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Working Mother and Mental Health

Working Mother and Mental Health

December 2, 2022

In this episode, we will discuss the experience of working outside the home and the relationship that has with mental health. Many parents choose to work, which requires balance and self-care on top of the duties associated with raising children. Our guest shares insights on what she and her family have done to cultivate their relationships, while progressing in their careers.

Mental Health Tips for Parents of NICU Babies

Mental Health Tips for Parents of NICU Babies

November 1, 2022

Being a parent of a child in the NICU can be both physically and emotionally exhausting. This episode discusses tips for parents as they endure this experience with their baby. 

LGBTQ+ and Mental Health

LGBTQ+ and Mental Health

September 26, 2022

In this episode we will discuss mental health in the LGBTQ+ community and how to be an ally. According to Mental Health America, 4.5% of the U.S. population identifies as being lesbian, gay, or bisexual. Of those, over 39% reported having a mental illness in the past year, which is nearly 5.8 million people. To put that into context, that is more than the entire population of Kentucky. Additionally, LGBTQ+ teens are six times more likely to experience symptoms of depression than non-LGBTQ+ identifying teens. LGBTQ+ youth are more than twice as likely to feel suicidal and over four times as likely to attempt suicide compared to heterosexual youth. I would like to clarify that identifying as LGBTQ+ is not a mental illness but the members of the community do experience higher rates of mental health issues. Finally, while not all people are a member of the LGBTQ+ community, everyone can be a supportive ally to these members. 

 

In this episode we will be interviewing Dr. Ben Schilaty. Dr. Ben Schilaty works as an Honor Code administrator and adjunct professor at Brigham Young University. He holds three degrees from BYU: a bachelor's degree in Latin American studies, a masters in Hispanic linguistics and a masters in Social Work; he also earned a PhD in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching from the University of Arizona. Dr. Schilaty learned Spanish and Portuguese during his mission in Chihuahua Mexico, and when he lived in Bolivia, Peru and Portugal. He taught Spanish for a decade at the middle school, high school and college level. He is the author of A Walk In My Shoes: Questions I am Often Asked as a Gay Latter Day Saintand cohosts the podcast "Questions from the Closet" with his friend Charlie Bird. 

Essentialism in the Workplace

Essentialism in the Workplace

April 7, 2022

Poor mental health and stress can negatively affect employee Job performance and productivity, Engagement with one’s work, Communication with coworkers, and Physical capability and daily functioning.

Mental illnesses such as depression are associated with higher rates of disability and unemployment.

Additionally, even after taking other health risks—like smoking and obesity—into account, employees at high risk of depression had the highest health care costs during the 3 years after an initial health risk assessment. 

COVID-19 Nursing and Mental Health

COVID-19 Nursing and Mental Health

March 1, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic brought a lot of burn-out and stress to nurses and all healthcare providers. Nicki shares her experience with COVID-19 and how she has cultivated a healthy mind. 

Physical and Mental Health

Physical and Mental Health

February 1, 2022

In this episode, we will discuss the links between physical health and mental health. We know that many people struggle with both mental and physical health challenges, and we want to shed light on the intersection between the two. It is difficult to have one without the other, as both are tied so closely together. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) states that “there is no health without mental health”. 

Academic Stress and Mental Health

Academic Stress and Mental Health

November 5, 2021

For most of us, whether you’re in college, high school, or even elementary school, school can be rough sometimes. Sometimes the stress and pressure to perform at a high level academically can be incredibly hard to deal with. One study found that 5% of college students do not graduate due to mental illness, and an estimated 4 million people worldwide would have graduated college if not for these psychiatric disorders. And even if you aren’t a student, chances are you’ve had a few stressful moments in your own life before and could benefit from hearing what our mental health experts have to share with us today.

Welcome to Healthy Brain Banter!

Welcome to Healthy Brain Banter!

October 4, 2021

This week we will be introducing the members of our team, how this podcast came to be and the invaluable resource of CAPs. While this is specific to BYU’s CAPs most of the information can be applied to CAPs programs and therapy offered nationwide.

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