Al Interviews David Soto Jr. | Author, Podcaster & Retired US Air Force Master Sergeant

March 10, 2019

In this episode, Al interviews author, podcaster, and retired US Air Force Master Sergeant, David Soto Jr. (recorded 2-21-19). After retiring from the US Air Force, David spent close to three years traveling and living in a van. The excitement quickly unraveled and, having a great deal of time alone, David did a significant amount of introspection. He came to realize that he needed help. He finally realized that he had experienced a fair amount of anger throughout his life, he had long assumed he had ADD, and he eventually realized that he had pulled himself out of what seemed to have been depression on several occasions.

David sought out support from the Veterans Association and believed that most of his troubles were past him. However, after many years apart from a woman he could not forget, David reunited with her recently. They quickly conceived a child and became engaged. While David believed he was now living the life he had dreamed of, he fell into the deepest depression he had ever experienced; one that included suicidal thoughts that he could not escape!

You can find David's blog posts on his Medium site. You can also find out more about David on his personal site at DavidSotoWrites.com. You'll find all of his published books, such as his best-selling Pass Your PT Test: An Unconventional Guide to Passing the Air Force Physical Fitness Assessment and his latest fictional novel Los Chocolates De Esperanza Diamanté: A Tale of Love, Death, and Chocolate, here at David's Amazon author page. Finally, you'll also find David on Twitter @davidesotojr.

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Al Interviews Sean Adam | Inspirational Speaker & Podcaster

February 24, 2019

In this episode, Al interviews inspirational speaker and podcaster, Sean Adam (recorded 2-6-19). Sean describes how shame prevented him from reaching out for any type of professional help through his first four bouts of major depression. Through time, books, self-exploration and professional support, Sean was able to realize how the romantic relationships he chose to be in (hero-victim) impacted his mental health. Rather than focus on being with and supporting others, he finally realized that he needed to focus on his own physical and mental health. Hear his journey through his five bouts of major depression and his path to recovery.

You can find out much more about Sean on his website www.togetherwerisespeaking.com. In addition, you'll find him on Instagram @adambomb8 and @wildheartspodcast. You can also find him on Facebook. Finally, The Wild Hearts Podcast, in which Sean co-hosts, is hosted on YouTube.

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Al Interviews Jeremy Schneider, MFT | Marriage and Family Therapist, Author, Public Speaker & Childhood Trauma Survivor

February 10, 2019

In this episode, Al interviews Jeremy Schneider, marriage and family therapist, author, public speaker, and childhood trauma survivor (recorded 1-28-19). Jeremy speaks very openly and honestly about a significant amount of childhood trauma that he had experienced up until the age of eighteen. He describes how the trauma has impacted his life and the incredible amount of work that he has done, and continues to do, in order to work through this trauma. Jeremy also describes the debilitating nature of some of the depression that he has experienced.

In addition to working as a marriage and family therapist, Jeremy is an author. He wrote Fatherhood in 40-Minute Snapshots, which explores the challenges and joys of being a dad while sharing insights and a modern perspective on fatherhood. Jeremy also has a free eBook: Fatherhood Snapshots: The Early Years. Learn more about Jeremy and find more of his writing on his website at www.jgs.net. Finally, you'll find Jeremy on Twitter @JGS_Author.

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Al Interviews Jacob Moore | Filmmaker and Founder of NoStigmas Mental Health Support Community

January 27, 2019

In this episode, Al interviews Jacob Moore, filmmaker and founder of NoStigmas mental health support community (recorded 1-23-19). After losing his father at the young age of six, Jake struggled with undiagnosed, debilitating depression and anxiety for much of his life. Panic attacks related to his physical health were frequent and he eventually turned to booze and drugs to self-medicate. After working as a bartender that supported his drinking habit, he landed an incredible job opportunity that allowed him to make six figures before the age of thirty. However, unable to get the partying lifestyle under control, he lost his job and escaped to Argentina. Hear about an odd twist on the flight to Argentina that was life-changing!

Jake has now founded NoStigmas.org, a mental health support community. You'll hear Jake describe his holistic 5 Bridges wellness plan to support one's mental health. You can learn more about Jake at jacobmoore.com. You'll also find him on Instagram @Jacob Moore. In addition, he's on Twitter @nostigmas and Facebook @nostigmas.

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Al Interviews Nick Emeigh | Director of Outreach and Development for NAMI Bucks County, Pennsylvania

January 13, 2019

In this episode, Al interviews Nick Emeigh, Director of Outreach and Development for NAMI Bucks County, Pennsylvania (recorded 11-19-18). Nick, who is diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder, anxiety, depression, and OCD candidly shares his story that includes several hospitalizations, suicide attempts, self-medicating with heavy drugs, an arrest and much more! Nick explains the differences between Schizoaffective Disorder and Schizophrenia. He also describes the stigma he often feels when he mentions the diagnosis of Schizoaffective disorder.

You can read more about Nick on the Bucks County, PA NAMI website and you'll also find him on FaceBook.

