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Gabor Maté, M.D. joins us after his presentations at The National Council for Behavioral Health’s annual conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Take a journey as Dr. Maté and our host, Kristin Walker, discuss the need for meaningful human connection and the enormity of changing the structures in which we treat and comprehend addiction.

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Dr. Steven Levine is a board-certified psychiatrist and therapist based in Princeton, NJ.  In 2010, dissatisfied with the current state of psychiatric medication treatment, Dr. Levine founded Ketamine Treatment Centers. This was the world’s first, and now largest and most experienced, group of centers dedicated to rapidly-acting, cutting edge treatment of depression, anxiety, and pain disorders.  We have now changed our name to Actify Neurotherapies to reflect our mission to improve mental health through the safe delivery of researched, proven, and innovative care.

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Greg Dee Dicharry is at the annual National Council for Behavioral Health Conference to support the film Suicide: The Ripple Effect with co-producer and co-director Kevin Hines. Greg was also co-producer and co-director and shared his own mental health struggles with our host Kristin Walker.

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Villa Director of Community Partnerships Craig Hedley is known all over Richmond for his work with children and youth. Having served as Hermitage High School track coach for 13 years and at St. Joseph’s Villa for 30 years, Hedley’s caring and good-humored spirit has changed countless lives.  For this reason, Hedley was recently recognized in CBS 6’s weekly “Heroes Among Us.”

Craig Hedley joined many of the 5,000 visitors to that annual conference of The National Council for Behavioral Health.

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Dr. Omar Manejwala and Kristin Walker discuss his presentation at The National Council for Behavioral Health‘s annual conference. Addiction is a treatable disease. But we need to break down barriers to care and make effective treatment the path of least resistance. Omar Manejwala applies his background in psychiatry, addiction medicine, leadership and organizational development to tackle this national crisis. His ability to translate complex medical issues into understandable terms has led to national television appearances and quotes in leading print media. In his best-selling book, Craving: Why We Can’t Seem to Get Enough, Dr. Manejwala explores how and why our brain drives behavior, how to change the part of our brain that fuels our cravings, the warning signs that craving is evolving into addiction and why craving is the most difficult component of addiction.

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Sam Webb discusses how saying too much “YES” can become a problem for your mental health.  He joins us live at The National Council for Behavioral Health’s annual conference in Seattle, Washington NatCon2017. Not often we get to do in person interviews between our host, Kristin Sunanta Walker, and Sam but they are always powerful. Sam talks about the foundation he is co-founder of Livin (A suicide awareness organization), his production company www.webbproductions.com, and his upcoming podcast on MHNRNetworkwww.vulnerabl.com. Life has been moving fast for Sam so we get into it about taking care of yourself and making sure that your personal well being is first. Givers tend to put themselves last on the list but this doesn’t help you on your own mental health journey.

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Howard K. Hitzel, Psy.D., MPA is a licensed psychologist and President/CEO of BestSelf Behavioral Health, Inc. in Buffalo, New York. BestSelf Behavioral Health is a nonprofit organization which provides comprehensive, family oriented treatment and rehabilitation services to children and adults with mental illnesses and/or substance abuse disorders.

BestSelf Behavioral Health is the product of a June 1, 2017 merger between the former Child and Adolescent Treatment Services and Lake Shore Behavioral Health. The organization employs more than 700 staff and has an operating budget of approximately $35 million. BestSelf Behavioral Health is the largest community-based behavioral health organization serving children and adults of all ages in Western New York and served more than 20,000 consumers in 2016.

Radhika Iyer joins us as cohost and is an EHR consultant with our sponsor organization everythingEHR. She is also spearheading our Mental Health Conference initiative with universities and colleges cross the globe. She is an attorney and seasoned healthcare consultant in healthcare law, regulatory compliance, executive oversight, project managment, Meaningful Use, and HIPAA.

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Listen as MHNR host, Kristin Walker, interviews Dr. Mario Hernandez, Professor and Chair of the Department of Child and Family Studies (within the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences at the University of South Florida. In his role as Chair, Dr. Hernandez discusses the new Master of Science in Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health program and research development. Most Recently, Dr. Hernandez co authored an article for The Journal of Behavioral Health Services published by the National Council for Behavioral Health. The results of the survey discussed in the article were startling.

Dr. Hernandez provides leadership and management for a variety of research and technical assistance projects at the local, national, and international levels. He has also co-edited two books, Promoting Cultural Competence in Children’s Mental Health Services and Developing Outcome Strategies in Children’s Mental Health which he further discusses with Kristin on the show. He has published articles and book chapters on developing outcome strategies for children’s mental health, cultural competence and in applying logic models to support community change efforts. Additionally, he edited and contributed to: a special issue of the American Journal of Community Psychology, focused on exemplars of community practice that have used logic models to guide their local efforts; the Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, focusing on child mental health policy; and, the Journal of Behavioral Healthcare and Research, focusing on system accountability in children’s mental health.

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