Podcast Episodes

Ex-CHP Officer Kevin Briggs

For many years the ex-highway patrolman’s beat was the Golden Gate Bridge. He shares about the encounters he had with people who wanted to jump and how he learned to get some of them to open up and change their minds. He also shares about his PTSD, surviving cancer and struggling to be a better parent. Kevin now travels the world speaking as a suicide prevention advocate.

Kevin’s organization is www.Pivotal-points.com
He can be reached at kevinbriggs@pivotal-points.com

This episode is sponsored by the mindfulness/meditation app Calm
download it for free at www.calm.mentalillnesspodcast.com



Sandra (Sex Nerd) Daugherty

The podcaster (Sex Nerd Sandra) shares some of her struggles (low self-esteem, depression, perfectionism) and shares about sex topics like: swinging, orgies, role play, polyamory and giving good blow jobs.

This episode is sponsored by SquareSpace.  For 10% off your first purchase go to www.squarespace.com and use offer code MENTAL

Follow Sandra on Twitter @SexNerdSandra

Visit her websites http://sexnerdsandra.com/



The books referenced were The Erotic Mind by Jack Morin

and Urban Tantra by Barbara Carrellas



Patti H

The 32 year-old postal employee shares about growing up with an alcoholic mom and stoner dad, her struggles with perfectionism, anxiety, co-dependency and fear of the unknown, and how altruism has helped her find peace and gratitude.

This episode is sponsored by www.Penzu.com

This episode is sponsored by www.Harrys.com


Guy Branum

The 40 year-old writer/comedian (Chelsea Lately) and podcaster (Pop Rocket) talks about growing up gay in a small town, losing his father a few weeks ago and trying to deal with a mother who can’t accept him for who he is.

Follow Guy on Twitter @GuyBranum  Buy his album Effable  Listen to his podcast Pop Rocket.

This week’s episode is sponsored by Penzu.  To sign up for a free account, go to www.penzu.com

This week’s episode is also sponsored by Casper Mattresses.


Laura Kightlinger

The writer/performer (The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman, Lucky Louie, Will & Grace) opens up about being the product of a secret affair in a small town and being raised by a single mom with no boundaries.

Visit www.laurakightlinger.com or follow her on twitter @KingKightlinger

This episode is sponsored by www.Harrys.com  For a great deal on shaving supplies use offer code MENTALPOD


This episode is sponsored by www.penzu.com  –  a safe place to store your diary online.


Wynter Mitchell

The 36 year-old African American tech exec (Reddit) shares about being one of the first victims of online predators in 1995 when she was 14.  She shares about her PTSD, anxiety, depression, anger, weight and difficulty trusting men romantically as well as the ways it has strengthened her.

This episode is sponsored by SquareSpace.  For 10% off go to www.SquareSpace.com use offer code MENTAL.

This episode is sponsored by Audible.  For a free 30 day trial, go to www.audible.com/mental

This episode is sponsored by GoodTherapy.  To find a therapist that is right for you go to www.GoodTherapy.org

Follow Wynter on Twitter @WynterMitchell



Monica Hernandez

The 23 year-old shares about hitting an emotional bottom in college after a childhood/adolescence that included cutting, suicidal ideation, peer disconnect, shame, disordered eating, depression and sexual trauma.  She talks about how therapy and running have helped her make peace with her past, cope with the present and even find intimacy in a healthy relationship.


Brian Bogosian

The 38 year-old jeweler and support group friend of Paul’s opens up about being raised by an addict father in a hyper-sexual environment and his own battles with crack, heroin, alcohol and co-dependency.