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Mequell Buck: Thriving with Mental Illness

Mequell Buck: Thriving with Mental Illness

By Mequell Buck

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

Mequell Buck: Thriving with Mental IllnessMar 12, 2021

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Ep. 87 - How Medication Affects Dreams

Ep. 87 - How Medication Affects Dreams

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 the quality of the dreaming and your ability to recollect them in the morning. Bad news: these types of meds usually cause nightmares AND make you to remember them in detail. Good news: the nightmares aren't real life but sometimes the leftover emotions from them are.   Very Well Mind Article Good Rx Article Mental Illness Warrior Website
Mar 15, 202331:35
Ep. 86 - Flexibility prevents Suicide: Know What's What

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

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. Warriors need to be surrounded by awesome cheerleaders who love them but the way to truly help isn't giving a pep talk in how to be mentally stronger because those living with mental illness every freaking day are the strongest people you will ever meet! Being an awesome cheerleader means brainstorming together ways to actually change circumstances so the weight can be lifted. Know What's What!  They also give a sneak peek on all of the Ah-MA-zing merch coming soon to mentalillnesswarrior.com   Meme of the week by Jon @ArfMeasures and reposted by @bipolar_2_life
Mar 02, 202334:31
Ep. 85 - Guess What? I still have Mental Illness. Surprise!!!

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

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 MAD skills she's totally cured (none of which are true). Mental Illness does not go away, it must be managed. Forever. Until you die. Sounds dire yes, but with aforementioned mad skills, life can still be full and happy but you just might be spending a little more time in your pajamas than you previously anticipated.  And in case you're wondering about the song reference, check out Sam Fischer "Carry It Well" Meme of the Week credit to: @ramblinma https://mentalillnesswarrior.com/
Feb 15, 202335:02
Ep. 84 - BIG NEWS: Announcing the launching of the Mental Illness Warrior website

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

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. https://www.mentalillnesswarrior.com/
Feb 04, 202323:29
Ep. 83 - Jen Hilderbrand: HOPE Mental Health Foundation

Ep. 83 - Jen Hilderbrand: HOPE Mental Health Foundation

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. Jen got started in this incredible work because of her own personal experience and the change she saw in her own life when she was able to do the hard work of therapy guided by a great counselor. There is no substitute for tools that are gained through the therapy process. Jen believes everybody deserves that chance. "Pick a therapist, do the work and go get your life back."  Instagram: @hope_gives https://hopefoundationgives.org/
Feb 02, 202345:20
Ep. 82 - Mental Illness and why goal setting is MAD stressful

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

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 setting of healthy, realistic goals for your mental illness warrior.  
Jan 23, 202339:20
Ep. 81 - Kelsey Williams - Pregnancy and Being a Young Mom

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

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 experience through college, as a newlywed, pregnancies and being a young mom while working with medications, psychiatrists and counseling. She has put in a tremendous amount of work and has some brilliant advice for others in her stage of life. I especially love the advice from her excellent counselor to do something in these five areas each day: 1-physical,  2-emotional, 3-sexual, 4-intellectual and 5-connection. Well done Kelsey! 
Jan 14, 202353:46
Ep. 80: Crystal Bowman, LMFT - The Importance of Evolving as a Parent

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

Mequell and Adam are joined by licensed marriage and family therapist Crystal Bowman for a discussion about the importance of evolving as a parent and allowing room for growth. Parenting is always a challenge but even more so when our children are working through their own mental health and mental illness issues. They address some listener questions about the rise in popularity of labeling common challenges in relationships as toxic or traumatic and how we can love and support our children from afar when they distance themselves. Arizona Family Institute
Dec 03, 202254:00
Ep. 79 - Balancing Extended Family Relationships and Obligations

Ep. 79 - Balancing Extended Family Relationships and Obligations

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 when it's with people we love (hopefully ;)  Listen in for ideas on how to avoid 'stepping in it' and yes, it's from stories and experiences that we did in fact step in over the years. Perfect timing before the holiday season!
Nov 12, 202240:40
Ep. 78 - Quentin Brown (Clinical Psychologist) on LGBTQ+ suicide

