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Mental Horizons Podcast
Mental Horizons Podcast
Empowered mental health: optimistic conversations about the treatment of serious mental health concerns such as schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, and OCD.
Nov 23, 2020
S3Ep4: Delia Cimpean Hendrick, M.D - Co-Occurring Mental Health And Substance Use Disorders
Season 3, Episode 4 of the Mental Horizons Podcast with Delia Cimpean Hendrick, M.D., WestBridge, Manchester, NH. "Achieving Excellence in the Treatment of Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder" World renowned Delia Cimpean Hendrick, M.D. joins Virgil Stucker on a Mental Horizons podcast to discuss how to achieve excellence in the treatment of co-occurring mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Triple Boarded in psychiatry, addictions and internal medicine, Dr. Delia helps us to envision solutions, in which she has experience as the medical director of WestBridge.org. Learn also how she leads the field in integrating physical health care into their model of comprehensive treatment. Our podcast is now in its third season with over 10,000 vews. Our objective is to bring you conversations with solution-oriented mental health leaders. Please email us if you are, or know, such leaders who would like to be interviewed to Virgil@VirgilStuckerandAssociates.com. Please remember as well to review our solution-oriented book, found on Amazon: A Family Guide to Mental Health Recovery: What You Need to Know from Day One.
Sep 24, 2020
S3EP3: Creative Psychiatry with Rocco Marotta - Learn About the Benefits of Oxytocin for Psychosis
Guest: ROCCO MAROTTA, M.D., Ph.D., Silver Hill Hospital, New Canaan CT. Dr. Marotta - “Rocky” - is one of the most compassionate, committed, and creative psychiatrists we have known. He is a leader at Silver Hill Hospital in CT. Our Mental Horizons podcast explores his innovative work and gives insight into what has driven him for decades to help some of the most vulnerable in society. In particular we discuss how use of oxytocin, the ‘love’ hormone, can help people with psychosis.
Jul 14, 2020
S3EP2: Pandemic-Adapted Legal Remedies To Optimize Mental Health Treatment With Lisa Cukier, Esq.
We are joined by attorney Lisa Cukier, Esq., partner at Burns & Levinson, LLC, who is guiding families to innovative and compassionate short and long-term legal solutions for mental health treatment and recovery during these waves of coronavirus.
Jun 2, 2020
S3EP1: Organizations Persevering During The COVID - 19 Crisis
This is the first episode of season 3 of Mental Horizons Podcast. In this episode, we learn how residential therapeutic communities may be some of the safest, most effective places for mental health recovery during this fearful time of the COVID-19 crisis and civil unrest. Our guests are Lisanne Finston, leader of Gould Farm in MA, America’s Oldest therapeutic community for individuals recovering from mental illness, Rochelle Rothwell, leader of Rose Hill Center in MI and Eric Levine, leader of the CooperRiis Healing Community in NC. Their nonprofit therapeutic communities are essential resources in mental health recovery, helping hundreds of individuals and families each year to achieve and sustain their highest levels of functioning and fulfillment in life.
Apr 4, 2020
S2EP15: Transform Zoom Fatigue and Energize Your Community with this Assessment Tool
Almost over night, most of us have joined both pop-up and professional online communities during this COVID-19 global pandemic. We thrive in community, because humans are meant to live and work in close relationship with others. But what happens when these virtual meetings miss their mark? In this episode of the Mental Horizons Podcast, Virgil describes the Healing Community Matrix tool he designed during his career in nonprofit leadership. It is a tool he has used many times in therapeutic communities to assess the health and wellbeing of its members and their experience of connection (or not) as part of that community.
Mar 27, 2020
S2EP14: COVID-19 and Trauma Resilience Strategies with Katie Mansfield
This special episode is part of our Mental Horizons podcast series responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and how it is impacting the world and, more specifically, the mental health field. Stephanie spoke with Katie Mansfield about trauma resilience in the face of immense stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. They discussed how to recognize trauma and the strategies one can cultivate to cope with adversity. Katie is lead trainer for the Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) program within Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding.
