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Mequell Buck: Thriving with Mental Illness

103 EpisodesProduced by Mequell BuckWebsite

Author, public speaker and suicide survivor Mequell Buck, along with her husband Adam, have an open and honest discussion about issues surrounding mental illness. Sometimes funny, sometimes serious, but always insightful.

103 Episodes | 2020 - 2023

Ep. 100 - What Suicide Attempt Survivors Wish their Families Knew

September 22nd, 2023


Mequell and Adam share from the Advocacy for Change Project things that suicide attempt survivors wish their families knew. Some of them might surprise you! Tune in to hear ways that we can show love after a suicide …

Ep. 99 - What to Say When Someone is Suicidal

September 15th, 2023


Mequell and Adam share tips from an article (and ok, from personal experience as well) about what to say to help when someone is suicidal. You are not required to know how to deal with it, you're just required to …

Ep. 98 - What Role do Life Coaches Play in the Mental Illness World?

September 7th, 2023


Mequell and Adam address a frequently asked question about what role do life coaches play in the mental illness world? There is no substitute for …

Ep. 97 - Paris Scobie - The Importance of Tracking

August 23rd, 2023


Mequell and Adam are joined by Paris Scobie, host of the Live Well Bipolar Podcast and author of Crooked Illness, for an incredible discussion. Paris …

Ep. 96- Managing Back To School

August 16th, 2023


Mequell and Adam share the presentation Mequell was invited to give to a group of teens ... but unfortunately bad weather caused her to miss the plane (so so sorry!) ... nevertheless vital information for ourselves or …

Ep. 95 - Why Won't my Teen talk to me about Depression?

July 26th, 2023


Mequell and Adam review a study about teens and their willingness to open up about depression and other mental health related topics. Surprisingly (or not) they ARE willing to talk to us IF we will listen. Tune in (for …

Ep. 94 - Men's Mental Health Awareness (which is still applicable in July)

July 11th, 2023


Mequell and Adam have a much needed discussion about the top signs of good mental health for men and the reasons why it's sometimes an extra challenge for them to get what they need. Adam is the star of the show sharing …

Ep. 93 - Mental Wellness and Mental Illness are NOT Mutually Exclusive

June 20th, 2023


Mequell and Adam have a discussion that's a hot topic and that can be slightly triggering in the mental illness world. Everyone loves to discuss mental wellness but there is a misunderstanding that many have where they …

Ep. 92 - Laurel Kelsey: How Gut Health relates to Mental Illness

May 30th, 2023


Mequell and Adam are joined by Laurel Kelsey: Functional Nutrition Counselor and Exercise Physiologist for a fascinating and very educational …

Ep. 91 - How do you even stay married?! (Do you mean because he snores?)

May 12th, 2023


Mequell and Adam respond (slightly aggressively on Mequell's part) to a repeat question posed many times over the years of "Wow! How do you even stay married?!" This is a very legitimate question if your warrior isn't …

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Ms. Health and Fitness Competition as a Mental Illness Warrior!!!

May 1st, 2023


Mequell went waaaaay outside of her comfort zone and entered the Ms Health and Fitness Competition as a Mental Illness Warrior and Suicide Survivor. She made it through to the online voting rounds and now explains the …

Ep. 90 - A Police Officers View of the Mental Illness Crisis

April 27th, 2023


Mequell and Adam are joined by Officer Tyler Service to discuss his take on the mental illness crisis. Tyler has specific insights as he has responded to crisis calls and worked as a resource officer with teens. He also …

Ep. 89 - Maintaining Hope when Your Children are Suicidal: Dawn Day

April 7th, 2023


Mequell and Adam are joined by author and educator Dawn Day as they discuss her own experience parenting her three girls through periods of suicidality. She is very open and real about the challenges and hardships …

Ep. 88 - We Love to Hear from our Listeners!!! (and How to Help a Critic become a Cheerleader)

March 30th, 2023


Mequell and Adam discuss hearing from two beloved listeners.

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  1. Everyone needs connection (even us!)
  2. How to help a critic become a …

Ep. 87 - How Medication Affects Dreams

March 15th, 2023


Mequell and Adam share some research and funny real-life examples about the effects medication (specifically SSRIs and beta-blockers which are most anti-depressants and anxiety meds currently prescribed) have on both …

Ep. 86 - Flexibility prevents Suicide: Know What's What

March 2nd, 2023


Mequell and Adam talk about the #1 factor in preventing suicide: Flexibility. There has to be flexibility in thinking and when approaching the very real need of lifting the heavy weight when living with mental illness. …

Ep. 85 - Guess What? I still have Mental Illness. Surprise!!!

