Author:Paul Gilmartin

Pedophile Ring Survivor Anneke Lucas

Sold by her mother to a pedophile ring led by powerful politicians and aristocrats in her native Belgium, Anneke’s story is about more than just survival.  She talks about the ways her PTSD affects her life but also about the empathy she learned at a young age that inspires her to teach yoga in prisons, especially fellow survivors of sex-trafficking.

Click here to watch a documentary about Anneke 

Visit the website for her foundation LiberationPrisonYoga.com

Visit her Facebook page

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Melissa Villasenor

The 27 year-old comic/impressionist (America’s Got Talent) opens up people-pleasing, cutting, isolating, creating, bombing, tattoos, the comfort of solitary hobbies and the struggle to practice self-care.

Follow Melissa on Twitter @MelissaVComedy

Visit her website www.melissavillasenor.com

Check out Melissa’s Youtube Channel MelissaV87

This episode is sponsored by Squarespace.  For a free trail (no credit card required) and 10% off go to www.squarespace.com and use offer code MENTAL.

For tickets to Paul’s Sept 19th live show with guest Jackie Kashian or a video pass for all the podcasts that weekend at LAPodfest go to www.lapodfest.com and use the offer code “MENTAL” for $5 off.

For tickets to Paul’s show in Brooklyn Sept 27th with guest Lane Moore go to www.thebellhouseny.com

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Elyn Saks on Schizophrenia & Mental Health Law

The USC professor of law, psychiatry and psychology (in addition to a PhD in Psychoanalysis) talks about her history of schizophrenia, her multiple hospitalizations and how she has learned to manage it.  They also talk about mental health and the law.

For tickets to Paul’s Sept 19th live show with guest Jackie Kashian or a video pass for all the podcasts that weekend at LAPodfest go to www.lapodfest.com and use the offer code “MENTAL” for $5 off.

For tickets to Paul’s show in Brooklyn Sept 27th with guest Lane Moore go to www.thebellhouseny.com

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Glenn Rockowitz

The comedian, writer (Rodeo in Joliet and Saturday Night Live) and voice actor opens up about his ongoing battles with cancer, how being told 20 years ago that he had “three months to live” changed his life and how difficult he finds it to ask for help.

Purchase Glenn’s book Rodeo in Joliet.   Follow him on Twitter @Justaride

This episode is sponsored by Iodine’s new app, Start. For a free download go to www.iodine.com/mentalpod.”

For tickets to Paul’s Sept 19th live show with guest Jackie Kashian or a video pass for all the podcasts that weekend at LAPodfest go to www.lapodfest.com and use the offer code “MENTAL” for $5 off.

For tickets to Paul’s show in Brooklyn Sept 27th with guest Lane Moore go to www.thebellhouseny.com

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Samantha Finkelstein

The registered dietitian shares about the huge importance that was placed on food growing up in her family, how she used it to soothe instead of finding a healthy way to express her emotions and how it morphed into an eating disorder.

Read Sam’s blog www.nerdygirlnutrition.com   Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @SamTheDietitian.

This episode is sponsored by the Out of the Darkness Chicagoland Community Walk  www.chicagowalk.org

For tickets to Paul’s Sept 19th live show with guest Jackie Kashian or a video pass for all the podcasts that weekend at LAPodfest go to www.lapodfest.com and use the offer code “MENTAL” for $5 off.

For tickets to Paul’s show in Brooklyn Sept 27th with guest Lane Moore go to www.thebellhouseny.com

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Jason Ickovitz

The Licensed Family and Marriage Therapist opens up about the verbal abuse he endured as a kid from a father who pushed him to excel in baseball, and how therapy not only helped him cope but made him realize he wanted to be a therapist.

This episode is sponsored by the Out of the Darkness Chicagoland Community Walk  www.chicagowalk.org

For tickets to Paul’s Sept 19th live show with guest Jackie Kashian or a video pass for all the podcasts that weekend at LAPodfest go to www.lapodfest.com  For $5 off use offer code “MENTAL”.

For tickets to Paul’s show in Brooklyn Sept 27th with guest Lane Moore go to www.thebellhouseny.com

For mental health resources discussed on the show, visit Teenline at www.teenlineonline.org or HelpGuide at www.helpguide.org

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Gladys A.

The 26 year-old adoptee (from Paraguay) shares about growing up with an emotionally disturbed sibling and single mom, experiencing racism at her all-white school, and turning to porn and escorting to pay the bills while pursuing her dream of screenwriting.  She currently volunteers at the Sex Workers Outreach Project LA Sex Workers Outreach Project LA

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