Many members of the Mental Health News Radio Network team of podcasters offer public speaking services to colleges, organizations, business, and more. Explore our public speaking services from the bios below and request a booking or more information.
“Stephen has a true servant’s heart! His drive to help others so selflessly represents his passion and calling. His gift is his ability to connect with others on such a real level.”
“Working with Stephen was a pleasure. He created a comfortable atmosphere where it was easy to talk with him. Being in the mental health field for the past 30 years and the Fire Service for 28 years, knowing Stephen was a firefighter and is open with his own mental health, made it natural for me to discuss the sensitive topics of behavioral health and treatment. Further, Stephen’s professionalism as the host was recognized and appreciated. I would easily talk with him again on his podcast and recommend others to do the same.”
Stephen is a man who has been given the gift of many experiences in life. For most of his adult life, he was a 911 Paramedic. He also had the honor of serving as a rescue worker at the World Trade Center on 9- 11-01 in NYC. He has seen tragedy and suffering first hand for many years. Little was he aware that he was the one who needed the saving. Through seeking peace within by using all things external, he wound up desperate, broken and destroyed in every way. He is now grateful to be a man in long term recovery from substance abuse and the effects of childhood and adult trauma. His goal is simple, to use his experience to connect, offer hope, give you a voice. He has expertise in Emergency Medical Care, First Responder PTSD and Substance Abuse issues, Recovery Coaching, Intervention, Leadership, and Spiritual Studies. His podcast, Rescue the Rescuer, is one of the most popular podcasts on Mental Health News Radio Network.
“Prior to working with Dr. Day, I thought boundaries were a barrier to intimacy in my relationships. I have now learned that boundaries are the key to healthy communication and getting my needs and wants met. With Dr. Day’s help, I have learned to be true to myself, and authentic in my relationships family, friends, and co-workers. The examples she uses in her teaching makes it easy to apply healthy boundaries to my daily interactions”
“Dr. Lisa Day is an invaluable resource on our professional council at the Nook Online. She offers subject-matter expertise on topics such as healthy boundaries, mental fitness, and relationships to our audience of busy women seeking support through personal and professional growth. Dr. Day was instrumental in helping me navigate the exit of my own (previous) business I founded, helping me to first establish healthy boundaries with my business partner and then coaching me through the decision making and ultimately exit process. Dr. Day combines an incredible level of expertise with an empathetic approach to her work, unlike any psychologist I’ve encountered before.”
Dr. Day is both a Registered Nurse and Licensed Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist. She has over 25 years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, attachment, behavioral/medical issues, addiction, relationships, interpersonal boundary concerns, work/life balance, major life adjustments, divorce recovery, crisis, grief, forgiveness, and loss. She has worked with a variety of populations, including working with adolescents and adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Furthermore, Dr. Day has worked extensively assisting individuals to identify and reach their full potential in their social and occupational endeavors.
Dr. Day is an expert in assisting clients to develop healthy boundaries, to integrate healthy communication skills, and to utilize mindfulness in applying healthy coping skills to deal with the stressors resulting from life’s challenges.
Dr. Day also enjoys being a podcast host on both the, “Meier Clinic Podcast” and “The Nook”. Podcast titles include… “How To Be Me Without Losing You: Boundaries”, “Undiagnosed ADHD in Women”, “Growing Up With a Narcissistic Mother”, “Forgiveness and Mental Health, The True Freedom”, “Finding Your Truth in the New Year”, and “Emotionally Destructive Relationships”. She is the host of Meier Clinics Podcast on Mental Health News Radio Network.
“This was one of the most amazing sessions I have ever been to. I bought the book, started reading it as soon as I got back into town and finished it last night. I’m going to buy several copies just to hand out to people I know would benefit from reading it and can identify with Jann’s story. It was beneficial for me to read an account of an adult who went through many of the traumas I see in my juvenile clients, and yet turned her narrative from one of suffering and despair into triumph and success. I rarely get to see that in my role. I keep thinking how this would be such a perfect book for Oprah’s book club. I have no idea how to make that pitch, but it would be an inspirational story to highlight on a national stage.”