February 15th, 2023


Mequell and Adam talk through some listener comments she's gotten recently that seem to indicate people may not really think she lives with this anymore ... or that she has it all figured out ... or that she has such …

Ep. 84 - BIG NEWS: Announcing the launching of the Mental Illness Warrior website

February 4th, 2023


Mequell and Adam are SO excited to announce the launching of their website Mental Illness Warrior. We hope to bring hope, humor and resources to those in the trenches.

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Ep. 83 - Jen Hilderbrand: HOPE Mental Health Foundation

February 2nd, 2023


Mequell and Adam are joined by Jen Hilderbrand, President of the non-profit HOPE Mental Health Foundation. HOPE believes therapy is for everyone and seeks to provide financial assistance to those in a time of crisis. …

Ep. 82 - Mental Illness and why goal setting is MAD stressful

January 23rd, 2023


Mequell and Adam discuss the stressors, realities and benefits of setting goals in a way that will work when living with mental illness. They also talk about how to best support as a cheerleader and encourage the …

Ep. 81 - Kelsey Williams - Pregnancy and Being a Young Mom

January 14th, 2023


Mequell and Adam are joined by a listener (and self proclaimed Fan Girl ;) Kelsey Williams. She shares her story being diagnosed with bipolar and her …

Ep. 80: Crystal Bowman, LMFT - The Importance of Evolving as a Parent

December 3rd, 2022


Mequell and Adam are joined by licensed marriage and family therapist Crystal Bowman for a discussion about the importance of evolving as a parent …

Ep. 79 - Balancing Extended Family Relationships and Obligations

November 12th, 2022


Mequell and Adam respond to a listener question of how to manage obligations (and sometimes guilt) that comes from extended family. Saying no to events and things that will overspend us is always tricky but even more so …

Ep. 78 - Quentin Brown (Clinical Psychologist) on LGBTQ+ suicide

October 23rd, 2022


Mequell and Adam are joined by Clinical Psychologist Quentin Brown for a fascinating discussion on specific issues LGBTQ+ individuals face and why …

Ep. 77 - Why Peer Support is Vital for Our Kids: Sam Buck

October 15th, 2022


Mequell and Adam are joined by Sam (resident young adult and brains behind the scenes) for a discussion about why peer support is vital to help our …

Ep. 76 - I. AM. NOT. O.K !!!

October 7th, 2022


Mequell and Adam are back for Season 4. Trigger warning ** this is an angry episode** Mequell talks about how loud and frustrating and screamy it feels inside her head when meds are not on point. Mequell and Adam share …

Ep. 75 - 988 Suicide Crisis Hotline

July 21st, 2022


Mequell and Adam talk about the newly rolled out 988 Suicide Crisis Hotline and how to be a good help yourself as you're responding to a crisis. They …

Ep. 74: Katie Clark, BCBA

June 27th, 2022


Mequell and Adam are joined by Katie Clark, founder of Peak Behavioral Consulting and Board Certified Behavioral Analyst (BCBA). Katie has years of …

Ep. 73 - Crystal Partney, CEO Scattering Hope

June 20th, 2022


Mequell and Adam are joined by Crystal Partney, CEO of Scattering Hope which is an organization to help support after losing someone to suicide. Crystal started this organization after losing her own sister Gina and …

Ep. 72: Katey McPherson - Youth Mental Health Advocate

June 15th, 2022

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Mequell and Adam are joined by youth mental health advocate Katey McPherson. Katey has over 25 years experience as a …

Ep. 71 Jessica Westover, LMFT - Healthy Family Relationships

June 5th, 2022


Mequell and Adam are joined by LMFT Jessica Westover to address legitimate issues within families living with mental illness. She offers very practical tips and ideas on how to improve relationships including taking …

Ep. 70: The Good, the Bad and the Manic - How to Help

May 31st, 2022


Mequell and Adam answer a listener question of how to recognize the different stages of mania and what you can do to help.

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Ep. 69: Angry Gary - Personality Changes

May 17th, 2022


Mequell and Adam have a discussion around personality changes that can occur with medications answering a listener question. Sometimes those changes cause a swing a personality that lands in a spot (just like the …

Ep. 68: Boundaries - Jeni Gessel MCMH-LAC

April 25th, 2022


Mequell and Adam are joined by Clinical Mental Health Counselor Jeni Gessel MCMH - LAC for an enlightening (and complicated) discussion surrounding boundaries. Whether you are the warrior or cheerleader in dealing with …

Ep. 67: Cheri Johnson OCD - Using good habits to cope

April 18th, 2022


Mequell and Adam are joined by Fitness and Wellness Management expert Cheri Johnson of the Six Pack Dad Tribe who also happens to live with OCD. Along with an excellent discussion around OCD and her experience Cheri …

Ep. 66: What If It's Your Husband?

