted by the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health at

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In 2018, Theresa Clower's son, Devin, passed away from a drug overdose. To work through her grief, Theresa took up portrait work and started drawing her son's portrait. After completing Devin’s portrait, she was inspired to find others who lived and died like her son. Theresa then founded the INTO LIGHT project, an exhibition that puts a human face on the disease of addiction through hand-drawn portraits and written narra...

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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.

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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 mins

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 mins

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 mins

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 mins

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 mins

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 mins

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 mins

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 mins

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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