Mar 26, 2020
S2E13: How To Deliver Mental Health Support Remotely with Brad Richards
Brad Richards, psychiatric interventionist, returns to the podcast to share tips around how therapists and medical professionals can best deliver support through online and remote means. In this time of crisis, tele-health is scaling up rapidly, breaking down barriers to delivering care. How does one build connection and rapport across a video screen? Listen as Brad shared specific techniques and tools he uses in his own work to stay connected with clients.
Mar 24, 2020
S2E12: Life After COVID-19: What Organizations Need to Do Next with Brian Hansen
Virgil is joined on the podcast by Brian Hansen, executive director of Spring Lake Ranch. Brian is uniquely qualified to comment on what it takes for organizations and individuals to recover from a crisis or disaster. In this episode, he shared that while organizations are really good at scaling back during a crisis, it's what happens after the initial shock - the slow and careful return to normal life - that is critical to ongoing stability.
Mar 20, 2020
S2E11: Social Connectedness During a Global Crisis with Ross Ellenhorn, PhD
In a second conversation in this special series, Virgil spoke with Ross Ellenhorn, PhD, founder of Ellenhorn, a program based in Boston, NYC, and North Carolina. Their conversation opens with much-needed humor and they go on to discuss the responsibility residential programs have to keep their residents safe right now. In addition, Virgil and Dr. Ellenhorn discuss the following topics: Whether Ellenhorn is continuing with admissions - Focusing the therapeutic work on maintaining psychological health and stability - How crisis gets us to think more about the welfare of others - How having a common enemy (the virus) unites people - How social distancing is calling us to organize ourselves and actually behave in very socially connected ways - The way this pandemic is forcing the mental health field to innovate by offering increased tele-health care - How Dr. Ellenhorn's staff are pulling together using virtual meetups to support one another and their clients - And lastly, Dr. Ellenhorn describes how emergence - a term that describes how species act in a pattern to protect themselves and their most vulnerable - is occurring all around the world right now and we're "flying together in flock" more today than before this crisis
Mar 17, 2020
S2E10: COVID-19 and Residential Treatment Programs - a brief, special episode with Eric Levine, EdD
Virgil speaks with Eric Levine, EdD, Executive Director of CooperRiis Healing Community in North Carolina, about how residential treatment programs can best respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this short, special episode Eric talks about the importance of leaders exhibiting patience, courage, and kindness during difficult times in order to create and maintain a safe and healthy therapeutic community.
Feb 13, 2020
S2E9: Benedict Carey, NYTimes Science and Medical Writer, is Optimistic About Mental Health Recovery
This episode is with Benedict Carey, science and medical writer for the New York Times. Ben has been a science writer since his first job out of journalism school in 1987, writing for the San Francisco-based medical science magazine Hippocrates. For the New York Times Ben has published numerous articles about mental illness and is the author of the 2015 book, How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens. Scientific American reviewed his book, saying, “How We Learn is more than a new approach to learning; it is a guide to making the most out of life. Who wouldn’t be interested in that?” Among many awards, Ben was a recipient of the 2016 Erik Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media. He is a long-time friend of those who care about individuals with mental illness and has joined with them is seeking to find and report on emerging solutions. We first hear from Ben as a journalistic leader in the mental health field and then address…
Jan 26, 2020
S2E8: Your Disability Benefits with Sandra Warren, EDPNA
This episode is with Sandra Conway Warren. Sandra is a Board-Certified Patient Advocate and a Disability Representative and an experienced professional with advanced skills and knowledge for helping her clients navigate the complex system of mental health care. Sandra helps clients navigate the process of acquiring disability benefits from the Social Security Administration, provides assistance for clients applying for ABLE accounts or setting up special needs trust funds, and assists clients in applying for health insurance or appealing denied claims. Sandra is knowledgable about local, state, and federal social service agencies and is adept at helping clients negotiate with schools and universities, collection agencies, employers, and pharmaceutical companies. If all of that sounds overwhelming to you, you have struck on the exact reason why Sandra is passionate about her work and why we had her on the show! For seventeen years, Sandra has worked in the field of advocacy and becam…
Jan 21, 2020
S2E7: Nutrition, brain metabolism, and the root causes of mental illness with Georgia Ede, MD
Georgia Ede, MD is a Harvard-trained, board-certified psychiatrist specializing in nutrition science, brain metabolism, and mental health. She speaks internationally on dietary approaches to psychiatric disorders, the nutritional differences between plant and animal foods, Alzheimer’s prevention, public nutrition policy, and many other topics. She has nearly two decades of clinical experience including many years as a college psychiatrist and nutrition consultant at Harvard University Health Services and Smith College. Dr. Ede writes about food and the brain for Psychology Today, Diet Doctor, and her own website Diagnosis: Diet. She has also spoken at numerous conferences and TEDx Talks. Check out her popular talk, 'Our Descent into Madness: Modern Diets and the Global Mental Health Crisis'. Dr. Ede maintains a private practice in Massachusetts working with patients to address the root causes of mental health disorders and reduce the need for psychiatric medications by using pers…
1 hr 8 min
Jan 18, 2020
S2E6: OCD Expert Charles Brady, Ph.D.