April 9th, 2022


Mequell and Adam respond to a listener question of how to handle things when the situation is reversed and the husband (and sometimes primary …

Ep. 65: Emotional Support Animals

March 26th, 2022


Mequell and Adam discuss the pros (and cons) of having an emotional support animal (our cavapoo Leonora) along with some research and studies that have been done about the benefits. Pros: lick licks and puppy cuddles …

Ep. 64: Choosing your Child not Expectations

February 26th, 2022


Mequell and Adam respond to a question several listeners have posed recently which is "How do I help my struggling child?" These kids are in  situations where their parents are afraid for their safety and trying to keep …

Ep. 63: 3 Steps to becoming a better Cheerleader

February 11th, 2022


Mequell and Adam discuss the reality that there are no ready made heroes who come to the table with all of the tools in place to be an amazing …

Ep. 62: Sam Stapley - supporting a partner with mental illness

January 15th, 2022


Mequell and Adam are joined by Sam Stapley (the lovely Eliza's husband from a few episodes back) as he shares his experience, wisdom and knowledge gained by his exposure to mental illness. He shares how invaluable the …

Ep. 61: (Anti-Anxiety) Goal Setting with Author Skye Fagrell

January 8th, 2022


Mequell and Adam are joined by author and goal setting expert Skye Fagrell who walks us through successful goal setting principles ..... aaaand then …

Ep. 60: Eliza Stapley - dating, marriage, pregnancy and grief

January 1st, 2022


Mequell and Adam are joined by Eliza Stapley a young married BYU student to talk about her own experience with mental illness and how it affected …

Ep. 59: Why People Stop Treatment

December 11th, 2021


Mequell and Adam discuss the top five reasons people stop treatment citing the NAMI study. Yeah figuring out the right treatment is hard. Yeah it takes time. Yeah there will be course corrections along the way. But yeah …

Ep. 58: Spencer Holt PhD - Anxiety in the Workplace

November 23rd, 2021


Mequell and Adam are joined by Spencer Holt PhD. Spencer is corporate business leader and executive coach who teaches and trains CEOs and business …

Ep. 57: Dr Joel Beckstead - More on Vulnerability

November 5th, 2021


Mequell and Adam are joined by clinical psychologist Dr. Joel Beckstead to discuss more in depth about how to be vulnerable in a healthy way. He …

Ep. 56: How to Deal with Haters

October 22nd, 2021


Mequell and Adam answer some listener questions and situations about how to handle all the "critics" in your life. You know, the ones who tell you to choose to be happy or try harder to cure your mental illness. 'insert …

Ep. 55: Men and Depression - Ryan Wynder, LMFT

October 15th, 2021


Mequell and Adam are joined by The Vegas Therapist Ryan Wynder, LMFT for a discussion about the specific challenges that can be faced by men when …

Ep. 54: Mark Bell, LMFT Creating emotional connections with those who struggle

October 1st, 2021


Mequell and Adam follow up on the discussion with Mark Bell LMFT who joined us a few episodes ago about sexual and emotional intimacy with …

Ep. 53: Losing someone to Suicide - Amanda Merrill

September 19th, 2021


Mequell and Adam are joined by Amanda Merrill who lost her AMAZING brother Todd to suicide. She dispels some misconceptions people may have about those who lose their life this way and also generously provides insights, …

Ep. 52: Mental Illness and Sexual Intimacy

September 3rd, 2021


Mequell and Adam are joined by licensed marriage and family therapist Mark Bell who is a sex addiction specialist to discuss the topic of how mental illness can affect sexual intimacy. They answer listeners questions …

Ep. 51: NAMI study

August 27th, 2021


Mequell and Adam discuss the recently published NAMI study (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and the differences between what those with mental …

Ep. 50: Supplements and Medication

August 20th, 2021


Mequell and Adam start Season 3 with a discussion about how supplements can affect medication answering the question "What in the heck happened in …

Ep. 49: The Depression Cycle

July 23rd, 2021


Mequell and Adam talk about how mental illness and depression are not a static thing. It's a constant balancing act to regulate and manage your …

Ep. 48: What to say after a suicide attempt

July 2nd, 2021


Mequell and Adam discuss how to show love and support to somebody after a suicide attempt including both what to say and also what not to say. PS this episode was really hard to record and made us cry

