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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Al Interviews Dr. Anthony Piparo | Performance Psychologist, Suicide Loss Survivor & International Best-Selling Author

October 21, 2018

 In this episode, Al interviews Dr. Anthony Piparo, performance psychologist, suicide loss survivor, and international best-selling author (recorded 10-8-18). Dr. Piparo shares his own personal story of depression and how natural medicines, supplements, and diet supported his recovery. He also discusses the tragic loss of his son to suicide, strategies for one to utilize when working towards the recovery of depression, and much more!

Dr. Piparo is the author of Freedom from Depression: 6 Keys to Eliminating Emotional Pain. You can find out much more about Dr. Piparo on his website. In addition, you will find him on LinkedIn and on Twitter @tonypiparo.

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Al Interviews Justin Birckbichler | Testicular Cancer Survivor, Men’s Health Activist, & Founder of A Ballsy Sense of Tumor

October 7, 2018

In this episode, Al interviews Justin Birckbichler, testicular cancer survivor, men's health activist, educational technology coach, and founder of A Ballsy Sense of Tumor (recorded 7-11-18). At age 25, Justin was informed that he had testicular cancer and would need to have a testicle removed. After ten weeks of chemotherapy, Justin soon realized that fighting cancer wasn't as difficult as surviving cancer in regard to his mental and emotional health. Justin shares, very candidly, his story of cancer and depression.

Much of this passionate and outspoken men's health and cancer activist's work can be found on his website, A Ballsy Sense of Tumor. In addition, you'll find Justin on Instagram, Facebook, and tweeting at @absotTC.

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Al Interviews John Dickson | Writer, Mental Health Advocate & Father

September 23, 2018

In this episode, Al interviews John Dickson, writer, mental health advocate, and father (recorded 6-6-18). John shares the struggles he's faced in dealing with over forty years of depression. Living in rural Canada, John describes finding out two days after a suicide attempt that it would take months before he could even apply for support.  He opens up for the first time about the abduction of his two brothers by his step-father and describes how he recently given a new diagnosis of bipolar disorder.

John explains how he uses journaling about gratitude and meditation now to support his mental health. You can read much of his writing on his blogs at Jots and Thoughts: Recovery Through Gratitude and The 3 of Me. In addition, you can find John on Twitter @zelandroid009.

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Al Interviews Lee Plummer | US Navy Veteran

September 9, 2018

In this episode, Al interviews US Navy veteran, Lee Plummer (recorded 7-23-18). Lee describes a challenging childhood, including being kidnapped for two days, before the age of ten, by his mother's boyfriend and the traumatic police rescue that followed. Lee shares his experience of being deployed to Afghanistan for a 7-8 month tour of duty. Upon return to the US, Lee, taking the advice of another veteran, chose not to share the struggles he was having mentally with the military so that he could quickly be reunited with his family. In the end, this decision cost him the loss of receiving many of the benefits that would provide him with the mental health support that he now faces.

Find out more about Lee on his blog and follow him on Twitter @LeeJPlummer.

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Al Interviews Dr. Michael Weinstein | Acute Care Surgeon

August 26, 2018

In this episode, Al interviews Dr. Michael Weinstein, acute care surgeon (recorded 7-12-18). Realizing that he could no longer do the work of a surgeon due to the major depression he was suffering, Michael and his wife reached out to their family doctor, and close colleague, who convinced Michael to stop working in order to get help. Michael checked himself into an in-patient program for three months. Michael speaks candidly about being put into seclusion at one point and receiving more than ten sessions of Electric Convulsive Therapy (ECT).

Michael now shares his story publicly and is working at creating systems to better support the mental health of medical doctors. He has written about his own story in an article titled: Out of the Straitjacket and gives presentations on Surgeon Wellness, in which he discusses doctor burnout, the importance of self-care, and systems that promote the wellness of medical doctors. You can hear one of his presentations here.

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Al Interviews Charles Minguez | Mental Health Advocate & Aspiring Journalist

August 12, 2018

In this episode, Al interviews Charles Minguez, mental health advocate and aspiring journalist (recorded 5-16-18). Charles had his first suicide attempt at age thirteen. Before he reached his eighteenth birthday, he had been hospitalized three times. At age seventeen, Charles was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and major depression. Hear how Charles was originally misdiagnosed and medicated for bipolar disorder.

Now, ten years with no symptoms of schizoaffective disorder and having weaned completely off of his medication long ago, Charles has a blog and is working on writing his first book. Learn more about Charles and read much of his writing by visiting his blog at charlesminguez.com.

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Al Interviews Jermaine Tolbert (AKA Nate Calloway) | Songwriter, Author & Creator of Project: Genius of a Schizophrenic

July 29, 2018

In this episode, Al interviews Jermaine Tolbert (AKA Nate Calloway), songwriter, author, and creator of Project: Genius of a Schizophrenic (recorded 3-16-18). Nate describes how he became paranoid after smoking what he believed to have been laced marijuana (or "gas") for seven months straight. He eventually lands in the hospital psychiatric ward for a ten-day stay and a diagnosis of depression and schizophrenia. Nate decides to walk away from a music deal with Pharrell Williams in order to learn more about his diagnosis and gain the knowledge that he believes was instrumental in his recovery. Nate is now in the process of writing a book, Remind Me to Think: The Genius Behind Crazy, which describes his triumph over the diagnosis. Sprinkled throughout the book you will also learn about some of his experiences navigating the music industry with such a diagnosis. Please check out Nate's GoFundMe page and consider contributing funds that will go towards the marketing and launch of his book!

You can learn more about Nate on his Facebook page, you can hear some of his music on Soundcloud, AND...you can get your own free copy of the first chapter of Nate's book! Finally, be sure to follow Nate on Twitter

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Al Interviews Dan Ryder | Educator, Improviser & Design Thinker

July 15, 2018

In this episode, Al interviews Dan Ryder, educator, improviser, and design thinker (recorded 5-2-18). Dan describes how his family moved while he was in fifth grade, and the challenges he faced due to the move. This was the beginning of his lifelong struggles with depression, anxiety, anger and stress management. Dan shares what he has learned through hypnotherapy. Dan describes how he has come to terms, in the past couple of years, with the fact that he needed medication to support managing his family, his career, and his art.

You can follow Dan on Twitter @WickedDecent and learn more about him at DanRyder207.com. In addition, check out his book, Intention: Critical Creativity in the Classroom by clicking here.

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