“Shari’s expertise on the subject of trauma and the impact it has on the brain was fascinating. Jann’s story was both heartbreaking and inspiring.”
Shari has been an Executive Director, Founder and Consultant for many inpatient and outpatient treatment facilities over the course of her career. She is currently the Executive Director of Fire Mountain Treatment Center and is an Adjunct Professor for several universities, where she teaches Crisis/Trauma, Therapy, Psychopathology and Management/Administration. Since a young age, Shari has studied resiliency and the enduring self-sabotaging thoughts that are often the result of trauma. She is co-author of Which Way?, a memoir and psychological handbook on trauma for survivors, clinicians, and anyone who wants to understand and celebrate just how resilient the human spirit is. Shari and Jann speak across the country at corporate events, retreats, treatment facilities, universities and church groups, reminding others that the path we choose leads us to the life we were destined to have.
After devoting much of her adult life to raising her two daughters, Jann launched a successful 15-year career as an Executive Administrator in the banking industry. Jann is now retired and enjoying her life to the fullest. She thrives in her roles as mother and grandmother. She spends her time volunteering, painting and traveling. She began speaking at treatment facilities, followed by university classrooms upon her daughter’s urging. The overwhelming response she received when telling her story prompted the idea of writing, Which Way? Sharing her journey through the book and during speaking engagements with Shari has brought her internal peace and hope for others.
Shari and Jann have a podcast called Which Way? on the Mental Health News Radio Network.
I have four post-graduate degrees including an MS in human physiology, an MD, a Duke Medical School psychiatry residency and a seminary degree started at Trinity Seminary in Chicago and completed at Dallas Theological Seminary, so I am open to a host of topics you may want me to share my views on. But three topics I most commonly teach are topics seldom ever even discussed–topics most people know very little about but are the most powerful influences in your personal and professional lives:
I am a Duke-educated Psychiatrist who, at age 74 in 2019, still goes home from seeing clients feeling really good about having improved their quality of life. To help as many people as possible I have written over 100 books that sold 8 million copies in 30 languages, with two featured on the Opra Winfrey Show. In 1976 I founded a national chain of Meier psychiatric and counseling clinics which are now non-profit and have received two million dollars every yeat to help the less fortunate from the Bush, Obama and Trump administrations. I am considered by many to be a founding father of an international movement to integrate spirituality with mental and physical health. For over 20 years I did a national, prime-time, live radio talk show to an average of 2 million listeners daily, 5 days a week, on over 400 stations. It was called THE MEIER CLINIC. I also had a weekly TV show called PSYCHIATRY AND YOU. I also travelled to many countries throughout the world to give seminars to professionals and often the general population as well–countries that include South America, Europe, Cuba, Russia, and five years in a row to Israel. I now do an international podcast with Kristin Sunanta Walker called MENTAL HEALTH NEWS RADIO. I don’t have any retirement plans because I love doing these things and hope to keep educating and seeing clients as long as I am able. Speaking to YOUR group, if I succeed in improving your quality of life, will continue the fulfillment of my lifetime joy and desire.
“A Master Storyteller – Dr. Charity is a master storyteller who effortlessly captures and keeps the audience’s attention. Her commanding stage presence far surpasses that of many speakers that I’ve seen. She is the Malcolm Gladwell of physician speakers.”
MD Physician Keynote Speaker and founder of KevinMD
“Absolutely Fantastic and Engaging – Dr. Charity, through her story connected with women in attendance on a personal and professional level. She generated the emotion and the image we were looking for to motivate and inspire every woman in attendance.”