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

Mequell and Adam are joined by Clinical Psychologist Quentin Brown for a fascinating discussion on specific issues LGBTQ+ individuals face and why suicide statistics are four times higher in this demographic. He shares his own experience of coming out as a gay man and experiencing suicidal ideation and thoughts for the first time. Most importantly he shares how we can help, support and hopefully prevent these individuals from experiencing loneliness and hopelessness by letting them know you belong here exactly where you are and exactly the way you are.
Oct 23, 202237:09
Ep. 77 - Why Peer Support is Vital for Our Kids: Sam Buck

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

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 teens and why peers provide a support role that can't be filled by parents. He shares his own experiences and offers ideas on how to be the best freakin friend ever and what to do if going to your parents is not a realistic option.  And yeah, you're all gonna want to be his best friend after listening to this. 
Oct 15, 202249:13
Ep. 76 - I. AM. NOT. O.K !!!

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

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 some research and ideas to cope when ruminating thoughts truly don't have a solution and your brain will. not. shut. up. about. it.
Oct 07, 202234:17
Ep. 75 - 988 Suicide Crisis Hotline

Ep. 75 - 988 Suicide Crisis Hotline

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 also send a huge shout out to ALL of the cheerleaders and warriors in the mental health world working to make it a safer and more supportive space.
Jul 21, 202228:49
Ep. 74: Katie Clark, BCBA

Ep. 74: Katie Clark, BCBA

Mequell and Adam are joined by Katie Clark, founder of Peak Behavioral Consulting and Board Certified Behavioral Analyst (BCBA). Katie has years of experience in studying what she calls "the science that backs all the other sciences" which is essentially gathering, tracking and analyzing behaviors and why we do them. Mequell was geeking out the entire episode because tracking and analyzing data was the catalyst in figuring out her own mental illness and Katie is the only person who's ever been as excited about it as she is. Katies insight is invaluable and madly applicable in the world of mental illness both for us and for our kiddos. Katie is brilliant, hilarious and also uses cool vocabulary words like maladaptive and antecedent. Oh and she also doesn't like big birthday parties... Website www.peakbehavior.com Instagram @peak_behavior
Jun 27, 202247:48
Ep. 73 - Crystal Partney, CEO Scattering Hope

Ep. 73 - Crystal Partney, CEO Scattering Hope

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 talks about the heart and soul behind her work. She is hosting a virtual summit July 11 - 24 featuring so many speakers addressing so many aspects of healing! Y'all go listen cuz it's gonna be awesome! She also founded a sister organization Owl and Thistle offering ways to support and love to prevent suicide. www.scatteringhope.com www.owlandthistle.com Instagram: @scattering.hope Meme of the week brought to you by: Instagram: @bipolar_2_life     
Jun 20, 202234:35
Ep. 72: Katey McPherson - Youth Mental Health Advocate

Ep. 72: Katey McPherson - Youth Mental Health Advocate

www.kateymcpherson.com @kateyaz1 Mequell and Adam are joined by youth mental health advocate Katey McPherson. Katey has over 25 years experience as a teacher, guidance counselor and school administrator. She joins us for a discussion around helping our youth with coping, connectivity and ultimately keeping them safe with the rash of suicides and violence we are seeing. She offers real solutions in how to become trusted adults and steps to take in building resources within our community.
Jun 15, 202245:03
Ep. 71 Jessica Westover, LMFT - Healthy Family Relationships

Ep. 71 Jessica Westover, LMFT - Healthy Family Relationships

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 breaks or "giving it a minute" as Mequell always likes to say :)
Jun 05, 202243:02
Ep. 70: The Good, the Bad and the Manic - How to Help

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

Mequell and Adam answer a listener question of how to recognize the different stages of mania and what you can do to help.
May 31, 202241:02
Ep. 69: Angry Gary - Personality Changes

Ep. 69: Angry Gary - Personality Changes

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 depression) that is not your warriors true self. This doesn't mean that medication doesn't work or isn't worth taking. All this means is there is still a little more work to do to get them back to their very best selves.  
May 17, 202223:55
Ep. 68: Boundaries - Jeni Gessel MCMH-LAC

Ep. 68: Boundaries - Jeni Gessel MCMH-LAC

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 mental illness keeping relationships healthy is the most important thing we can do. 
Apr 25, 202249:14
Ep. 67: Cheri Johnson OCD - Using good habits to cope

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

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 also shares principles of good habits, nutrition and exercise that have helped her cope.
Apr 18, 202254:32
Ep. 66: What If It's Your Husband?

