Writer, Musician, and Founder of Cope Notes, Johnny Crowder comes by Hysteria Radio before he hits the road with his band Prison. Some of the topics they discuss are writing out your pain, following your passion, and the eye-opening realization that family and friends often feel our pain when we are struggling, they just don’t know what to do to help. It is worth a listen and a share.
Bio: Johnny Crowder is a touring musician, speaker, comedian, writer, and full-time human based in Tampa, FL. Armed with unconventional wit, a psychology degree, and 25 years of lived experience with mental illness, his advocacy efforts through his bands (Prison and Dark Sermon) and his SMS service (Cope Notes) have touched millions of hearts across the globe.
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Johnny Crowder began exhibiting symptoms of mental illness at the ripe young age of 3, and it didn’t let up for a decade or two. His abuse-ridden adolescence was sprinkled with suicidal thoughts, obsessive-compulsive behavior, and some pretty eye-catching acne. In short, it wasn’t pretty—and neither was he. Crowder pursued a degree in psychology from UCF—that is, until his band, Dark Sermon, got signed and he left campus to tour the universe. Although he finished his degree on the road, he learned more about the human psyche through his travels than he ever could in a classroom. After years of intense therapy and heavy medication, Crowder is now functioning healthily without the use of either. In their place, he’s developed effective strategies that allow him to maintain a sound mind and body throughout his journeys with his new band, Prison, whose music addresses his difficult past and encourages others to persevere.
Mental Health News Radio is proud to announce that ZenCharts now supports not only MHNR but also our Network of Podcasters. ZenCharts, a behavioral health electronic health record company, have been supporters of MHNR since they started their podcast venture four years ago. They have always believed in a common mission of destigmatizing mental illness. MHNR continues to have faith in the professionalism, efficiency, and integrity that Zencharts brings to the table. Their customer service is bar none.
No one should be judged or discriminated if they have a mental health issue according to Johnny Crowder. He has dealt with serious mental health issues and Johnny describes his journey in this podcast. When people are bullied and/or discriminated, some people experience mental health issues. It’s ok- and you can get professional help to support your well-being. You should check out his new invention below to help encourage people and let them know they are valued.
4 Questions With ZenCharts’ Dan Callahan
Before becoming cofounder of the behavioral health EHR company ZenCharts (chief sponsor of Mental Health News Radio Network), Dan Callahan enjoyed a long career in human services. After earning a master’s in social work degree from Fordham University in New York City, he worked as a social worker and a certified addictions professional, in therapeutic, administrative, even executive capacities. His 30-year career also includes authoring two workbooks and coauthoring a training curriculum for the New York State Office of Mental Health.
What made him make the jump from human services to software? Mental Health News Radio Network host Kristin Walker recently caught up with Callahan to find out. For the story on what led Callahan to the EHR market, as well as how his personality aids him in helping effect positive changes in the behavioral health market, keep reading and listening.
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