– Chaune Fitzgerald
Founder and President Women of Wisdom Tri-Cities WA
Lynette Charity MD is a Board-Certified Anesthesiologist with over 40 years of experience “putting people to sleep”. Her journey to becoming a physician began in 1966 in segregated Virginia where she was one of the first Blacks to transfer to a White high school. She refused to listen to the naysayers telling her that “No medical school’s gonna take a Colored girl.” She was a straight A student, a member of the National Honor Society and a National Merit Scholar and because of this was awarded a four-year academic scholarship to college and was accepted to Tufts University School of Medicine her junior year. She received her MD degree in 1978. For the past 7 years, as an international Physician Keynote speaker and humorist, she has been “waking people up” to issues such as stress, burnout and depression, using techniques she learned while doing open mic stand-up comedy. Drawing on her vast experience dealing with racism, sexism and now ageism, she delivers personal and powerful stories that educate and inspire. In her recent TedxTalk “Heal the Healers”, she shares her personal story of depression and the stigma associated with this diagnosis as a physician.
“Erin Mahone is exactly the type of artist we love to present to our community… she’s a talented singer, dynamic and honest storyteller and humorist, a skilled author, and her work opens eyes, shatters stereotypes and really sticks with you. Audience members came to find me in the days following Erin’s show to share how much it meant to them and how glad they are to have participated.”
Northern Virginia JCC
“Erin Mahone puts mental illness front and center, thereby beginning to dissolve its stigma. The fact that she does so with humor and grace simply makes her achievement that much more impressive. I cannot think of anyone who would walk away unchanged.”
-Fred Orelove, Ph.D.
Author, Educator, Advocate
“Erin created a piece that not only captured our vision but was also funny and charming. She was adaptable, creative and down right fantastic to work with.”
Director, The Family to Family Network
Erin Mahone creates space for difficult conversations about mental health in all areas of life. She provides her audiences with tips for recognizing their inner critic and offers proven strategies to develop self-compassion and quiet the voice of resistance with humor, passion, and humility with the intention of changing the way we talk about mental health and related issues.
Great leaders must first learn to lead themselves through darkness into the light. Modern visionaries are flexible, they value relationships, and most of all they possess radical self-acceptance which recognizes the innate value in life’s challenges. In “If You Could See Me: Holding it all Together with Duct Tape”, Erin Mahone provides her audiences with tips for recognizing their inner critic and offers proven strategies to develop self-compassion and quiet the voice of resistance with humor, passion, and humility.
Erin Mahone is the author of the book If You Could See Me: Life, Motherhood, and the Pursuit of Sanity (Motivational Press, 2018). She is the creator of #IfYouCouldSeeMe a multi-media storytelling project, which includes live events, a podcast on the Mental Health News Radio Network, an open submission blog, and more – designed to change the way we talk about, think about, and address mental health and related issues. Erin leads ReStory, a personal narrative coaching initiative, and she is creator of two one-woman shows, It Runs in the Family a collection of songs and stories about laughter, family, mental illness, and unconditional love; and her new show Shark Woman Meditates, an honest look into her own mental health journey. Erin is pursuing her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Longwood University focusing on Narrative Therapy and it effectiveness in the treatment of complex trauma. She is a recent TEDx presenter and speaks frequently on the intersection of creativity, compassion, and change. She lives in Virginia with her husband, three children, and a furbaby named Kismet.
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I have had the privilege of hearing Dr. Kristina Hallett speak numerous times, not only on my podcast The Big Talk, but also at both NYC Speaker Salon Showcases. She is also an inaugural speaker at my new event, Speakers Who Dare. Each and every time Kristina takes the stage, she treats the moment with sacred care. She is adeptly in tune with the room and the audience. Her years in the wellness space make her profoundly empathetic and dialed in. She is also incredibly charismatic, joyous and funny. She knows how to be herself in every situation on and off the stage. She knows how to communicate from a stage so that you feel what she’s feeling. She knows how to deliver keynotes, mini-talks, fireside chats and panels in a way that is authoritative and still relatable. If you want the audience to be moved to action while feeling a sense of warmth and safely, Dr. Kristina Hallett is the speaker for your conference and event.
-T.B., AWARD WINNING DIRECTOR, WRITER, FILMMAKER, SPEAKERS WHO DARE; TEDXLINCOLNSQUARE
Kristina has a gift! Regardless of the platform that Kristina is working from, presenting at a conference, delivering a keynote or interviewing a guest on her podcast, she this ability to compassionately and succinctly deliver valuable information in a way that makes a listener tune in! Immediately I was drawn to her professional knowledge and wanted to learn more. I can personally attest that her Executive Coaching strategies moved me through professional blocks and helped me redefine my Own Awesome!
