The Depression Files
An Announcement - Changes Coming to The Depression Files

An Announcement - Changes Coming to The Depression Files

September 10, 2020

Today, September 3, World Suicide Prevention Day, marks three years to the day that the Depression Files podcast has been up and running. Every other week I’ve published a man’s lived experience with depression and/or other mental illnesses. In addition, I’ve published several BONUS episodes in between episodes in which we’ve had a guest and taken a deep dive into a topic such as bipolar disorder or suicide.

Today, on the third anniversary of the show, I’d like to announce a few changes that will allow me to have time to continue my advocacy in other ways. I’m excited that I was recently appointed by the governor to the MN State Advisory Council on Mental Illness. I’d also like to continue to grow my blog and speak publicly on the topic of mental health.

For these reasons, I plan to publish one show every month. I will continue to have a guest on every show. I’ll include a mix of stories of men living with a mental illness and episodes that explore a specific topic related to mental health.

I want to thank those of you who have been supporting me by listening to the show, sharing the show whether on Twitter or on other social media platforms or even word of mouth. I also want to thank those of you who have been supporting me monetarily through my Patreon page and those of you who have taken the time to rate and review the show. These acts of kindness really go a long ways.

Finally, if you have thoughts on a topic related to mental health that you’d like to hear on the show, or if you’d just like to connect with me, please email me at TheDepressionFiles@gmail.com.

Al Interviews Josh Knutti | Host of the Overcoming You Podcast

Al Interviews Josh Knutti | Host of the Overcoming You Podcast

September 6, 2020

In this episode, Al interviews Josh Knutti, host of the Overcoming You podcast (recorded 7-1-20). Josh worked his way up the corporate ladder and was managing a $580 million, 22K associates company that operated in several countries. But it was never enough for Josh. Wanting more, he left his job and planned to purchase his own company. This major deal fell through at the last possible moment, leaving Josh broke and with nothing.

Josh describes the debilitating depression he experienced for a year and a half that culminated in a motel room with cocaine, weed, and a shotgun.

Josh also shares his path to recovery. He describes the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) treatments and talks about meditation, therapy and medication.

Finally, Josh talks about his podcast, Overcoming You. If you'd like to learn more about Josh, you'll find him on Instagram @overcomingu and on Facebook.

If you have listened and feel that you have received some value from the podcast, please consider supporting the show by becoming a Patron at patreon.com/thedepressionfiles. You can begin to support the show with as little as $1.00/month!

In addition to The Depression Files podcast, you can find Al's blog at TheDepressionFiles.com. There, you can also find out how to work with Al as a coach or schedule him for a public speaking event. You will also find Al on Twitter @allevin18.

Al Interviews James Withey | Former Therapist, Mental Health Advocate, Public Speaker & Author

Al Interviews James Withey | Former Therapist, Mental Health Advocate, Public Speaker & Author

August 23, 2020

In this episode, Al interviews James Withey, former therapist, mental health advocate, public speaker, and author (recorded 6-18-20). James shares the challenges of losing his father at age five and knowing he was gay at the young age of eleven or twelve, yet keeping those feelings hidden until age eighteen.

James very candidly describes his battle with anxiety, panic attacks, anorexia and depression. Multiple suicide attempts and hospitalizations, James still has a safety plan in place that includes a daily check-in with his husband.

James is the co-creator and editor of The Recovery Letters: Addressed to People Experiencing Depression. He is also the author of How to Tell Depression to Piss Off: 40 Ways to Get Your Life Back. You can find out more about The Recovery Letters project and read letters that may not be included in his book at therecoveryletters.com. You can find out more about James on his website at jameswithey.com. Finally, you'll find James tweeting @jameswwithey and @RecoveryLetters.

If you have listened and feel that you have received some value from the podcast, please consider supporting the show by becoming a Patron at patreon.com/thedepressionfiles. You can begin to support the show with as little as $1.00/month!

In addition to The Depression Files podcast, you can find Al's blog at TheDepressionFiles.com. There, you can also find out how to work with Al as a coach or schedule him for a public speaking event. You will also find Al on Twitter @allevin18.

BONUS Episode - Al Interviews Dr. Peter Gutierrez on the Topic of Suicide

BONUS Episode - Al Interviews Dr. Peter Gutierrez on the Topic of Suicide

August 16, 2020

This is a Bonus Episode in which Al interviews an expert or guest on a particular topic related to mental health. In this episode, Al interviews Dr. Peter Gutierrez on the topic of suicide (recorded 6-24-20).

Al and Dr. Gutierrez discuss a wide range of topics around suicide; data, impulsivity, Ketamine, therapy groups and much more!

Dr. Gutierrez is a clinical research psychologist focused on the topic of suicide prevention. He currently works for LivingWorks as a research suicidologist.

If you enjoyed this episode, please click the 'like' button. Also, please take a moment to rate and review the show on iTunes. Finally, don't miss an episode! Click the subscribe/follow button now!