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

Mequell and Adam respond to a listener question of how to handle things when the situation is reversed and the husband (and sometimes primary provider) is the one who struggles with mental illness. There are a whole different range of feelings, challenges and hurdles when figuring out how to provide for and support your family in all the ways when traditional roles might need to be reexamined. They are joined by Laura, a beloved listener,  who graciously shares her own experience with her husband who deals with mental illness and the difficult journey that has brought them to the happy place they are now. Laura is oh so wise and inspirational!
Apr 09, 202232:42
Ep. 65: Emotional Support Animals

Ep. 65: Emotional Support Animals

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 Cons: lady pants and extra responsibility when you're down Would we recommend? Still yes   
Mar 26, 202232:58
Ep. 64: Choosing your Child not Expectations

Ep. 64: Choosing your Child not Expectations

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 them alive but the question becomes "How do I balance expectations in helping my child progress while still ensuring their safety?" Obviously a complicated question which requires the professional help of great psychiatrists and psychologists. Mequell and Adam discuss things that helped them navigate this time period with Sam in particular and how they relied heavily on the guidance of Sams psychiatrist which was to set all expectations aside just for a minute and give Sam a chance to stabilize. This advice was exactly opposite of all the parenting advice they got from everywhere else but when dealing with mental illness and teens sometimes traditionally great parenting advice ends up actually being the worst advice. Bonus info: Sam shared tips from his own perspective on how parents can help their teens most effectively. (Go back and listen to Episodes 9 and 10 for more background on Sams situation and why his current advice is actually quite brilliant!) 
Feb 26, 202233:52
Ep. 63: 3 Steps to becoming a better Cheerleader

Ep. 63: 3 Steps to becoming a better Cheerleader

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  cheerleader to the mental illness warriors. Everybody starts off as a remedial hero and learns through both education and proper tools and also from stepping in it along the way. All it takes to become a great support person though is a desire to do so and a willingness to learn. Here are 3 simple things to do today to become a better cheerleader for your warrior. xoxoxo
Feb 11, 202230:20
Ep. 62: Sam Stapley - supporting a partner with mental illness

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

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 tools and communication learned through therapy have been for both of them. We say all the time how mental illness has made both our marriage and our lives better and Sam confirms that he and Eliza have had the same experience. Having mental illness is a hard thing in a relationship it's true but Sam shares that not only is their marriage much stronger but he is a better human being after going through this experience with Eliza. Get yourself a man like Sam! (or a man like Adam, you're great too babe ;)
Jan 15, 202246:20
Ep. 61: (Anti-Anxiety) Goal Setting with Author Skye Fagrell

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

Mequell and Adam are joined by author and goal setting expert Skye Fagrell who walks us through successful goal setting principles ..... aaaand then Mequell translates them into what someone with mental illness may feel like when going through the whole goal setting exercise. Hopefully listeners understand the best kind of goals for them, how to balance aggressive goals so they're motivating and not defeating, ways to make your goals work through the ups and downs of mental illness and that putting on clean underwear and brushing your teeth are perfectly acceptable goals to have. Carpe Diem 2022! Huzzah!!!
Jan 08, 202256:19
Ep. 60: Eliza Stapley - dating, marriage, pregnancy and grief

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

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 dating her now husband Sam, going through pregnancy and ultimately losing her babies. Even though the experiences have been heartbreaking Eliza shares a message of hope about how learning to live with her mental illness prepared her in a way to deal with the grief of loss. She's a gem that Eliza!
Jan 01, 202244:53
Ep. 59: Why People Stop Treatment

Ep. 59: Why People Stop Treatment

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 it's also worth it when you finally feel good again.
Dec 11, 202139:45
Ep. 58: Spencer Holt PhD - Anxiety in the Workplace

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

Mequell and Adam are joined by Spencer Holt PhD. Spencer is corporate business leader and executive coach who teaches and trains CEOs and business executives around the world in ways to be more effective both as leaders and as people. Spencer has developed part of his coaching to address anxiety and guide corporate leaders on how to effectively deal with it in the workplace. He draws on valuable insight from his own career and experiences and brings that insight to the table for both leaders and those of us who deal with anxiety on a day to day level. 
Nov 23, 202137:14
Ep. 57: Dr Joel Beckstead - More on Vulnerability