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Al Interviews T.J. Smith | Hockey Coach & Mental Health Consultant

December 30, 2018

In this episode, Al interviews T.J. Smith, hockey coach and mental health consultant (recorded 11-5-17). T.J. estimates that he struggled in silence with depression for over ten years before getting the support he needed. T.J. struggled with racing thoughts that greatly impaired his sleep, a gambling addiction, and binge drinking. After reaching a breaking point and realizing he needed help, T.J. was diagnosed with major depression, anxiety, and OCD. T.J. had three inpatient hospitalizations in a relatively short period of time. He describes a day of inpatient, as well as what it's like to receive Electric Convulsive Therapy (ECT).

T.J.'s most recent work is that of creating a peer support group in St. Anthony, Newfoundland and Labrador. There have recently been a couple of articles written about T.J.: New Peer Support Group in St. Anthony Bridging Gap in Mental Health Services and Mental Health Support Group Starting in St. Anthony. You can find T.J. on Twitter @TJSmith61 and you can reach him by email at teejay_68@hotmail.com.

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Al Interviews Michael Kuhne | Community College English Instructor

December 16, 2018

In this episode, Al interviews Michael Kuhne, a community college English instructor (recorded 6-13-18). Michael describes his first suicidal thoughts that occurred at age 14, as he contemplated taking his own life while holding a loaded .22 caliber rifle. He goes on to describe two other bouts of major depression and an unhealthy coping mechanism of over-exercising. Michael describes learning later in life what it means to be an adult child of an alcoholic. Now, an instructor at a community college, Michael teaches many students who have had their own traumas and mental health challenges. Michael shares how he is able to empathetically support them.

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Al Interviews Mike Stroh | Mental Health Advocate & Founder of “Starts with Me”

December 2, 2018

In this episode, Al interviews Mike Stroh, mental health advocate and founder of Starts with Me (recorded 10-4-18). At age twelve, due to anxiety, Mike turned to drugs. A drug-induced psychotic episode from shrooming at age 12 didn't prevent Mike from continuing down a path of serious drugs. Even after being convicted of trafficking weed at age sixteen, Mike experimented with drugs such as MDMA and ecstasy throughout his high school years. His college days became more challenging. Mike's brother had a first psychotic episode and was diagnosed with schizophrenia. He also found himself on a campus that became a hotbed of political activism due to the 911 attacks. He began to experience more symptoms of depression and suicidal thoughts.

After college, Mike turned to online gambling, which allowed him to continue to get high on a regular basis. Mike eventually got married and and entered a three-week outpatient program to deal with his drug use. Now clean, Mike has founded an organization called Starts with Me. Starts With Me is a company of ‘Peers’ leading a post-institutional mental health care movement. They create platforms to support gaps in education and services along with empowering families and individuals to increase their capacity for well-being.

In addition to the Starts with Me website, you'll find Mike on Twitter @StartsWithMe and on Instagram @StartsWithMe. You can also find him on Facebook.

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Al Interviews Ethan Fisher | Keynote Speaker for Middle Schools, High Schools & College Athletes

November 18, 2018

In this episode, Al interviews Ethan Fisher, middle school, high school, and college athlete keynote speaker (recorded 10-15-18). Ethan shares the challenges he faced beginning from the time he was in the eighth grade. Even as a popular kid and the captain of the golf team, Ethan began drinking in middle school. He would drink while at school and while on the golf course. His depression was at its worst, as was his drinking, from the ages of 18-23 and when Ethan found himself, "drinking every night in order to die".

At the age of 23, after downing a bottle of wine at a party and passing out, Ethan made the tragic decision to drive home. The next thing he knew, he was in a hospital and a nurse was waking him up to explain to him that he had been driving on the wrong side of the road and killed a man in a head-on collision.

After failing out of five colleges and doing time in prison for vehicular homicide, Ethan did graduate from college. He now shares his story with students from middle school through college and speaks on the topics of depression and addiction in order to save lives. You can find out much more about Ethan at ethan-fisher.com and lifecon.org. You'll also find Ethan on Twitter @life_CON and @UNDRAFTED_EFISH.

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Al Interviews Daniel Garza | HIV Advocate, Public Speaker & Podcaster

November 4, 2018

In this episode, Al interviews Daniel Garza, HIV advocate, public speaker, and podcaster. From the age of 13, Daniel hid his sexuality until he was "outed" to his family at age 17. He started drinking in his mid-teens and was heavily addicted by the age of twenty, doing crack and cocaine on a regular basis. At the age of thirty, Daniel was diagnosed with AIDS, at the age of 45 he was diagnosed with anal cancer, and at the age of 47 he was diagnosed with diabetes. Daniel speaks very openly about these physical ailments, as well as his mental health and the diagnoses of anxiety, depression, and health-related PTSD.

You can find out much more about Daniel on his Facebook page, his YouTube page, and on Instagram. Make sure to check out his podcast: Put it Together. Finally, Daniel Tweets @LilMesican

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