If you have listened and feel that you have received some value from the podcast, please consider supporting the show by becoming a Patron at patreon.com/thedepressionfiles. You can begin to support the show with as little as $1.00/month!

In addition to The Depression Files podcast, you can find Al's blog at TheDepressionFiles.com. There, you can also find out how to work with Al as a coach or schedule him for a public speaking event. You will also find Al on Twitter @allevin18.

Al Interviews Matthew Williams | Author, Public Speaker & Project Worker for the Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind Charity

Al Interviews Matthew Williams | Author, Public Speaker & Project Worker for the Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind Charity

August 9, 2020

In this interview, Al interviews Matthew Williams, author, public speaker, and project worker for the Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind Charity. Matthew describes three major bouts of depression that he has dealt with in his lifetime.

Matthew speaks of taking mental health leaves from work, his fear of starting medications, his recovery, and his passion for doing work that supports others.

Matthew is the author of, Something Changed: Stumbling Through Divorce, Dating, and Depression and A Familiar Stranger.

You can find out much more about Matthew, read his blog, and find out how to book him for a speaking event on his website www.afamiliarstranger.co.uk.

If you enjoyed this episode, please click the 'like' button. Also, please take a moment to rate and review the show on iTunes. Finally, don't miss an episode! Click the subscribe/follow button now!

If you have listened and feel that you have received some value from the podcast, please consider supporting the show by becoming a Patron at patreon.com/thedepressionfiles. You can begin to support the show with as little as $1.00/month!

In addition to The Depression Files podcast, you can find Al's blog at TheDepressionFiles.com. There, you can also find out how to work with Al as a coach or schedule him for a public speaking event. You will also find Al on Twitter @allevin18.

Al Interviews Evan Whitehead | Director of Special Services, National Consultant & Public Speaker

Al Interviews Evan Whitehead | Director of Special Services, National Consultant & Public Speaker

July 26, 2020

In this episode, Al interviews Evan Whitehead, director of special services, national consultant, and public speaker (recorded 4-8-20). Growing up with a father who was unpredictable due to substance abuse, Evan experienced trauma as a child. At times, the power and phones at their home would be shut off and the family moved a number of times throughout his childhood.

Evan experienced his first bout of depression when he left home for college and started playing DI football. In high school, Evan had been a standout football player. As a freshman playing DI, this was no longer the case. This, along with living across the country from his family, was too much to handle. Evan found himself turning to alcohol and weed in order to cope. By the end of his freshman year, he had lost the care of school and football and experienced suicidal ideations for the first time.

Evan's second bout of depression came as a new father. He gave so much care for his newborn and others, that he neglected his own care. He continued self-medicating and finally realized he needed support for himself. He entered a dual diagnosis program to deal with his substance abuse and mental health.

Evan shares the challenges of mental health in the black community and, more specifically, around the generational trauma that often prevents African Americans from reaching out for the help they may need. In addition, Evan shares his passion of supporting educators and their mental health.

If you enjoyed this episode, please click the 'like' button. Also, please take a moment to rate and review the show on iTunes. Finally, don't miss an episode! Click the subscribe/follow button now!

If you have listened and feel that you have received some value from the podcast, please consider supporting the show by becoming a Patron at patreon.com/thedepressionfiles. You can begin to support the show with as little as $1.00/month!

In addition to The Depression Files podcast, you can find Al's blog at TheDepressionFiles.com. There, you can also find out how to work with Al as a coach or schedule him for a public speaking event. You will also find Al on Twitter @allevin18.

BONUS Episode - Al Interviews Michael Pipich LMFT on the Topic of Bipolar Disorder

BONUS Episode - Al Interviews Michael Pipich LMFT on the Topic of Bipolar Disorder

July 19, 2020

This is a Bonus Episode in which Al interviews an expert or guest on a particular topic related to mental health. In this episode, Al interviews Michael Pipich LMFT on the topic of bipolar disorder (recorded 6-16-20). Michael describes the differences between various types of bipolar disorder and the importance of a holistic approach to treating one with this mental illness. Michael shares various treatment options, describes some of the medications, and explains the importance of having family and/or loved ones involved in supporting the patient.

You can find out much more about Michael on his website, michaelpipich.com. With its three-phase approach, Michael's book, Owning Bipolar: How Patients and Families Can Take Control of Bipolar Disorder can help you and your loved ones become experts at an illness that has called the shots in your life for too long.

If you enjoyed this episode, please click the 'like' button. Also, please take a moment to rate and review the show on iTunes. Finally, don't miss an episode! Click the subscribe/follow button now!

If you have listened and feel that you have received some value from the podcast, please consider supporting the show by becoming a Patron at patreon.com/thedepressionfiles. You can begin to support the show with as little as $1.00/month!

In addition to The Depression Files podcast, you can find Al's blog at TheDepressionFiles.com. There, you can also find out how to work with Al as a coach or schedule him for a public speaking event. You will also find Al on Twitter @allevin18.

Al Interviews Jon Harper | Assistant Principal, Author, Podcaster & Public Speaker

Al Interviews Jon Harper | Assistant Principal, Author, Podcaster & Public Speaker

July 12, 2020

In this episode, Al interviews Jon Harper, assistant principal, author, podcaster, and public speaker (recorded 4-1-20). Jon and Al, both assistance principals, discuss the importance of supporting educators with their own mental health. Jon talks about the importance of vulnerability as a leader and the importance of self-care. Jon also shares the story of his own "breakdown" due to a continued rise in the level of anxiety he was dealing with eight years ago.

Jon wrote an article titled, "5 Strategies for Teacher Self-Care", that was recently published in ASCD Express. Jon is the author of "My Bad: 24 Educators Who Messed Up Fessed Up and Grew!". Jon was the host of the podcast, "My Bad" that ran from April 2016 - September 2019. He is currently co-hosting the podcast, "Teachers Aid", which aims to provide social and emotional support for the very personal challenges teachers face. You can find out more about Jon on his website at jonharper.blog and follow him on Twitter @Jonharper70bd.

If you enjoyed this episode, please click the 'like' button. Also, please take a moment to rate and review the show on iTunes. Finally, don't miss an episode! Click the subscribe/follow button now!

If you have listened and feel that you have received some value from the podcast, please consider supporting the show by becoming a Patron at patreon.com/thedepressionfiles. You can begin to support the show with as little as $1.00/month!

In addition to The Depression Files podcast, you can find Al's blog at TheDepressionFiles.com. There, you can also find out how to work with Al as a coach or schedule him for a public speaking event. You will also find Al on Twitter @allevin18.

Al Interviews John Arenburg | Addictions Counselor, Former Long-Term Care Worker, Volunteer Firefighter, Author & Mental Health Advocate

Al Interviews John Arenburg | Addictions Counselor, Former Long-Term Care Worker, Volunteer Firefighter, Author & Mental Health Advocate

June 28, 2020

In this episode, Al interviews John Arenburg, addictions counselor, former longer-term care worker, volunteer firefighter, author, and mental health advocate (recorded 3-30-20). John struggled in school from a young age, acting out and smashing things and often finding himself in the principal's office. He began to see a social worker at the age of eleven or so, yet his behaviors peaked in middle school.

John became a volunteer firefighter while still in high school and a full-active member at the age of nineteen. Soon after becoming a full-active member, John found himself facing his first fatality at the horrific scene of a mini barn fire. John describes several other life events that contributed to his eventual diagnoses of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), major depressive disorder, and generalized anxiety.

John is close to publishing his first book, "The Road to Mental Wellness". Find out more about John's book and how you can support him through a GoFundMe page. Find out more about John and check out more if his writing at his website, theroadtomentalwellness.com. You'll also find John on Twitter @ArenburgJohn and Facebook at The Road to Mental Wellness @TRTMW.

If you enjoyed this episode, please click the 'like' button. Also, please take a moment to rate and review the show on iTunes. Finally, don't miss an episode! Click the subscribe/follow button now!

If you have listened and feel that you have received some value from the podcast, please consider supporting the show by becoming a Patron at patreon.com/thedepressionfiles. You can begin to support the show with as little as $1.00/month!

In addition to The Depression Files podcast, you can find Al's blog at TheDepressionFiles.com. There, you can also find out how to work with Al as a coach or schedule him for a public speaking event. You will also find Al on Twitter @allevin18.

Al Interviews Brett Stevens | Start-Up Consultant, Former Professional Poker Player & Author

Al Interviews Brett Stevens | Start-Up Consultant, Former Professional Poker Player & Author

June 14, 2020

In this episode, Al interviews Brett Stevens, start-up consultant, former professional Poker Player, and author (recorded 3-26-20). Brett had no signs of any type of mental illness until the age of nineteen when he had his first manic episode. Brett takes us through his three manic episodes, all of which began with seven days of paranoia, delusions, and hallucinations. Each of which landed him in a psychiatric hospital inpatient program. Each impacting his life for approximately eighteen months. It wasn't until his third inpatient hospitalization that he was given a diagnosis of bipolar I disorder.

Brett shares his story in a memoir titled, Crossover: A Look Inside a Manic Mind. Having a rare condition called hypermnesia, which allows Brett to recall memories in vivid and precise details, coupled with his talented writing style makes this book a real page-turner.

You can learn more about Brett on his website insideamanicmind.com. You'll also find him on Twitter @crossover_book, Facebook at Crossover A Look Inside A Manic Mind, Linked in at Brett Stevens, and on Instagram at Crossover_Book.

If you enjoyed this episode, please click the 'like' button. Also, please take a moment to rate and review the show on iTunes. Finally, don't miss an episode! Click the subscribe/follow button now!

If you have listened and feel that you have received some value from the podcast, please consider supporting the show by becoming a Patron at patreon.com/thedepressionfiles. You can begin to support the show with as little as $1.00/month!

In addition to The Depression Files podcast, you can find Al's blog at TheDepressionFiles.com. There, you can also find out how to work with Al as a coach or schedule him for a public speaking event. You will also find Al on Twitter @allevin18.

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