Ep. 57: Dr Joel Beckstead - More on Vulnerability

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 answers listener questions about how to respond, appropriate ways to share and how to come out still feeling okay even if the response isn't what we wanted. He discusses how to have successful relationships and deep connections regardless of the type of struggles each person comes into the relationship with. Someone doesn't have to "get mental illness" to connect with you they just have to be willing to come into your world and see things from your perspective which is the same way we can support and connect with other people too. Most importantly vulnerability is a lifelong process for both those sharing and for those receiving. Great advice Joel!  
Nov 05, 202152:43
Ep. 56: How to Deal with Haters

Ep. 56: How to Deal with Haters

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 eye roll here' It's a tricky situation because we do want to help educate those we love and interact with but we also need support while being a warrior. Then there are some people who just need the boot. Regardless of who the critics in your life are here are a few ideas on how to handle them.
Oct 22, 202141:39
Ep. 55: Men and Depression - Ryan Wynder, LMFT

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

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 dealing with depression and other types of mental illnesses. Cultural and societal expectations can create more difficulties for men at work and in relationships with vulnerability, emotion and asking for help. 
Oct 15, 202148:07
Ep. 54: Mark Bell, LMFT Creating emotional connections with those who struggle

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

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 significant others. The discussion today is more of a practical application for parent/child and other types of relationships because when mental illness is involved it can be trickier than normal.
Oct 01, 202130:44
Ep. 53: Losing someone to Suicide - Amanda Merrill

Ep. 53: Losing someone to Suicide - Amanda Merrill

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, feelings she dealt with and suggestions for those wanting to help.
Sep 19, 202101:06:17
Ep. 52: Mental Illness and Sexual Intimacy

Ep. 52: Mental Illness and Sexual Intimacy

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 about both lack of desire in down cycles along with addressing issues of hypersexuality during mania. Good thing we had an expert for this one! 
Sep 03, 202153:43
Ep. 51: NAMI study

Ep. 51: NAMI study

Mequell and Adam discuss the recently published NAMI study (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and the differences between what those with mental illness say are the biggest difficulties living with it vs. what those who have no experience with mental illness think the hardest things are. The difference is eye opening!
Aug 27, 202132:43
Ep. 50: Supplements and Medication

Ep. 50: Supplements and Medication

Mequell and Adam start Season 3 with a discussion about how supplements can affect medication answering the question "What in the heck happened in July???" They also talk about why people may not reach out when they're feeling down.
Aug 20, 202132:15
Ep. 49: The Depression Cycle

Ep. 49: The Depression Cycle

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 cycles with the ups and downs of life and sometimes you find yourself at the bottom. Again. And it sucks.
Jul 23, 202128:44
Ep. 48: What to say after a suicide attempt

Ep. 48: What to say after a suicide attempt

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
Jul 02, 202135:46
Ep. 47: ADA and Mental Illness in the Workplace

Ep. 47: ADA and Mental Illness in the Workplace

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 it a listen and then go be your baddie self and rock it at work.
Jun 25, 202131:38
Ep: 46 The Downside of Mania

Ep: 46 The Downside of Mania

Mequell and Adam discuss the difficulties of mania. Even though the extra energy feels AHmazing the distorted thinking makes it very difficult to control your thoughts kinda like upside down world in Stranger Things.
Jun 25, 202135:40
Ep. 45: Mania vs. Hypomania

Ep. 45: Mania vs. Hypomania

Mequell and Adam discuss the differences between mania and hypomania and how to spot and manage triggers
Jun 11, 202132:47
Ep. 44: Recognizing Mania - Kendra Karren

Ep. 44: Recognizing Mania - Kendra Karren

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.
May 28, 202147:00
Ep. 43: Darlyn Remington - Mental Health Advocate

Ep. 43: Darlyn Remington - Mental Health Advocate

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
May 21, 202156:33
Ep. 42: Working through parent/teen challenges

Ep. 42: Working through parent/teen challenges

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 relationship intact
May 07, 202132:50
Ep. 41: Meet the Family - Family and Sibling Relationships