– A.O.N., STAKEHOLDER; LICENSED CLINICIAN, NATIONAL MASS VIOLENCE AND VICTIM RESOURCE CENTER
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KRISTINA IS AN EXPERT ON
Dr. Kristina Hallett is a board-certified clinical psychologist, associate professor at Bay Path University, executive coach, author and speaker who specializes in harnessing the positive power of stress, self-compassion and radical self-care. She helps driven professionals banish burnout and develop skills to make stress work to their advantage to increase focus, productivity and well-being. She shares an approach to living through changes in mindset, perspective, core beliefs and everyday practices that enhances resilience, leadership, communication and performance.
“Hello there! We were the group of kids who went to talk to you after your talk at Peak to Peak today about our podcast. I happened to have a study hall first, so I’m writing the email. We just started out just over a month ago, with our first episode released on March 8th. We’re just a group of friends that realized we have strong opinions on topics. The main theme of our podcast is anything relatable to youth in today’s society. We’ve covered issues of homework, student rights in school, relationships, friendships, and some more lighthearted ones as well.
We plan to do some more on mental health, LGBTQ+ issues, family issues, and a lot more.
We’re dedicated, we’re passionate, and we’re not going to give up.
Here’s the link to our YouTube channel: tinyurl.com/youthpodcast
Thank you for speaking at our school, thank you for helping people, thank you for doing what
Owner and President Aaron Huey is an internationally known speaker who has worked alongside tens of thousands of adult participants who were ready to trade their distractions for directions. He is also a Parent Coach for parents of kids at risk, a teen addiction interventionist, and host of Colorado, Canada, and Australia’s #1 Parenting Podcast, ‘Beyond Risk and Back’, supporting parents, clinicians, counselors, and others working with teens who struggle.
Dr. David Vigerust is one of the foremost experts on the clinical application of genetically guided precision healthcare. It remains an honor and privilege to work with him on manuscript writing and lecturing. We have asked Dr. Vigerust to lecture to our BaleDoneen community on several occasions. The audience appreciates his knowledge, delivery, and grasp of genetics, biology, laboratory testing and precision healthcare.
– Dr. Amy Doneen DNP
Medical Director, Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention Center
Clinical Associate Professor Washington State University College of Medicine
Adjunct Professor Texas Tech Health Sciences, School of Nursing
Assistant Professor University of Kentucky College of Dentistry
Dr. David Vigerust is a revered colleague. His knowledge of genetics is superb. He is an expert at translating genetics into precision healthcare. It has been an honor and pleasure to listen to his presentations about precision medicine anchored in genetic testing. He would definitely enhance any speaker’s bureau on this subject.
– Bradley Bale, M.D
Clinical Associate Professor WSU College of Medicine
Assistant Professor University of Kentucky College of Dentistry
Adjunct Professor School of Nursing, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center
Dr. Vigerust is a strategic scientist, consultant, teacher, and inventor, particularly in the areas of infectious disease, oncology, genetics, pharmacogenetics (PGx) and immunology. Dr. Vigerust earned his BS degree from the University of Texas at El Paso in Biology and Chemistry, a MS degree in Immunology and Microbiology from Texas Tech University and his Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Pathology from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He completed postdoctoral training in infectious disease first at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and second at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. After completing his fellowships in 2009, he joined the faculty of the Pathology, Immunology and Microbiology Department at Vanderbilt School of Medicine and was concurrently a Health Research Scientist for the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Vigerust currently maintains an Adjunct Assistant Professor position at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in the Department of Neurological Surgery. Dr. Vigerust’s academic and research interests focus around areas of precision medicine in cardiology, diagnostics, infectious disease, innate immunity, traumatic brain injury, neuro-oncology, neuroinflammation, and neurodegeneration (ALS, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy and Spinal Muscular Atrophy). Dr. Vigerust has been widely published, including studies in Clinical Diabetes, Future Cardiology, and Future Neurology. Dr. Vigerust was a presenter at 2016 TEDxNashville on the subject of precision medicine.
