Al Interviews Gary Pollard | Founder of Men Tell Health

February 11, 2018

In this episode, Al interviews Gary Pollard, founder of Men Tell Health (recorded 10-15-17). After months of stomach pains and misdiagnoses, Gary was finally admitted to the hospital, put through some tests, and sent directly to the operating table for exploratory surgery. During surgery, it was discovered that his colon had burst. Gary shares his struggles of dealing with a temporary colostomy bag and the trauma it had caused him. After an attempting suicide, Gary finally received support for PTSD and depression.

After starting with an award-winning blog, Gary went on to found Men Tell Health, an organization that is "devoted to helping men, blokes, gadgies, geezers and dudes around the world through the sometimes murky world of mental illness." Hear about some of the amazing advocacy and support that Gary and Men Tell Health have been involved in.

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Al Interviews John Solomon | Lead Singer & Song Writer of Communist Daughter

January 28, 2018

In this episode, Al interviews John Solomon, lead singer and songwriter of the popular Twin Cities band, Communist Daughter (recorded 1-17-18). John shares his past struggles of addiction and living with bipolar 1 disorder. He shares some of the challenges of the manias, including firing his entire band from the back of a van to purchasing a restaurant because he enjoyed cooking. John describes how addiction and unmanaged bipolar disorder led to his arrest before he finally checked himself into Hazelden to begin his path to recovery. Hear about touring as a recovering addict while managing bipolar disorder and much more. Communist Daughter will be playing at the upcoming Sober Bowl on February 4 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Al Interviews Robert Vore | Blogger, Podcaster & Mental Health Advocate

January 14, 2018

In this episode, Al interviews Robert Vore, blogger, podcaster, and mental health advocate (recorded 9-17-17). Robert shares many of the struggles he had throughout his life in dealing with depression. He describes how he built a support system that included therapy and friends with whom he could open up to when he needed help. Robert also discusses some of the work he does around mental health advocacy, including his podcast, CXMH. You can learn more about Robert Vore on his website: robert-vore.com.

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Al Interviews John | City Public Works Employee

December 31, 2017

In this episode, Al interviews John, a local city public works employee (recorded 2-15-17). One of Al's first interviews, John and Al were connected through a mutual acquantance of one of the several support groups for men with depression at Face It. At the time of this recording, only two days earlier, John had just completed nearly twelve weeks of rehab for his depression. He had also just started back at his job two days prior to the interview. John shares what some of his most challenging days were like living alone with depression. He describes his home as one of a hoarder with not more than ten feet of available floor space at its worst. Hear how integral John's friends were in getting him on the path to recovery.

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Al Interviews JP | Blogger & Podcaster

December 17, 2017

In this episode, Al interviews blogger & podcaster, JP (recorded on 8-17-17). JP was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder over 14 years ago and more recently with Avoidant Personality Disorder and Dysthymia. JP shares what it's like to live with these diagnoses and his efforts to remain on the path to recovery. Having attempted suicide on more than one occasion, JP went to extremes to make sure that he could no longer buy a firearm. You can learn more about JP, read his blog, and hear his podcast by going to Jamoalki "Depressed Not Dead".

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Al Interviews Tom Chapman | Founder of The Lions Barber Collective

December 10, 2017

In this bonus episode, Al interviews Tom Chapman, founder of The Lions Barber Collective (recorded on 9-10-17). Tom shares about his friend's tragic suicide that inspired him to create this collective of barbers who encourage men to speak about mental health. Hear about the work of the Collective as they "bridge the gap between the community and the professionals". Learn more about this international collective of top barbers who have come together to help raise awareness for the prevention of suicide. You can find out more about The Lions Barber Collective on their website. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter @TheLionsBarbers.

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Al Interviews Jeff Emmerson | Author, Advocate & Blogger

December 3, 2017

In this episode, Al interviews author of the recently released Beyond ADHD: Overcoming the Label and Thriving. Born and raised in Ontario, Canada, Jeff began speaking publicly to raise awareness of ADHD and mental health issues in 2011, following a suicide attempt and resulting ADHD diagnosis. In this episode, Jeff speaks about the suicide of his brother, his own experience with major depression, and his incredible advocacy work. You can find out more about Jeff on his website or follow him on Twitter @IAmJeffEmmerson.

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Al Interviews Paul Gilmartin | Comedian, Television Personality & Podcast Host

November 19, 2017

In this episode, Al interviews comedian Paul Gilmartin. Paul is the host of "The Mental Illness Happy Hour", a very popular, weekly audio podcast consisting of interviews with artists, friends and the occasional doctor. His podcast is geared towards anyone interested in or affected by depression, addiction and other mental challenges which are so prevalent in the creative arts. In this episode, Paul discusses his lifelong challenges of dealing with depression and his personal insights into recovery. He also describes his career path from co-hosting the popular "Dinner and a Movie" to hosting his current podcast. Paul is witty, entertaining, and speaks with an honest vulnerability. You'll also find Paul on Facebook and on Twitter @mentalpod.

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Al Interviews Dennis Gillan | Mental Health Advocate & Motivational Speaker

November 5, 2017

In this episode, Al interviews mental health advocate & motivational speaker, Dennis Gillan. Dennis shares his powerful and inspirational story of surviving two separate sibling suicides. Learn more about Dennis, including how to book him for a speaking event at his website, dennisgillan.com. You'll also be able to find Dennis on Twitter @Dgillan

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Al Interviews Eddie Kedge | Writer, Advocate & Sexual Abuse Survivor

October 22, 2017

In this episode, Al interviews writer, advocate & sexual abuse survivor, Eddie Kedge. At age seven, Eddie was sexually assaulted by a stranger and forced to keep it a secret. Eddie shares what he calls, "The three pitfalls to the recovery of depression" and much more. You can learn more about Eddie, and see the actual newspaper article of this horrific incident, at his website eddiekedge.com. You can also find Eddie on Facebook. You'll also find Eddie on Pintrist and he Tweets @Eddie_Kedge.

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