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Ep. 47: ADA and Mental Illness in the Workplace

June 25th, 2021


Mequell and Adam have a lawyerly discussion from Adams side and a practical discussion from Mequells side about things to do to succeed at work and the protections offered to those with mental illness by the ADA. Give …

Ep: 46 The Downside of Mania

June 25th, 2021


Mequell and Adam discuss the difficulties of mania. Even though the extra energy feels AHmazing the distorted thinking makes it very difficult to …

Ep. 45: Mania vs. Hypomania

June 11th, 2021


Mequell and Adam discuss the differences between mania and hypomania and how to spot and manage triggers

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Ep. 44: Recognizing Mania - Kendra Karren

May 28th, 2021


Kendra Karren joins Mequell and Adam to discuss how to recognize mania, her diagnosis of Bipolar Type 1 and things that she's learned along the way.

Ep. 43: Darlyn Remington - Mental Health Advocate

May 21st, 2021


Mental Health Advocate Darlyn Remington join Mequell and Adam for Mental Health Awareness Month to discuss ways to be a strong advocate for mental illness warriors

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Ep. 42: Working through parent/teen challenges

May 7th, 2021


Mequell and Adam discuss the additional difficulties mental illness can create when helping your teen and offer ideas to come out of it with your …

Ep. 41: Meet the Family - Family and Sibling Relationships

May 1st, 2021


The whole family joins Adam and Mequell to talk about the importance of sibling relationships and how to work through difficulties when dealing with …

Ep. 40: 6 Misconceptions about Mental Illness

April 17th, 2021


Mequell and Adam discuss 6 common misconceptions about mental illness referencing NAMI and St. Lucie Mental Health Hospital

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Ep. 39: Mike Rognlien - Under Complicating and mental health in the corporate world

April 9th, 2021


Mike joins Adam and Mequell to discuss the importance of Under Complicating in your life. Mike was one of the founding members of the L&D team at Facebook. He shares his unique message that success in the corporate …

Ep. 38: Debbie Plotnick - Mental Health America

April 2nd, 2021


Vice President for State and Federal Advocacy at Mental Health America; Debbie Plotnick joins Mequell and Adam on this weeks episode. In addition to sharing her experiences with mental illness from her own family she …

Ep. 37: Adrienne St. Clair - In Patient Treatment Facilities

March 27th, 2021


Adrienne St. Clair, journalist and podcaster joins Mequell and Adam to share her experience being admitted to an in patient facility and how the key is to never give up when things are dark because brighter days are …

Ep. 36: Dr. Henry Schulte, Psychiatrist

March 19th, 2021


Psychiatrist Dr. Henry Schulte joins Mequell and Adam and answers many questions about when to consult a psychiatrist and shares his knowledge about …

Ep. 35: Paula Fontenelle, therapist - Grief after suicide

March 12th, 2021


Therapist Paula Fontenelle joins Mequell and Adam to discuss the complicated grief that comes after losing a loved one to suicide. Paula's many …

Ep. 34: What to do at rock bottom

March 5th, 2021


Mequell and Adam discuss what steps to take when you are at rock bottom


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Ep. 33: Q&A with Adam

February 26th, 2021


Mequell poses questions to Adam about his beliefs and experiences growing up and now about mental illness


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Ep. 32: Q&A with Mequell

February 19th, 2021


Mequell answers multiple questions from listeners and discusses them with Adam


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Ep. 31: Mental Illness and Faith

February 12th, 2021


Mequell and Adam talk about how mental illness can affect your faith and the connection you feel with God


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Ep. 30: Schizophrenia - Ty Anderson

February 5th, 2021


Mequell and Adam visit with guest Ty Anderson about his experience and journey with schizoaffective disorder


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Ep. 29: Growing up around mental illness - Max Buck

January 29th, 2021


Mequell and Adams oldest son Max joins them for a discussion about the challenges and also the benefits of growing up in a home with mental illness …

Ep. 28: Addiction - Cara Jones

January 22nd, 2021


Cara Jones joins Mequell and Adam to share her story of how mental illness and perfectionism drove her to try and find relief through addiction.


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Ep. 27: How to be an Effective Cheerleader

January 15th, 2021


Mequell and Adam discuss the specific things that cheerleaders can do to help mental illness warriors lift the weight.


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Ep. 26: Warriors and Cheerleaders

January 8th, 2021


Mequell and Adam begin Season 2 discussing the strength of mental illness warriors and how others can be cheerleaders


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P.P.S. Using music to help you cope with mental illness

December 23rd, 2020


Mequell and Adam answer a listeners question about what music she listens to and how it helps.


