The Depression Files
Al Interviews Logan Lynn | American Musician, Writer, Producer, Filmmaker, TV Personality, Mental Health Advocate & LGBT Activist.

Al Interviews Logan Lynn | American Musician, Writer, Producer, Filmmaker, TV Personality, Mental Health Advocate & LGBT Activist.

October 6, 2019

In this episode, Al interviews Logan Lynn, American musician, writer, producer, filmmaker, TV personality, mental health advocate, and LGBT Activist (recorded 9-9-19). Logan shares his incredible story of surviving childhood sexual abuse and the impact it had on his entire family. He describes being outed by a therapist after sharing with him that he was gay. Logan also shares how the music scene and his early popularity fueled his 16-year addiction of cocaine, alcohol, and crack. It wasn't until he suffered a TIA (a mini-stroke) and entered a program specifically for dual diagnoses (addiction & mental health) that he was able to finally become healthy.

Logan received the prestigious 2017 Award of Excellence from the National Council for Behavioral Health for his advocacy work in music, TV, film and community, and for founding the Keep Oregon Well campaign to fight the stigma of mental illness. In 2018 Kink FM named him one of The Portland 50, honoring the people who “dreamt, built and championed the innovation, growth and uniqueness of Portland”. His "My Movie Star" is currently up for three Grammy Awards.

You can find out more about Logan on his website. You'll also find him on Facebook, Twitter and on Instagram.

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Al Interviews John Panigas | Executive Coach & Author

Al Interviews John Panigas | Executive Coach & Author

September 22, 2019

In this episode, Al interviews John Panigas, executive coach and author (recorded 8-21-19). Although John spent approximately 58 years struggling with depression, as the president of The Panigas Group of Companies, he helped grow them to become a $100 million business in twenty years. Hear how John met a therapist, received hypnotherapy, and finally started his true recovery.

For the past twelve years, John has worked as an executive coach. He is also the author of Crazy, Who Me?, in which John describes his journey of leading with depression. John is also about to roll out a new workshop based on his RESTORE model of understanding and overcoming depression.

You can find out much more about John on his website at johnpanigas.com and you'll find him tweeting @jpanigas. Finally, you will also find him on Facebook.

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Al Interviews Michael Landsberg | TV/Radio Host, Mental Health Advocate & Founder of Sick Not Weak

Al Interviews Michael Landsberg | TV/Radio Host, Mental Health Advocate & Founder of Sick Not Weak

September 8, 2019

In this episode, Al interviews Michael Landsberg, longtime TV/radio host on TSN, mental health advocate, and founder of Sick Not Weak (recorded 8-7-19). Michael shares how he followed his heart and broke into the field of television and radio broadcasting. He shares his story of depression and describes the one interview, an interview with NHL player Stéphane Richer, that drove him to utilize his notoriety and platform to continue to speak publicly on the topic of mental health.

In addition to continuing his career at TSN, this incredibly passionate, outspoken mental health advocate founded Sick Not Weak. In addition to the website, you can find Sick Not Weak on FaceBook and Twitter @SickNotWeak. Michael also has his own Twitter account @HeyLandsberg.

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Al Interviews Justin Peck | Professional Off-Road Racer, Mental Health Advocate & Author of Bulletproof

Al Interviews Justin Peck | Professional Off-Road Racer, Mental Health Advocate & Author of Bulletproof

August 25, 2019

In this episode, Al interviews Justin Peck, professional off-road racer, mental health advocate, and author of Bulletproof (recorded 7-22-19). Justin shares his story of being severely bullied as a child, having depression symptoms at age nine, and bipolar disorder symptoms since age thirteen. He was finally diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of twenty-six, after a suicide attempt.

A natural story-teller and a passionate, caring mental health advocate, Justin describes how he got into off-road motorcycling. He also describes the day of his suicide attempt and the moment of irrationality in which he nearly killed himself.

Justin's popular memoir, Bulletproof, describes the challenges he has had living with bipolar disorder and the perseverance he needed in order to overcome many tragic moments. Justin is a Mental Health America (MHA) Ambassador and shares his story publicly at every opportunity in order to support others living with a mental illness. You can find out much more about Justin, find resources, and learn how to book him to speak publicly by visiting his website. You'll also find Justin on Twitter @Justinpeck49 and on Facebook.

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Al Interviews Michael J Nanna | Former University Professor, Former Police Officer & Singer-Songwriter

Al Interviews Michael J Nanna | Former University Professor, Former Police Officer & Singer-Songwriter

August 11, 2019

In this episode, Al interviews Michael J Nanna, former university professor, former police officer, and singer song writer (recorded 7-15-19). Michael struggled with anxiety from a very young age. Once in college, Michael studied psychology particularly hoping to get some answers regarding his own mental health struggles. During his undergrad years, he experienced his first panic attack. Michael went on to graduate school and started seeing a psychiatrist, as his panic attacks increased.

After receiving a PhD in statistics, Michael worked in the field of academia for several years until losing the position due to a reorganization of the staff. By this point, he was also experiencing depression for the first time. Michael then decided to try something completely different. He followed his heart and joined the police academy. After a back injury and an FMLA lawsuit, Michael decided to return to academia. However, after only a year in this position and with absolutely no notice, Michael was let go. Around the same time, he lost his mother, had a daughter with his wife of the time, then went through a divorce, and had to deal with financial hardships. This led to Michael's second bout of major depression. Michael shares the challenges of multiple changes of meds and an intensive outpatient program.

