Stigma Busters: A Mental Health Podcast

Stigma Busters: A Mental Health Podcast

Stigma Busters was created in 2021 with the goal of educating the Wood County community about mental health issues. These conversations with local mental health professionals and advocates in the Wood County, Ohio community are informative discussions on stereotypes about mental health disorders, how family and friends can help their loved ones, the impact of policy change, and more. Mental health can and will affect us all, but we still don't talk enough about it... but why? Join NAMI Wood County, your local voice on mental illness, in the fight to address stigma, and educate our community one episode at a time!


December 16, 2023 35 mins

This episode features Amy Foley, MMT, MT-BC and Jaclyn Hotaling-O'Neill, MMT, MT-BC from Heartstring Melodies. We will talk about what music therapy is, and how it can benefit individuals from attending as well as address stigma associated with this type of practice.

Click here to learn more about Heartstring Melodies!

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Advocacy is defined as "public support for or recommendation of a particular cause or policy." Featuring Dakota Stone from the Alzheimer's Association and Stuart James of The Ability Center, we will be talking about what advocacy looks like and how people can advocate for services and different causes. We will also learn about some of the great services both these organizations have to offer. Click the links below to...

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August 18, 2023 38 mins

What happens after a new mental health condition diagnosis? What services are available to help me on my journey to recovery?

As Stigma Busters transitions hosting sites, NAMI Wood County will talk with Amanda Kern, Executive Director of the Wood County ADAMHS Board, and three peer facilitators, Shari, Pat, and Aissa, to learn more about the ways individuals can support their recovery journey. Also, learn helpful questions...

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June 30, 2023 26 mins

This episode of includes a conversation with licensed independent social worker, Brianna Megyesi, who works at the Center for FASD with OhioGuidestone. We talked about what Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is and the stigma that is associated with both children and parents affected by FASD. To learn more about FASD, OhioGuidestone, and other related resources:

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Services 
FASD United -Fetal...

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May 27, 2023 43 mins

This episode has guest, Crista Metzger-Leady, a parent advocate who shares her lived experience as a parent of a child living with a mental health condition. Crista shares her experience with navigating the mental health system, how she recognized symptoms in her child, and how other parents can advocate for better mental health care for their children.

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April 29, 2023 40 mins

This month's episode included a conversation with Ashley Hartman and Lauren Albert, health educators from the Bowling Green State University Wellness Connection. Take a listen to learn more about their programs, how stigma impacts college campuses, and how students can seek help for their behavioral health concerns.

To learn more about the BGSU Wellness Connection, visit

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March 25, 2023 36 mins

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month, and our host talked with Kyle Clark and Bill Ivoska with the Wood County Educational Service Center. Topics of conversation included recent trends, how gaming and gambling may affect youth in the future, stigma associated with behavior addiction, and more!

Do you or someone you know need help with a gambling problem? Call or text the National Problem Gambling Helpline at 800-522-4...

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February 25, 2023 39 mins

In recognition of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week at the end of February, our host chatted with Amanda Like, a community member living in recovery from an eating disorder and who has worked in a local facility to help adolescents struggling with eating disorders. This conversation included education about signs and symptoms, how to help loved ones, and misconceptions about eating disorders as well as Amanda's personal...

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December 17, 2022 32 mins

Bill Emahiser with Unison Health joined Stigma Busters to talk about the new Crisis Stabilization Unit in Wood County, a 12-bed voluntary facility for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis.

To learn more about the CSU and other services through Unison Health, visit

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November 26, 2022 37 mins

This episode includes Angie Patchen and Annie Pilmore from the Wood County Educational Service Center. They discuss how to identify signs of a mental health concern in youth and ways we can support the mental wellness in youth. 

To learn more about their services, visit 

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October 29, 2022 13 mins

This month's episode is all about our emotions. Take a moment to sit with us and learn about how to identify emotions, how to express emotions, and how this can help in our every day life.

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Join the conversation with Mike Ginnetti with St. Aloysius Catholic Church. We'll talk more about how faith (with specific examples for the Christian faith) can help individuals struggling with mental health and how faith leaders can start the conversation about mental health with church members.

To learn about St. Aloysius, visit or contact Mike at or Father Tom McQuillen at frtom...

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August 27, 2022 33 mins

Have you heard of the Crisis Intervention Team program in Wood County? Learn more about how the CIT program has grown over the last decade from Jessica Hartman. To read more about CIT in Wood County after the episode, visit:

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Bree Snow, the AOT Client/Family Advocate with NAMI Wood County sits down with us to talk more about the Assisted Outpatient Treatment program in Wood County. Join the conversation as we talk about what the program is, how it works, partners involved with the program, and how individuals can get referred. 

Visit to learn more after listening to the episode.

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June 25, 2022 56 mins

Take some time today to learn about one of the treatment agencies available in our community: Arrowhead Behavioral Health, located in Maumee, Ohio. Not only will we chat about services, but we will talk more about how to support your loved ones struggling with addiction and debunk some stigmatizing myths about substance use disorders.

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May 28, 2022 32 mins

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, I'm joined by Carol Asmus, a huge mental health champion in the Wood County community. Listen to learn more about how mental health stigma has changed over the decades and about resources available for family members impacted by mental illness.

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April 23, 2022 51 mins

Today, I'm joined by Dr. Chet Hesson of Bowling Green State University's athletics. We'll be chatting about mental wellness, stigma and stress within student athletes, and the strides BGSU is taking to help address student-athlete mental health. 

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March 26, 2022 37 mins

This month, I'm joined by Susan Montgomery, a local artist, author, and musician in Wood County Ohio. She's going to chat about how she uses creativity to help cope with her invisible disabilities and more about her recovery journey. Learn about her works at

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February 26, 2022 48 mins

February is Teen Dating Violence Prevention month, and on this episode of Stigma Busters, we'll be sitting down with the Executive Director of The Cocoon, Kathy Mull, to talk about prevention, intervention, and stigma with domestic violence. Tune in to learn more about the great services of The Cocoon in Wood County, and as always, bust some stigma!

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January 28, 2022 27 mins

Join us for our first episode of 2022 as we chat with Madison Weilnau, LSW and Deputy Sheriff Kaleb Smith about ARC, Addiction Response Collaborative. We will not only talk about what the ARC program but also stigma surrounding addiction and relapse, and how community members can best the stigma too.

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