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Season 1 P.S.

December 8th, 2020


Mequell and Adam answer a few listener questions they've received during the break


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Ep. 25: 5 Tips for the Holidays

November 20th, 2020


Mequell and Adam wrap up Season 1 and discuss tips to simplify the holiday season and keep your mental health intact. Happy Holidays!


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Ep. 24: Skye Fagrell

November 13th, 2020


Author Skye Fagrell joins Mequell and Adam for a discussion about how physical and intellectual fitness relate to mental fitness and health


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Ep. 23: Charting and medication cost management

November 6th, 2020


Mequell and Adam discuss charting in more detail and how to most effectively manage the cost of medications


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Ep. 22: Mark Bell, LMFT

October 30th, 2020


Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Mark Bell joins Mequell and Adam for a discussion around addiction.


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Ep. 21: Dangers of Perfectionism

October 23rd, 2020


Mequell and Adam discuss how perfectionism can be detrimental to your mental health. 


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Ep. 20: 10 Tips for Spouses

October 16th, 2020


Adam shares 10 things he's learned over the years as they've lived with mental illness.  No one starts off getting it.


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Ep. 19: Energy Budget for College Students: Ella Buck

October 9th, 2020


Mequell and Adam catch up with Ella as she shares how she's managed her time and energy living away at college so she doesn't get overspent.


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Ep. 18: When to get help

October 2nd, 2020


Mequell and Adam discuss the question of when to get professional help if you're experiencing symptoms and what that help would look like


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Ep. 17: Managing Expectations

September 25th, 2020


Mequell  and Adam talk about how expectations can contribute to feeling like a burden and how to combat that


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Ep. 16: Choosing to be vulnerable

September 17th, 2020


Mequell and Adam discuss her decision to be vulnerable by writing a book and the rewards that have come from that through creating connections 


Ep. 15: Movie Review - Words on Bathroom Walls

September 11th, 2020


Mequell and Adam discuss talking points about a newly released movie about mental illness: Words on Bathroom Walls which happens to be her all-time favorite.


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Ep. 14: Preventing Suicide

September 4th, 2020


Mequell and Adam discuss the two leading factors that contribute to suicide and how to combat them.


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Ep. 13: Dr. Joel Beckstead

August 28th, 2020


Clinical psychologist Dr. Joel Beckstead joins Mequell and Adam to discuss the number one health care crisis in America.


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Ep. 12: Having a good psychologist on your team

August 21st, 2020


Mequell and Adam discuss the role of a good psychologist and how they differ from psychiatrists.


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Ep. 11: Fundamentals of success

August 14th, 2020


Mequell and Adam discuss the importance of controlling the fundamentals in order to maximize stability in managing mental illness


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Ep. 10: Being flexible with your teen

August 7th, 2020


Mequell and Adam discuss the importance of being flexible with education options for your teens


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Ep. 9: Sam Buck: Coping strategies and communication tips for teens

July 30th, 2020


Our son Sam joins us and shares his experience in learning to communicate and discusses how technology helped him when he was at his lowest. 


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Ep. 8: Tips for protecting relationships

July 24th, 2020


Mental illness is often misunderstood and can sometimes put a strain on relationships. Mequell and Adam share a few tips they have learned over 24 years of marriage to help you protect your relationships and stay …

Ep. 7: Separating yourself from your symptoms: Ella Buck

July 17th, 2020


Our daughter Ella joins us to share her own experience with mental illness and her realization that she can separate herself from her symptoms.


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Ep. 6: Fine tuning meds like nobody's business

July 10th, 2020


Mequell and Adam discuss what the process of finding the right medication combination looks like in real life


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Ep. 5: Sifting through treatment options . . . and why I use medication

July 3rd, 2020


Mequell and Adam discuss the many different treatment options available and all of Mequell's many experiences with them before finally settling on treating her mental illness with medication.


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Ep. 4: The art of saying no (without looking like a jerk)

June 26th, 2020


Mequell and Adam discuss ways to manage your time and energy to work around mental illness and avoid burn out.


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Ep. 3: Suicide -- It's not what you think

June 23rd, 2020


Mequell shares insights from her own life as they discuss how to understand and prevent suicide.


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Ep. 1: What's the deal with this podcast?

June 21st, 2020


Mequell and Adam introduce themselves and the podcast. 


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Ep. 2: What is mental illness?. . . asking for a friend

June 21st, 2020


Mequell and Adam explain what mental illness is and how to be a good friend to someone struggling.


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