Any type of audience, but she specialize in serving people with mental illness/family members mental health professionals, and college students.
“For the past 19 years I’ve had the honor of hosting the event and the highlight of the event is the keynote speaker who has both personal and professional knowledge of the multiple challenges in the recovery process. Hufsa Ahmad was our keynote speaker this year and bottom-line is that she was the most skilled, passionate, inspirational and entertaining speaker we have had during those years. Her articulate, wise, and compassionate presentation of her story resulted in a well-deserved standing ovation. I would recommend her as a speaker without hesitation and we hope to have her speak again in the future.”
-Jeff Thrash, CEO of Mental Health Association, Orange County
“Hufsa first made her presence known seven years ago as a volunteer for the NAMI Walk committee. Hufsa has made countless speeches advocating for those living with mental illness and has played an important role in destigmatizing mental illness here in Orange County. Hufsa’s quick wit and candid conversation makes her relatable to audiences regardless of their composition; family members, peers, providers, and friends in the community! Hufsa is just an excellent example of one person making a difference.”
-Steve Pitman, President of the NAMI-OC, former President of NAMI National
Hufsa Ahmad is a Pakistani-American, Muslim woman pursuing a Master of Social Work who lives with mental illness and has survived 3 suicide attempts. She has given 2 TEDx talks on mental illness and presented keynotes all around the U.S. Having transformed from a victim of her illness to a champion of recovery, she dedicates her life to helping other individuals with mental health diagnoses find treatment, recovery, and peace, as well as change the world’s view of mental health. She has served in the mental health field for 7 years as a social worker, advocate and Dayle McIntosh Center for the Disabled Board Vice-President. In addition, Hufsa is a rising standup comedian who has performed all over the country, including at Ice House and Flappers Clubs in LA and Laughlin Laughfest. She was featured on Signature Bits on Spotify and Amazon.
“Thanks SO much, you (as you know) are a serious bad ass interviewer, in the same league as Terry Gross…I ‘m honored to be on your show!”
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-Will Henshall, CEO
“Kristin is the consummate professional offering consultation and advice for the good of the cause. She passionately waves the flag for behavioral health and advises clients for THEIR best interest and not anyone else’s, i.e., she does the right thing. Kristin has deep knowledge about the industry that can’t be trained….she just knows. Most importantly she is a very hard working trusted partner with whom you can feel good about working. I can’t recommend Kristin highly enough.”
VP of Sales, 98point6, Inc.
“I caught Kristin’s speech about podcasting and running a multi-media network in mental health. She was asked to be the keynote at a NAMI conference and against all odds, she knocked it out of the park. Well, rarely can someone pull off a 90 minute talk and include audience participation, after their PowerPoint slide deck flatly refused to operate. She did it, with aplomb. If you had walked in a few minutes late you would have never guessed that she’d planned to use PowerPoint and that it would not start. She was warm, vulnerable, and passionate drawing the audience in and involving them in a way that felt less like a speech and more like a one on one conversation with hundreds of people. She is not afraid to tackle difficult topics at the drop of a hat and when asked to discuss social media addiction, something she had not been prepared to do, in true Kristin Walker style, she switched gears ‘mid-flight,’ talked about it as she had planned to cover it all along and ended up with a line of people requesting her to keynote at their organizations, on social media addictions, the moment she walked off the stage. It was a wonderful mix of planned keynote and off-the-cuff, on-the-fly magic.”
– Frank King
The Mental Health Comedian
Kristin Sunanta Walker has been working and volunteering in the behavioral health field for over twenty five years. Her consulting firm, everythingEHR, focuses solely on helping Behavioral Health organizations navigate the often arduous task of determining if their current electronic healthcare record is sufficient or they need to acquire a new system. She is hired by large agencies and state and county wide mental health organizations and networks. She also works with EHR vendors on updating their software to better serve the mental health community. She is on the board of several mental health organizations and is a national speaker about electronic healthcare records and mental health initiatives.
