Mental Health Matters In partnership with NAMI-Southern Oregon (NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness). Andra Hollenbeck from NAMI-SO hosts conversations with mental health professionals and those navigating mental health.
Mental Health Matters

Mental Health Matters

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In partnership with NAMI-Southern Oregon (NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness). Andra Hollenbeck from NAMI-SO hosts conversations with mental health professionals and those navigating mental health.

Most Recent Episodes

Where to start looking when a child shows signs of mental illness

Even the most stable families can go through bumpy times as children grow up. Half of all mental illness issues crop up before a person turns 18, often leaving parents wondering where to turn. We explore options in the latest episode of Mental Health Matters, our joint podcast with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Southern Oregon chapter. Andra Hollenbeck from NAMI-SO asks about youth mental health options in the Rogue Valley. Guests are Darin Dale from Jackson Care Connect, one of the Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid) providers in the valley, and Sarah Hollingworth, from Kairos, which provides youth services in several Oregon communities.

The nonprofit that provides help and hope to healthcare workers

The pandemic made many of us aware of the mental health needs of healthcare workers, who get a steady diet of human suffering in their daily work. The nonprofit Project Hope responds to the world's hot spots, places like Gaza and Ukraine, assisting healthcare workers in treating the wounded and ill. The work also includes seeing to the mental health needs of healthcare workers in those places. We learn more in the latest edition of Mental Health Matters, our joint podcast with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Southern Oregon chapter. Andra Hollenbeck of NAMI-SO visits with Rawan Hamadeh, who surveys the current situation, and the expected greater need for Project Hope's services in the future.

Exploring RVCOG's mental health services to seniors

What local governments can't do by themselves, they can do together. That's why RVCOG, the Rogue Valley Council of Governments, exists, offering a variety of programs across the Rogue Valley. RVCOG Senior & Disability Services provides guidance and assistance to seniors struggling with mental health issues, and that's what we discuss in the latest edition of Mental Health Matters, our joint project with the Southern Oregon chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI-SO's Andra Hollenbeck is back to host the segment; she talks to Behavioral Health Specialist Ellen Denninger about mental health issues--like isolation--that present challenges to seniors.

How to get hoarding behaviors under control

We get attached to our stuff. One number should prove that: 38% of Americans report using self-storage units to hold the stuff they don't have room for at home. But then there are the people who continue to hold onto possessions even when their homes get cluttered, crowded, and even impassable in places. That could indicate hoarding, and Rogue Valley Council of Governments (RVCOG) offers a in-depth course to help people push away their hoarding behaviors... and some of their stuff. Andra Hollenbeck covers the concept in the latest edition of Mental Health Matters, our joint project with the National Alliance on Mental Illness Southern Oregon chapter. Andra brings in Ellen Denninger, a Behavioral Health Specialist with RVCOG's Senior & Disability Services, to explore how hoarding starts, and how it can be curtailed.

One man's story of facing and defeating childhood trauma

It wasn't just that Dave Pelzer's mother abused him. It wasn't just that she called him a bad boy. She also forced young Dave to say it out loud: "I'm a bad boy." He piled up a lot of trauma in his formative years, and his journey to shed the pile has guided his writing of several books and the sharing of his story, in an effort to help other people put their early-life traumas behind them. Dave Pelzer is the guest in the latest edition of our Mental Health Matters podcast, our joint venture with the the National Alliance on Mental Illness Southern Oregon. Andra Hollenbeck from NAMI-SO returns to interview Dave Pelzer, about getting the life you want instead of the one you once seemed destined for.

One size does NOT fit all in mental health, either

Not all cures work the same on all people. That's true in physical health, where a medicine that works great on one person may produce an allergic reaction in another. In mental health care, it helps to tailor treatment to the specific needs of the patient. We explore that in the latest edition of Mental Health Matters, our podcast produced with the National Alliance on Mental Illness Southern Oregon Chapter. Andra Hollenbeck of NAMI-SO speaks with Kelly Birch of Rogue Valley Integrative Therapy about different approaches to treatment, including some thoughts on the mind-body connection, and how it can impact our mental health.

Psychologist offers insights into mechanics of depression, and its treatment

More people talk about depression these days, but there's still a lot we do not understand about it. The latest edition of our Mental Health Matters podcast takes up the subject with someone who has worked with depressed people for decades now. Andra Hollenbeck from NAMI-Southern Oregon interviews Deborah Serani, psychologist and author of Living with Depression: Why Biology and Biography Matter Along the Path to Hope and Healing. Mental Health Matters is produced in partnership with NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Psychologist offers insights into mechanics of depression, and its treatment

How NAMI supports families dealing with illness, in Mental Health Matters

Discussions about mental illness are much more out in the open than they used to be. And this week is, in fact, Mental Illness Awareness Week, a chance to learn more about mental health conditions and their treatment. The week and the awareness are ongoing causes of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. We partner with the Southern Oregon chapter for our podcast Mental Health Matters. And this time around, host Andra Hollenbeck turns the focus back on NAMI itself, and how it supports families with members with mental illness. Her guest is Chris Bouneff, the Executive Director of the statewide NAMI Oregon.

How NAMI supports families dealing with illness, in Mental Health Matters

Upping the game in suicide prevention, on Mental Health Matters

Suicide is a big enough concern that we now have a nationwide three-digit number to connect people to help: 988. We explore other recent developments in suicide prevention in the latest edition of Mental Health Matters, our partnership with National Alliance on Mental Illness's Southern Oregon Chapter. NAMI-SO's Andra Hollenbeck brings in reps from two organizations in constant contact with people in danger of self-harm: Chedric Monahan runs the Behavioral Health Program for Jackson Care Connect and Sarah Small, Development and Integrated Health Coordinator at Options for Southern Oregon.

Restorative justice for the mentally ill

It's become obvious in recent years that the lack of mental health facilities results in people with mental health needs ending up in jail, where opportunities for treatment are spotty at best. Some court systems provide alternatives to the standard criminal justice system, including in Jackson County. For adults facing criminal charges that occurred due to an unmanaged mental illness, Wellness Court (formerly Mental Health Court) offers alternative legal solutions. We explore the court's work in the latest edition of Mental Health Matters, our partnership with NAMI-Southern Oregon. Host Andra Hollenbeck speaks with Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Laura Cromwell and court graduate Trevor Cox to learn more.