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

The whole family joins Adam and Mequell to talk about the importance of sibling relationships and how to work through difficulties when dealing with challenges such as mental illness in the family.
May 01, 202144:19
Ep. 40: 6 Misconceptions about Mental Illness

Ep. 40: 6 Misconceptions about Mental Illness

Mequell and Adam discuss 6 common misconceptions about mental illness referencing NAMI and St. Lucie Mental Health Hospital
Apr 17, 202123:29
Ep. 39: Mike Rognlien - Under Complicating and mental health in the corporate world

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

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 world is achieved the same way as success in personal life and shares his thoughts about the great strides that have been made in addressing mental health and wellness as business owners and corporations.
Apr 09, 202156:35
Ep. 38: Debbie Plotnick - Mental Health America

Ep. 38: Debbie Plotnick - Mental Health America

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 also discusses policies, funding and programs from the top down so that when mental illness warriors and cheerleaders who love them fight from the bottom up there will be a safe place to land in the middle where the most amount of people can get the education and help that they need.
Apr 02, 202142:08
Ep. 37: Adrienne St. Clair - In Patient Treatment Facilities

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

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 just around the corner.
Mar 27, 202101:01:21
Ep. 36: Dr. Henry Schulte, Psychiatrist

Ep. 36: Dr. Henry Schulte, Psychiatrist

Psychiatrist Dr. Henry Schulte joins Mequell and Adam and answers many questions about when to consult a psychiatrist and shares his knowledge about medications.
Mar 19, 202132:21
Ep. 35: Paula Fontenelle, therapist - Grief after suicide

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

Therapist Paula Fontenelle joins Mequell and Adam to discuss the complicated grief that comes after losing a loved one to suicide. Paula's many resources can be found on her website: https://www.understandsuicide.com/
Mar 12, 202154:02
Ep. 34: What to do at rock bottom

Ep. 34: What to do at rock bottom

Mequell and Adam discuss what steps to take when you are at rock bottom
Mar 05, 202127:52
Ep. 33: Q&A with Adam

Ep. 33: Q&A with Adam

Mequell poses questions to Adam about his beliefs and experiences growing up and now about mental illness
Feb 26, 202127:38
Ep. 32: Q&A with Mequell

Ep. 32: Q&A with Mequell

Mequell answers multiple questions from listeners and discusses them with Adam
Feb 19, 202127:50
Ep. 31: Mental Illness and Faith

Ep. 31: Mental Illness and Faith

Mequell and Adam talk about how mental illness can affect your faith and the connection you feel with God
Feb 12, 202134:15
Ep. 30: Schizophrenia - Ty Anderson

Ep. 30: Schizophrenia - Ty Anderson

Mequell and Adam visit with guest Ty Anderson about his experience and journey with schizoaffective disorder
Feb 05, 202140:21
Ep. 29: Growing up around mental illness - Max Buck

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

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 and how ultimately it has the power to bring us closer.
Jan 29, 202138:43
Ep. 28: Addiction - Cara Jones

Ep. 28: Addiction - Cara Jones

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.
Jan 22, 202101:01:54
Ep. 27: How to be an Effective Cheerleader

Ep. 27: How to be an Effective Cheerleader

Mequell and Adam discuss the specific things that cheerleaders can do to help mental illness warriors lift the weight.
Jan 15, 202126:11
Ep. 26: Warriors and Cheerleaders

Ep. 26: Warriors and Cheerleaders

Mequell and Adam begin Season 2 discussing the strength of mental illness warriors and how others can be cheerleaders
Jan 08, 202130:22
P.P.S. Using music to help you cope with mental illness

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

Mequell and Adam answer a listeners question about what music she listens to and how it helps.
Dec 23, 202013:24
Season 1 P.S.

Season 1 P.S.