She is also the CEO of Mental Health News Radio Network – the first podcast and digital media network dedicated to mental health in the world. Born from her popular podcast downloaded in over 170 countries and on the air for over seven years, Mental Health News Radio. Her podcast network has some of the brightest minds and organizations in mental health and addiction totaling over 50 unique podcasts. With a mental health dedicated speakers bureau, docu-series/film initiative, as well as, being a founder member of Digital Tech Initiative, Kristin helms a vast enterprise dedicated to advocacy and social benefit.
“I can’t thank you enough for your words…that was the exact message I needed to hear at just the right time. You are absolutely amazing. I can’t be more impressed with your mission.”
-Rebecca, Teacher, New Jersey
“You could hear a pin drop in the auditorium. She was relatable. She was funny. She was down to earth. Most importantly, she was inspiring.”
-Jess D., Counselor, New Jersey
“Erin is an interesting and innovative speaker with more energy than you could ever imagine.”
-Vicki Wells, Co-President of the Medford Women’s Club
Erin Lawler Patterson is the Goodness Chick. Her passion is to empower students to kick butt in life rather than feeling as though life is kicking their butts. Erin focuses on the importance of prioritizing mental health, decision making and using one’s past to fuel them rather than consume them. She uses humor and personal experience to make uncomfortable topics comfortable while resonating encouragement and inspiration.
Erin is an international motivational speaker, podcaster, author, counselor and life coach. For nearly twenty years Erin has addressed the issues of mental health, addiction, healthy relationships, and empowerment across the country and abroad. She inspires and encourages students and helps them to be able to identify healthy, life changing levels of living.
Description of talk: The challenges faced during college can feel like a butt kicking! Balancing grades, finances, social life, personal challenges and mental health can be daunting. Students will connect with Erin’s outgoing personality, relatability and sense of humor while learning how to identify ways to reduce stress and increase quality of living.
Diversity Topic: In Erin’s junior year of college her sister, Shana, and her three friends were killed by a drunk driver on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The drunk driver received 69 years in prison and is currently still serving her sentence. The day of the crash at least six people witnessed the driver intoxicated. No one said anything. Silence can and has claimed lives. Following the loss of her sister Erin worked and traveled through Europe for a year. It was during this time that her motivation to be fueled by loss rather than consumed by it clicked.
During her talks Erin discusses the domino effect that driving under the influence and binge drinking often causes and how offenders, victims and silent observers are often harmed.
Leah is a licensed clinical social worker, master’s level nutritionist, certified personal trainer, health coach, blogger and podcaster. But, what she wants you to know is that she is much more than those credentials. She is a three-time cancer survivor, both ovarian and breast cancer. Her story is one of courage, humility, vulnerability and inspiration. She believes that we are all connected through our shared humanity and can find comfort and strength in telling our stories.
Johnnie Calloway is a Certified Thought Coach, certification by IFTT, (Institute For Transformational Thinking). A thirty-four-year follower of the Twelve Step communities and a thirty-one-year student and facilitator of ACIM, (A Course in Miracles). Through these formats he has come to believe in the power of thought, and has seen first hand how changing your thoughts, miraculously changes your life.
Having spent the last thirty-four years seeking the spiritual tools needed to heal from the dysfunction of his upbringing. By combining the spiritual principals of both the Twelve Steps and ACIM his personal healing and recovery have been nothing short of amazing. The insights he has acquired as the result of his own desperation are heartwarming and practical. Johnnie’s simple and personal approach to healing is contagious and leaves you wanting to grow with him.
His purpose; is simple to help others find the peace he has found. By openly sharing his own pursuit of peace and his determination to heal, he brings to us all, the hope for deep inner healing.
He will help many forgive the unforgivable, find peace in the chaos of life, and find the one thing that we all search for, self-love and understanding. He shares with us through his books, podcasts, blogging, classes, coaching and his speaking. He is constantly looking for new ways the help others recover.
He is available: