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Join us for new and regular conversations with Dr. George Simon. Dr. Simon is an internationally-recognized expert on manipulators and other problem characters and the author of 3 bestselling books: In Sheep’s Clothing (which has been translated into 12 foreign languages), Character Disturbance, and The Judas Syndrome. He’s made appearances on several major television (Fox News Network, CNN, CBS 48 Hours).

Until recently, Dr. Simon maintained an active private practice dedicated to assisting individuals develop character and helping empower victims in relationships with disturbed characters. In addition to providing psychotherapy services, he specialized in anxiety and anger management, comprehensive personality assessments, mental health professional training, and consultation to businesses and organizations on how to deal with problem characters. Dr. Simon also recently retired as a supervising psychologist for the Arkansas Dept. of Correction. For 6 years he provided clinical oversight to the community risk assessment program for registered sex offenders, and more recently provided similar oversight for the newly expanded and re-vamped prison-based sex offender treatment program. He has given numerous workshops on the various sex offender typologies and offender treatment and management strategies. He helped secure a DOJ grant through Center for Sex Offender Management, and is a member of the grant’s standing committee.

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How do we reach the “highly functional” depressed person? Are they going to check the box on an intake form for “do you have suicidal thoughts?” Dr. Paul Meier joins Melanie Vann and Kristin Sunanta Walker for a look and a listen about the many, many people who live with suicidal ideation who mask their symptoms and go unnoticed … until, sometimes, it is too late.

Dr. Paul Meier is the founder of, a best-selling author and practicing psychiatrist.

Melanie Vann is the program director for MHNR Network and host of Memoirs of Madness. She is also the founder of Your Wise Therapist, LLC.

Kristin Sunanta Walker is the founder of Mental Health News Radio Network.

Join Dr. Kristina Hallett for our series on Be Awesome! Dr. Hallett is a board certified specialist in clinical psychology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology. She has over 25 years of experience providing psychotherapy, consultation, and supervision to medical and mental health professionals in addressing relationship and major life issues – depression, anxiety, substance abuse, parenting, divorce, and other life challenges. Dr. Hallett is a certified divorce mediator and a nationally certified parenting coordinator.

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Aruna Rao will be presenting at this years In My Mind Conference held in October in New York:

Aruna Rao is a community mental health advocate, grassroots organizer, speaker and writer. She is currently an Associate Director at the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New Jersey (NAMI NJ). Aruna is the founder of SAMHAJ, the first program in the USA to provide support and education for South Asian Americans affected by mental illness. She has been instrumental in developing programs for immigrants affected by mental illness in New Jersey, and her efforts have resulted in NAMI NJ receiving the 2014 Advancing Minority Mental Health Award from the American Psychiatric Foundation. Her work in mental health has been recognized by the World Malayalee Council NJ Chapter, the NJ Department of Transportation Asian American Heritage Committee and Lions Club NJ. She received the 2014 Agraj Seva Kendra Notable Indian Americans of New Jersey Award, the 2011 South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) Changemaker Award, the 2003 Leadership Award from the NJ Asian American Association for Human Services, and the 2002 National Multicultural Outreach Award from NAMI. She has served on the NAMI Diversity & Inclusion Workgroup and the National Institute of Mental health (NIMH) Outreach Partner Steering Committee. She makes frequent presentations on mental health to community and professional groups.

As the proud mother of a queer and transgender child, Aruna is passionate about advancing LGBTQ+ rights. She recognizes the urgent need for family acceptance of LGBTQ+ people in API and South Asian communities and is dedicated to creating a loving, inclusive world where LGBTQ+ people are welcomed into community spaces. Aruna serves on the steering committee of API Rainbow Parents of PFLAG NYC, and is the founder of Desi Rainbow Parents & Allies, a group developed to support South Asian parents of LGBTQ+ children. She speaks about family acceptance in community and professional settings and has been featured on podcasts and in newspaper articles.

Join hosts Melanie Vann and Kristin Sunanta Walker on our most popular series: Empowered Empaths. They discuss what authenticity and vulnerability mean to the highly empathic and how to strengthen those innate gifts by practicing extreme self-care. We also talk about what it takes to build those muscles in order to be strong about healthy boundaries and actually go from being a narcissist attraction magnet to being a repellent.

Join Zak Williams, the son of the late Robin Williams, and host Stephen Kavalkovich on Rescue the Rescuer as they discuss some tough topics. They talked about Zak’s journey with having a famous father, the tragic loss of his father to suicide, and his life after such a loss. Zak is compassionate and sweet soul. The advice he gives to suicide survivors is priceless and needed.

Zak could have taken many different career paths especially with is access to the entertainment world because of his late father, Robin Williams. Instead he is is focused on making a positive difference in the world by bringing financial literacy education to at-risk communities. The 32-year-old San Franciscan, who holds an MBA from Columbia University, is currently focused on society’s least privileged people: prisoners. Williams co-teaches a weekly class to incarcerated individuals at San Quentin State Prison.

To learn more about Zak please visit him here.

Mental Health Perspectives: Featuring Dr. John Huber & Kristin Walker

Six Dangerous Social Media Challenges Killing & Injuring America’s Youth

Internet challenges can be fascinating to teens, who can be both impulsive and drawn to behavior that draws attention, especially in social media. Some challenges, like the ALS ice bucket challenge or the mannequin challenge, can be fun and positive activities. But other challenges that pop up on the internet are dangerous and can lead to permanent harm.

Six Dangerous Social Media Challenges


The Fire Challenge

This is when you spray or pour a flammable liquid on your body and light yourself on fire.

The Hot Water Challenge

You either pour hot water on yourself or another person, or you drink it through a straw. And then, unsurprisingly, you get seriously injured.

The Choking Game

Where participants get choked in order to get a temporary ‘high’.There have been many cases where kids have died after playing the Choking Game.

The Condom Snorting Challenge

People snort condoms through their noses and pull it out through their mouths. There is a possibility that you could potentially get the condom stuck in your windpipe or lungs.

The Salt and Ice Challenge

When participants pour ice on a part of their body and then place ice on the salt. This creates an extreme burning sensation. Participants see how long they can withstand the burn. It can lead frostbite and third degree injuries.

The Eraser Challenge

Where you erase your skin while saying the alphabet and coming up with a word for each letter. Once you get to Z you stop and compare your skin with your friends.


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