Mental Health Verses Podcast January 24, 2022

Be sure to like and subscribe to this channel to get all of the latest content and videos. In this episode of Mental Health Verses, I’m joined by Kelly Salas, who is a vocalist, musician and music educator for the Buffalo Public School System. Kelly speaks about a variety of her experiences growing up, herContinue reading “Mental Health Verses Podcast January 24, 2022”

Mental Health Verses Podcast January 17, 2022

Be sure to like and subscribe to this channel to get all of the latest content and videos. In this episode of Mental Health Verses, I’m joined by entertainer, Richie Derwald. Richie talks about his career in entertainment and his new project, UPProject.US. Richie also lives with bipolar disorder and shares about how he hasContinue reading “Mental Health Verses Podcast January 17, 2022”

What Sarah Said

On the middle and ring finger of my right hand I wear two of my late father Charles’ rings (his gold 25-year Metro Bus service ring and on the other his wedding band). They serve as both a reminder of who he was as well as a tribute to one of the greatest men I’veContinue reading “What Sarah Said”

Mental Health Verses Podcast January 10, 2022

Be sure to like and subscribe to the Mental Health Verses channel to get all of the latest content and videos. In this episode of Mental Health Verses, I’m joined by Dan Galvin who is the head of the Peer Support department at Spectrum Health and Human Services. The songs Dan discusses on this episodeContinue reading “Mental Health Verses Podcast January 10, 2022”

Anything Can Happen

This is a particularly special time of year for me. You see, I went to my first 12 Step meeting on January 15th, 1988. And I’ve been going ever since. Although I had my first bipolar psychotic episode seven years prior and entered the mental health system, I consider this the true beginning of myContinue reading “Anything Can Happen”

Music is in My Heartbeat

“Where do we go, nobody knows…” writes Chris Martin of Coldplay in the song, “God Put a Smile upon Your Face.” Isn’t that the truth? This is probably one of the most existential questions ever posed in human history. And now, with COVID, climate change, and the ever present worldwide political unrest, this creates aContinue reading “Music is in My Heartbeat”

I Want the World to Stop

There are times, like now, when I want the world to stop. There’s so much chaos going on that life seems to be spiraling out of control. I feel like I’m in the eye of the hurricane hanging onto a lifeboat. Do you feel this way too? Stuart Murdoch of the Scottish pop band, BelleContinue reading “I Want the World to Stop”

This Must Be the Place (Home)

I’m in the midst of what has often been described as one of the most stressful things many people go through. I’m moving. Now, this isn’t just any ordinary move. I’ve lived in my house for the last 42 of 46 years. For what it’s worth, this is truly the only home I’ve ever known.Continue reading “This Must Be the Place (Home)”

Mental Health Verses Podcast December 6, 2021

In this episode of the Mental Health Verses Podcast I had the opportunity to speak with Credentialed Addiction Counselor, Bill Bly. Bill talks about his 36-plus year career in the behavioral health field as well as the the traumatic event that happened in May of 2020 that changed the course of his life forever. TheContinue reading “Mental Health Verses Podcast December 6, 2021”

Into the Void

Do you know anyone who lives with Bipolar Disorder? Have you ever wondered what it’s like? Well, let me just say that it can be hell. When the phases of mania and depression converge, it can feel like your life is spinning out of control and then “BAM!” comes the crushing descent into the void.Continue reading “Into the Void”