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What’s it like growing up in Ohio as a Persian?

Sarah was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, and always knew she wanted to pursue a career in entertainment. She moved out to LA at age 23 where she started standup comedy and pursued writing and producing for TV at Loyola Marymount University. Her perspective is unique in that she grew up in the whitest part of America but went to Iran every year.

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“Comedy at its Crippling Best”

Host of The Funny Shrink podcast, Mike Cotayo is a comedian with Cerebral Palsy who uses his quick wit to help people forget their worries. He was part of the Short Bus Comedy Tour. Follow him here: @funnymanmikec

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SUICIDE PREVENTION PUNCHLINE PODCAST – Laura Stack – EDITED 06.22.20

Laura Stack is better known by her professional moniker, The Productivity Pro®. She is a Hall-of-Fame Speaker and corporate spokesperson for many major brands. Laura is a bestselling author of eight books on productivity and performance topics with a large social media following, and she has given keynote speeches and training seminars to major corporate, association, and government audiences for nearly 30 years. Laura Stack suddenly acquired the undesired wisdom of knowing what it’s like to lose one’s child. Soon after Johnny died, Laura filed for and received 501c3 nonprofit status for Johnny’s Ambassadors, Inc., with a mission is to educate parents and teens about the dangers of today’s high-THC marijuana on the developing adolescent mind. She hopes to help other parents, grandparents, teachers (and frankly all adults with teens in their lives) by honestly and boldly sharing Johnny’s story of his high-potency marijuana use and subsequent marijuana-induced psychosis and schizophrenia.

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River to Ocean: Living in the Flow of Wakefulness

Katherine Jansen-Byrkit, MPH, LPC received her Master’s in Public Health from University of Washington in 1992 and spent over a decade in Public Health managing violence prevention and teen health programs. But over time, she experienced an inner stirring. After a suicide attempt at 16, Katherine has dedicated her life to helping others do the same. In her book, River to Ocean, Katherine explores nine aspects of wakefulness, offering insights, practices, and her own and other’s inspirational stories from the field.

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Inside the Mind of an Actor

Farah Merani is an actor, voiceover performer, filmmaker, and advocate currently based in LA. She holds a Masters degree from Central Saint Martin’s College and is a graduate of the Drama Centre London. She has performed in Canada and the US, throughout Europe and in Russia. Some of her credits include: Call of Duty, Shadowhunters, Nikita, Lost Girl, Covert Affairs, and the upcoming feature film, Eat Wheaties!, featuring Tony Hale and Sarah Goldberg. In addition to being an actor, she has produced dozens of films with her company, Lifeguard Productions, co-founded a non-profit called Women on Screen, and contributes regularly on a variety of professional panels and conferences, speaking specifically to diversity and gender issues in the film industry. Presently, she is developing two limited series, as well as writing a children’s book and soon to be animated television show.

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Before You Kill Yourself

Leo Flowers is a comedian, life coach, and host of the “Before You Kill Yourself” podcast. He has appeared on Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen, was a runner-up in the San Francisco International Comedy Competition, and was a finalist in the 2011 Stand Up for Diversity competition. He has toured on the Shaved and Depraved Comedy Tour, and hosted both MTV’s “Sports Blender” and Starz “Staan’ ‘Dup,” and was featured on “Last Call from Carson Daly,” on NBC! He also shares his thoughts on mental health and Black Lives Matter.

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Reiki Master, Hypnotist, Neurolinguistic Programing Expert

Robert Doc Barham is a comedian and life coach. He was on Comedy Central’s Two Drink Minimum, Just For Laughs Festival Montreal, and HBO Comic Relief. He is a Reiki master and has training in hypnosis and neurolinguistic programming.

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Advocate with Borderline Personality Disorder

Andrea is a community mental health provider, artist, writer, and mental health advocate. She is also a Clinical Psychology graduate student working towards her doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Andrea uses her creativity to express her recovery journey and to advocate for individuals with mental health conditions.
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