This episode is with Dr. Charles Brady, Clinical Director of Outpatient Services and Staff Psychologist at the Lindner Center of HOPE in Ohio. He is also an OCD/CBT Psychotherapist and Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati’s Department of Psychiatry, where he has been for more than 25 years. Dr. Brady earned his Doctorate in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina and completed his post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He also has completed advanced training in the treatment of OCD and OCD-spectrum disorders through the Behavior Therapy Institute. Dr. Brady is Board Certified in Clinical Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. Brady is a regional expert in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder and has made numerous presentations regarding the treatment of OCD and anxiety disorders and we are so lucky to have him on the show today. Thr…
Jan 12, 2020
S2E5: Integrative Psychiatry, Eating Disorders, and Suicide Prevention with James Greenblatt, MD
This episode is with Dr. James Greenblatt. Dr. Greenblatt has been a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine for over 30 years, treating patients with complex behavioral and mood disorders since 1990. Early in his career, Dr. Greenblatt noticed the current treatment model in psychiatry relied solely upon symptom-based recommendations for medication with little consideration for the biochemical individuality or the underlying biological mechanisms. Dr. Greenblatt’s expertise in integrative medicine attracts patients from all across the world seeking consultations for complex mood, behavioral, and eating disorders. Dr. Greenblatt has published multiple books, sharing his clinical experience treating complex mood and eating disorders utilizing an integrative approach. We will link to his books and other resources in the blog post that will accompany this podcast episode. Dr. Greenblatt currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer at Walden Behavioral Care in Waltham, MA and se…
Jan 7, 2020
S2E4: Being psychotic is not a crime | Pete Earley, celebrated author and father, is taking action.
The fourth episode of the second season of our podcast is with Pete Earley. Pete is a storyteller and has written a total of 17 books including 4 New York Times bestsellers. His books include the 2007 Pulitzer Prize finalist Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness. After a 14-year career in journalism, including six years at The Washington Post, Pete became a full-time author. When Pete’s life was turned upside down by the events recounted in his book Crazy, he joined the National Alliance on Mental Illness to advocate for strong mental health reform on the public stage and now rallies against the troubled mental health systems and for the mentally ill. His blog at peteearley.com attracts thousands of readers every week and is a vast resource for parents supporting a child with a mental illness.
Jan 1, 2020
S2E2: Battling an eating disorder with Eliza Lanzillo: survivor, advocate, and PhD candidate.
This episode is with Eliza Lanzillo. Eliza is passionate about psychology and is an outspoken advocate for prioritizing mental health on college campuses. Today she is going to be speaking with us about her own experience with an eating disorder. How it all started for her, what her recovery journey has been like, and more about her current work and how she stays well. Eliza is currently pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology at Catholic University, she worked as a research fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health, and for her undergrad degree in psychology, she studied at Brown University in Rhode Island. During her time at Brown, Eliza served as President of their chapter of Active Minds and served as a student advisor to Zencare.co, a listing of peer-recommended therapists modernizing the therapist search process. Along with being a PhD student, today Eliza is the Program Director of Advocacy Initiatives for Hynes Recovery Services (HRS), an organization with a mission to…
Jan 1, 2020
S2E3: On Conquering Schizophrenia with author and therapist Robert Francis
This episode is with author and therapist, Robert Francis. Robert has been a therapist for over 12 years and recently published a book titled, “On Conquering Schizophrenia: From the Desk of a Therapist and Survivor”. In his book, Mr. Francis, which is a pen name, details how at the age of 22 he was diagnosed, after graduating from college, with paranoid schizophrenia. This book is a first-person account of Robert’s own recovery and his reflections on what it means to be an effective therapist as someone who has recovered from schizophrenia and is a now licensed clinical social worker.
Dec 30, 2019
S2E1: Welcome to Season 2! A conversation with host, Virgil Stucker.
Welcome to Season 2 of the Mental Horizons podcast! In this opening episode for our new season, Stephanie turns the tables and interviews Virgil. Listen to the episode to learn more about who Virgil, the show's main host, is and what professional and personal paths led him to his current work as president and founder of Virgil Stucker and Associates, LLC.
Nov 21, 2019
EP15: Psychiatric Advance Directives with Bebe Smith, LCSW
Episode 15 of the Mental Horizons Podcast was with Bebe Smith, MSW, LCSW and the topic is Psychiatric Advance Directives. Bebe is director of mental health and coordinator of the North Carolina Evidence Based Practices Center at Southern Regional Area Health Education Center, part of the North Carolina AHEC system. She is also project coordinator for the Crisis Navigation Project, a collaboration between SR-AHEC, Duke University Medical Center, and NAMI-NC to promote the use of psychiatric advance directives. Prior to joining SR-AHEC, she worked for 21 years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Department of Psychiatry and the School of Social Work. She has taught mental health professionals from multiple disciplines in clinical and academic settings. Her clinical work has focused on providing humane and evidence-based treatment and services to persons who live with schizophrenia and other severe mental illnesses. In 2005, she helped develop OASIS, the first ear…
Nov 4, 2019
EP14: Psychiatric Interventionist or Psychiatric Preventionist? With Brad Richards.
Episode 14 is with Bradley Richards. Brad is a skilled and sensitive psychiatric and behavior interventionist and care navigator. He enters crisis situations, quickly grasping and understanding the facts in a way that allows him to re-frame and help those involved to begin moving the crisis to a place of calm and clarity. What Brad does goes by many names: care navigator, care manager, behavioral analyst, psychiatric interventionist. But what Brad prefers to be called is a Psychiatric Interventionist! Brad creates alliances with individuals and family members dealing with the impact of mental disorders, autism, and substance abuse and helps to move the person needing care (literally providing transport services when needed) into appropriate services. Brad has a support team of 20 mental health professionals and coaches and works nationally with a broad professional network to help families achieve desired outcomes. As Founder and President at Brad Richards Inc., Brad works as an adv…
Oct 29, 2019
EP13: Mental Illness & Faith Communities with Matthew Stanford, PhD
Episode 13 is with Dr. Matthew Stanford, CEO of the Hope and Healing Center & Institute in Houston, TX and adjunct professor of psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine and Houston Methodist Hospital Institute for Academic Medicine. Dr. Stanford’s research on the interplay between psychology and issues of faith has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, Christianity Today, and U.S. News & World Report. Dr. Stanford earned his doctoral degree in behavioral neuroscience at Baylor University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Professionally he has worked with a variety of clients with mental illness, including those with aggression, personality disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance dependence, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. As director of the Hope and Healing Center and Institute, he conducts training seminars and serves individuals living with mental illness and their families. He is the autho…
1 hr 1 min
Sep 30, 2019
EP12: Legal Remedies for Long-Term Mental Health Planning with Debra Rahmin Silberstein, Esq, PhD
Episode 12 is with Attorney Debra Rahmin Silberstein, Partner at Burns & Levinson LLP in Boston. Attorney Silberstein specializes in trusts and estates, tax-related matters and elder law planning. Debra has extensive experience working with families where mental health planning is a priority and uses creative techniques to assist clients in reaching their goals. Debra is a graduate of Syracuse University where she earned a B.A. in Economics and obtained her J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law in 1984. Debra then obtained a Ph.D. in Social Policy from the Heller School at Brandeis University in August 2009. Debra has over twenty-five years of legal experience and is an active member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and was the 2018 recipient of the Powley Elder Law Award. Today she is going to be talking with us about legal remedies for families coping with long term mental health issues. She is going to speak about alternatives to guardianship as well as other topics. Th…
Sep 18, 2019
EP11: Legal Remedies to Mitigate Mental Health Crises with Lisa Cukier, JD
Episode 11 is with Lisa Cukier, Partner at Burns & Levinson in Boston where Lisa is also a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. This show is part one of a 2-part podcast series. In part 1, Lisa will talk to us about legal remedies in mental health crises and in part two, Debra Rahmin Silberstein, also a partner at Burns & Levinson, will talk about legal remedies in long term mental health planning. Lisa Cukier splits her practice between high conflict divorces and high profile trusts and estate litigation and is on the show today because she is well-known for her ability to handle the toughest of cases and is particularly skilled at handling sensitive matters where mental health is concerned. Lisa’s practice also includes handling complex child custody, parentage issues, blended family issues, adoption, and guardianship and conservatorship. She received her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School and her B.A. from Northeastern University and was a 2018 Women Worth Watching a…
1 hr 1 min
Sep 5, 2019
EP10: Nutritional Psychiatry: Ketogenic Diet, Bipolar Disorder & Schizophrenia with Chris Palmer, MD
In episode 10 of our Mental Horizons Podcast, Dr. Chris Palmer introduces us to the growing field of nutritional psychiatry. Dr. Palmer is a graduate of Washington University School of Medicine and completed his internship and psychiatry residency at McLean Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard Medical School. He is currently the director of the Department of Postgraduate and Continuing Education at McLean and is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Palmer has a private practice near Boston where he focuses on, “the interface of mental health and metabolic disorders”. His website is a great resource for anyone interested in this topic. Dr. Palmer is also a researcher and is the author and co-author of numerous published studies. This summer, he published an article in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry titled, “Diets and Disorders: Can Foods or Fasting Be Considered Psychopharmacological Therapies?” and his work with the k…
1 hr 15 min
Aug 30, 2019
EP9: The Fear of Hope with Ross Ellenhorn, Ph.D.
Ross is trained as a sociologist, psychotherapist, and social worker and specializes in the integration of psychology and sociology. These two disciplines are typically rigidly separated in academia and as such, psychiatric problems are usually understood -- and treated -- only as psychological phenomena. In contrast, Ross views psychiatric disorders through a unique psychosocial lens. For over 20 years, he has been helping individuals suffering psychiatric symptoms to find the psychological and social means for remaining outside of institutional settings. He is the CEO and founder of Ellenhorn, the first fully-operating intensive hospital diversion and wrap-around program in Massachusetts. Ross also created and led one of the first Programs for Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) teams in the Commonwealth. Dr. Ellenhorn is a published author and his 2007 book, Parasuicidality and Paradox: Breaking Through the Medical Model, addresses psychiatric hospital recidivism and techniques f…
1 hr 1 min
Aug 5, 2019
EP8: Authentic Relationship in Therapy with Eric Plakun, MD, of Austen Riggs Center
A conversation with Dr. Eric Plakun. Dr. Plakun, the medical director and CEO of Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Austen Riggs just celebrated its 100th year! Austen Riggs is a therapeutic community, open psychiatric hospital, and center for education and research, promoting resilience and self-direction in adults with complex psychiatric problems. Dr. Plakun graduated from Hofstra University and received an MD from the Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons and completed his psychiatry residency at Dartmouth and a Fellowship in Psychoanalytic Studies at Austen Riggs. Dr. Plakun is a board-certified psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, researcher, and forensic psychiatrist. He is the editor and author of close to fifty articles and book chapters on the diagnosis, treatment, longitudinal course, and outcome of patients with borderline personality disorder and treatment-resistant disorders. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and on t…
Jul 17, 2019
EP7: Vocation & Vulnerability: Lisanne Finston, Executive Director of Gould Farm
Lisanne Finston is the Executive Director of Gould Farm, the oldest therapeutic farm community in the U.S., founded in 1913. Prior to this, she spent 20 years serving as Executive Director of an innovative anti-hunger organization serving people with mental health and addiction challenges in New Jersey. Virgil speaks with Lisanne about how she came to this work and how her studies in divinity and social work have shaped her leadership. Virgil and Lisanne will also discuss what Gould Farm is and where Lisanne sees the mental health field headed.
Jul 11, 2019
EP6: Elyn Saks: "In solidarity, with pride, and without shame".
Virgil speaks with Dr. Elyn Saks, J.D., Ph.D. Among many things, Dr. Saks is a scholar, a mental health lawyer, an author, a Macarthur Fellow, a professor, and a life-long advocate for improving mental health care. She is a graduate of Oxford University, where she studied philosophy, she is also a graduate of Yale University where she earned her Juris-doctorate degree and is currently completing a Ph. D. in psychoanalysis. In 2002, Dr. Saks published the book, Refusing Care: Forced Treatment and the Rights of the Mentally Ill, in which she wrote, “It has been said that how a society treats its least well-off members speaks volumes about its humanity. If so, our treatment of the mentally ill suggests that American society is inhumane: swinging between over-intervention and utter neglect, we sometimes force extreme treatments on those who do not want them, and at other times discharge mentally ill patients who do want treatment without providing adequate resources for their care in…
Jul 3, 2019
EP4: The Moral Treatment Movement with Steve Sharfstein, M.D.
In this episode, Virgil had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Steve Sharfstein about the history of the moral treatment movement. Dr. Sharfstein is the former longtime CEO and President of the Sheppard Pratt Health Systems and former president of the American Psychiatric Association. Virgil asked Dr. Sharfstein questions such as, “What was the moral treatment movement, in what ways did it succeed, why did it fail, and how does it still impact the treatment field today?”
Jun 27, 2019
EP5: Integrated Psychiatric Care with guest Dominic Sisti, Ph. D.
An hour-long conversation with Dominic A. Sisti, Ph.D., Director of The Scattergood Program for Applied Ethics of Behavioral Health Care and Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Virgil and Dr. Sisti discuss conceptual parity: the realization that there is no health without mental health, how the field of psychiatry has been alienated from the rest of the medical field to everyone's detriment, and how the integration of mental health with overall health will improve outcomes for adults with mental illness.
May 15, 2019
Ep1 - PACT programs with Chloe Pedalino, LICSW
The Food for Thought Mental Health Webcast with Virgil Stucker. Episode #1 is with guest Chloe Pedalino, LICSW, discussing PACT: Multidisciplinary Support for People with Mental Illness
May 15, 2019
Episode 3 - Health Insurance and Residential Treatment - With Guest Scott Leshin
The question, "Why won't health insurance cover residential treatment?" is a question many families are asking, and getting no answer for. Scott Leshin, Founder and CEO of SJ Health Insurance Advocates, has experienced firsthand the exhausting process of fighting health insurance denials. It was out of his own personal experience that he started SJ Health Insurance Advocates, where every day he and his staff help dozens of families doggedly pursue reimbursement for life-saving treatment; care that health insurance companies do not deem medically necessary. And why is that? Virgil will delve into this question, and more, and try to unpack a seemingly simple question made very complex by a constantly shifting healthcare landscape.
May 15, 2019
Episode 2 - Advocating For The Voiceless - A Conversation With Tom Starling
In this podcast, Virgil Stucker speaks with guest, Tom Starling, Ed. D. Tom is the CEO of Mental Health America (MHA) Middle-Tennessee and is the board chair of Mental Health America. Virgil and Tom will be discussing how advocacy organizations, in general, play a role in supporting families and individuals dealing with mental illness. Virgil and Tom will also talk about what experiences led Tom to the roles he is in today.