Mequell and Adam answer a few listener questions they've received during the break
Dec 08, 202005:04
Ep. 25: 5 Tips for the Holidays

Ep. 25: 5 Tips for the Holidays

Mequell and Adam wrap up Season 1 and discuss tips to simplify the holiday season and keep your mental health intact. Happy Holidays!
Nov 20, 202030:58
Ep. 24: Skye Fagrell

Ep. 24: Skye Fagrell

Author Skye Fagrell joins Mequell and Adam for a discussion about how physical and intellectual fitness relate to mental fitness and health
Nov 13, 202001:02:14
Ep. 23: Charting and medication cost management

Ep. 23: Charting and medication cost management

Mequell and Adam discuss charting in more detail and how to most effectively manage the cost of medications
Nov 06, 202027:44
Ep. 22: Mark Bell, LMFT

Ep. 22: Mark Bell, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Mark Bell joins Mequell and Adam for a discussion around addiction.
Oct 30, 202054:31
Ep. 21: Dangers of Perfectionism

Ep. 21: Dangers of Perfectionism

Mequell and Adam discuss how perfectionism can be detrimental to your mental health. 
Oct 23, 202026:04
Ep. 20: 10 Tips for Spouses

Ep. 20: 10 Tips for Spouses

Adam shares 10 things he's learned over the years as they've lived with mental illness.  No one starts off getting it.
Oct 16, 202030:42
Ep. 19: Energy Budget for College Students: Ella Buck

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

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.
Oct 09, 202033:29
Ep. 18: When to get help

Ep. 18: When to get help

Mequell and Adam discuss the question of when to get professional help if you're experiencing symptoms and what that help would look like
Oct 02, 202032:57
Ep. 17: Managing Expectations

Ep. 17: Managing Expectations

Mequell  and Adam talk about how expectations can contribute to feeling like a burden and how to combat that
Sep 25, 202026:51
Ep. 16: Choosing to be vulnerable

Ep. 16: Choosing to be vulnerable

Mequell and Adam discuss her decision to be vulnerable by writing a book and the rewards that have come from that through creating connections 
Sep 17, 202031:03
Ep. 15: Movie Review - Words on Bathroom Walls

Ep. 15: Movie Review - Words on Bathroom Walls

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.
Sep 11, 202036:15
Ep. 14: Preventing Suicide

Ep. 14: Preventing Suicide

Mequell and Adam discuss the two leading factors that contribute to suicide and how to combat them.
Sep 04, 202027:26
Ep. 13: Dr. Joel Beckstead

Ep. 13: Dr. Joel Beckstead

Clinical psychologist Dr. Joel Beckstead joins Mequell and Adam to discuss the number one health care crisis in America.
Aug 28, 202052:09
Ep. 12: Having a good psychologist on your team

Ep. 12: Having a good psychologist on your team

Mequell and Adam discuss the role of a good psychologist and how they differ from psychiatrists.
Aug 21, 202026:22
Ep. 11: Fundamentals of success

Ep. 11: Fundamentals of success

Mequell and Adam discuss the importance of controlling the fundamentals in order to maximize stability in managing mental illness
Aug 14, 202026:38
Ep. 10: Being flexible with your teen

Ep. 10: Being flexible with your teen

Mequell and Adam discuss the importance of being flexible with education options for your teens
Aug 07, 202026:21
Ep. 9: Sam Buck: Coping strategies and communication tips for teens

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

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. 
Jul 30, 202036:08
Ep. 8: Tips for protecting relationships

Ep. 8: Tips for protecting relationships

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 connected with those you love. 
Jul 24, 202027:48
Ep. 7: Separating yourself from your symptoms: Ella Buck

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

Our daughter Ella joins us to share her own experience with mental illness and her realization that she can separate herself from her symptoms.
Jul 17, 202024:22
Ep. 6: Fine tuning meds like nobody's business

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

Mequell and Adam discuss what the process of finding the right medication combination looks like in real life
Jul 10, 202023:11
Ep. 5: Sifting through treatment options . . . and why I use medication

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

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.
Jul 03, 202026:43
Ep. 4: The art of saying no (without looking like a jerk)

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

Mequell and Adam discuss ways to manage your time and energy to work around mental illness and avoid burn out.
Jun 26, 202022:17
Ep. 3: Suicide -- It's not what you think

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

Mequell shares insights from her own life as they discuss how to understand and prevent suicide.
Jun 23, 202025:26
Ep. 1: What's the deal with this podcast?

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

Mequell and Adam introduce themselves and the podcast. 
Jun 21, 202003:38
Ep. 2: What is mental illness?. . . asking for a friend

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

Mequell and Adam explain what mental illness is and how to be a good friend to someone struggling.
Jun 21, 202023:41