Michael is now focused on his musical career. Michael has on solo album titled Karmic Clutter. You can find it on Amazon or iTunes. Michael also has a website and a YouTube channel. You'll also find him on Twitter @mjnanna, Instagram @mjnanna67, and Facebook.

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Al Interviews Cory Strathman | Mental Health Advocate and Former Principal

Al Interviews Cory Strathman | Mental Health Advocate and Former Principal

July 28, 2019

In this episode, Al interviews Cory Strathman, mental health advocate and former principal (recorded 7-11-19). Cory describes working in the high stress role of the principal of an elementary school. After a smooth first couple of years, Cory received a call from his younger brother stating that he had cancer. This was the start of a mental spiral downward. While Cory's wife realized what was going on, she also pointed out that this was not the first time she had seen Cory in a similar state of mind and urged him to seek help.

Cory reluctantly started medication. However, he took them inconsistently and was faced with another downward spiral. Cory started to self-medicate with alcohol and knew he needed more help. He finally agreed to try some counseling and even attended in-patient and out-patient programs. However, his drinking became out of control and it wasn't until he was charged with "driving under the influence" (DUI) and "leaving the scene of an accident" that he finally took his recovery seriously.

After his arrest, Cory immediately resigned from his principal position. He has now started his own advocacy work through his website, Grace In Your Corner. Here you will find his blog, his vlog, professional resources, and more! You'll also find Cory on Twitter @CoryStrathman, on Facebook, and on Instagram.

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Al Interviews Matthew Tessnear | Author, Blogger & Mental Health Advocate

Al Interviews Matthew Tessnear | Author, Blogger & Mental Health Advocate

July 14, 2019

In this episode, Al interviews Matthew Tessnear, author, blogger, and mental health advocate. Matthew shares his long history with depression, anxiety, and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) (recorded 6-27-19). After working as a reporter and editor for ten years, Matthew switched roles to public relations. Soon after transitioning to this new role, Matthew's mental health took a turn for the worse. At that point, Matthew new something had to change. He withdrew from just about everything in order to focus on his mental health. Finally, after 30 years of living with these illnesses, Matthew reached out for the help he needed.

Matthew is now a passionate advocate around mental health. He is the author of Eating Me Alive: How Food, Faith, and Family Helped Me Fight Fear and Find Hope, which, as you could guess from the title, details the role food, family, and faith have played in helping him fight his fears. Matthew also has two blogs: Man Down and #FoodieScore. You can also find Matthew on Twitter @MatthewTessnear.

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Al Interviews Carl Waggett | Firefighter & PTSD Advocate

Al Interviews Carl Waggett | Firefighter & PTSD Advocate

June 30, 2019

In this episode, Al interviews Carl Waggett, firefighter and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) advocate (recorded 6-18-19). Carl is a firefighter of fifteen years, his last four as Acting Captain. He is now on leave due to his PTSD. Carl describes how he gradually realized that he was becoming desensitized to traumatic scenes. Eventually, after having a colleague die by suicide and feeling that his own life was beginning to crumble, Carl decided it was time to reach out for help.

Carl has now become an outspoken advocate around the topic of PTSD. He cranks out three podcasts and three FaceBook Live videos every week. He has a website titled, PTSD Bunker Gear for Your Brain and his Facebook page has the same title. You can also find Carl on Twitter @PTSDBunkerGear.

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Al Interviews Kevin & Co | Mental Health Advocate

Al Interviews Kevin & Co | Mental Health Advocate

June 16, 2019

In this episode, Al interviews Kevin & Co, mental health advocate (recorded 5-27-19). Kevin talks about being a trans male, as well as his diagnoses of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), previously known as Multiple Personality Disorder. Kevin describes his "System", which consists of Kevin and seven "Alters", or "Parts". Kevin describes receiving the diagnoses and the work he has done to have a better understanding of his many alters in this incredibly informative, candid interview.

You can learn more about Kevin & Co on his website. There, you can also purchase beautiful "Grounding Mats", read his BPD Magazine, or check out his "Story Time" collaborative with TheWeInMe. You'll also find Kevin on Twitter @onelilpill.

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Al Interviews Lorenzo Lewis | Mental Health Advocate & Founder of The Confess Project

Al Interviews Lorenzo Lewis | Mental Health Advocate & Founder of The Confess Project

June 2, 2019

In this episode, Al interviews Lorenzo Lewis, mental health advocate and founder of The Confess Project (recorded 5-13-19). Lorenzo shares some of his childhood trauma including being born behind bars, losing his father and entering a behavioral facility at age 10, and being convicted of a gun crime at age seventeen.

Lorenzo speaks about the challenges of being a black man with a mental illness. He also describes how the African American community, in general, relates to mental illnesses and some of the reasons that many black people have little trust in the medical system in the U.S.

You'll also hear Lorenzo describe the incredible work of The Confess Project, the non-profit he founded in 2016. This mental health initiative supports black boys and men from the ages of 11-35. The Confess Project provides education and training on topics related to mental health. They present in schools, universities and barbershops and even train barbers to become mental health advocates.

You can find out more about The Confess Project on their website or on their FaceBook page. You can also find Lorenzo on Twitter at Theconfessproj.

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