Thanks for tuning into our podcast: Mental Note 

We are excited to share with you Mental Note, our ERC podcast that highlights both the work and the beauty of mental health recovery. Our stories span a variety of mental illness struggles and we introduce you to relatable personalities with in-depth conversations into how they chose health amidst daunting illnesses.
At the end of it all, this podcast provides hope that recovery is possible—and worth it. We hope you find are inspired by these real-life stories. Enjoy!
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Episode 23: You! #MyRecoveryLetter

Every year in honor of Eating Recovery Day, we flip the script and devote our whole show to the recovery letters of those who listen. Today you’ll hear from people in recovery, family members, service providers, and other loved ones. You finding your voice on the road to recovery is why we make this show — it’s an absolute honor to give you a platform.
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Episode 22: Cheryl Strayed - Why Your Story Matters 

What if your story has the potential to reshape the world?

Cheryl Strayed is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Wild, the New York Times bestsellers Tiny Beautiful Things and Brave Enough, and the novel Torch. Her books have been translated into nearly forty languages around the world and have been adapted for both the screen and the stage — winning numerous awards along the way.

Cheryl recently sat down for a Q&A with Mental Note where she shared special insights on why it’s so critical to be the author of your own journey.

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Episode 21: Obstacles in Recovery - How to Cope with Anxiety, Depression and PTSD 

Have you ever felt crippled by anxiety and the traumatic effects of life? If so, join us for this enlightening episode as we hear from McCall Dempsey (you may remember her from episode #14). She shares the process of choosing to stay in eating disorder recovery even in the midst of depression, trauma and PTSD. Cultivating the art of coping allowed her to thrive in extremely difficult situations and shows us all that recovery is a process of living fully.

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Episode 20: Generational Truama - How Genocide and Poverty Influenced One Daughter's Body Image 

Johanna Kandel grew up the daughter of parents who survived the Holocaust and with roots in deep poverty - traumas that continued to shape her life even though she was born long after they occurred. We explore how her body image issues and eating disorder unfolded and why it took years to receive a diagnosis and find treatment.

We also discuss helpful steps to getting a diagnosis if a medical provider is not clued in so that you can access recovery. 

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Episode 19: Take Me Out of the Ball Game - Pro Athlete Mike Marjama Talks Eating Disorders and Baseball 

It takes an incredible amount of will, talent, and work to become a major league baseball player. So why did the former catcher for the Seattle Mariners, Mike Marjama, give it all up to share his story?
This special Q&A with Mike and his mom takes a look at how we can better equip each other to live full lives, accomplish great things, and rethink traditional masculinity. 

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Episode 18: Who Needs Diets Anyway?

We're dipping our toes into the world of Christie Dondero Bettwy. After a long history of dieting to get others’ approval and falling into an eating disorder, she is fighting back against assumptions that hurt far more people than they help. 

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Episode 17: A Parent's Journey 

What happens when your child is diagnosed with an eating disorder? Where do you go for help? How does it affect your community? When Beth Ayn's daughter received a diagnosis of anorexia, she set out on a journey that led her to unexpected places.

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Episode 16: Diets No More - Andy McLoughlin 

We sit down with Andy McLoughlin and talk about his lifelong journey to shed the darkness of his Binge Eating Disorder and embrace a fulfilling life. 

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Episode 15: More Than My OCD - Moving Beyond Compulsion 

Sunnie never knew she had OCD.

Join us as we journey with her through the process of dividing her own identity from that of the disorder. Along the way, we'll discover just how good life can be. 

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Episode 14: Smashing Scales - McCall Turns the Tables on Weight Loss at Any Cost 

There once was a 14-year-old girl named McCall who didn’t know how to fit into her own body. Her resulting sadness launched a 15-year long journey through the pitfalls of dieting pills, along the cliff edge of weight loss at any cost, down the narrow path of making a choice to recover, and into the breakthrough of discovering an antidote to shame.

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Episode 13: Parents Make all the Difference - Celebrating Father's Day with David Bachman 

We’re taking the opportunity to celebrate Father’s Day by talking with a pretty amazing dad. David Bachman is the father of two boys, one of which began battling Anorexia Nervosa at age 12. 

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Episode 12: The Journey of Transgender Recovery: Ryan Sallans' Story 

Today, we're sitting down with Ryan Sallans - an author and speaker who shares about life as a trans-man. His story highlights that destructive coping is not a long-term solution, that cultivating awareness offers a practical way forward without minimizing emotions, and the uniqueness of eating disorders in the trans community as a way to look more masculine.

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Special #MyRecoveryLetter Episode: Celebrating Eating Recovery Day 

On this special episode, we listen to you in celebration of Eating Recovery Day on May 1st!

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Episode 10: With a Little Help from my Furry Friend  

We are sitting down with Shannon Kopp. She made it through a family divided by alcoholism, personal struggles with bulimia, and into a future where she is thriving – all with the help of some friends who barely understood a word she said, yet generously gave the love they had with wet noses and furry kisses.

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Episode 9: Baby Body? Pregnancy and Body Image with Lauren Hil 

Join us as we talk frankly with Lauren Hill about her experiences with body image and pregnancy. We'll discuss what's most important for our bodies and our family during and after birth, how partners, friends, and family can support us best, and how to navigate this unique time with love.

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Episode 8: Trouble in the NFL 

Patrick Devenny walks us through how he suddenly found himself facing a diagnosis of bulimia… and how he was able to find a way out. Along the way we talk with Rebecca McConville, a registered dietician, board certified sports specialist, eating disorder clinician and co-host of the podcast Phit for a Queen.

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Episode 7: Living With Bipolar 

Discover the upending world of Bipolar and learn how Ana has found a new sense of equilibrium and purpose in her life through a strong support system, letting go of perfection, and cultivating valuable skills to navigate uncertainty. 

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Episode 6: Good Grief 

Join us as we talk with Laura and her Mom, Mary Ellen, about how to honor loss and make space for hope in our holiday celebrations.

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Episode 5: Up From "Down Under"

Robyn Cruze’s journey teaches us about the comorbidity between substance use and eating disorders, how coping mechanisms and life passions provide alternatives to destructive behavior, and that there's no "perfect time" for recovery--the sooner, the better. 

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Episode 4: Gorge 

Join us as we talk with Kara Richardson Whitely, author of the book Gorge, about her lifelong journey towards recovery from Binge Eating Disorder and its ramifications in her life.

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Episode 3: Drag Queen Wisdom 

Life for someone like Eric Dorsa can look pretty fabulous. Yet, getting to this place proved far from easy. Along the way he had to grapple with a life-threatening eating disorder, drug and alcohol abuse, and an underlying self-hatred that continually thwarted the life he longed to live.

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Episode 2: At Any Age

Kelli's life seemed perfect from the outside: mother of two, active in church, a successful career, and loving husband. However, her story is a little more complicated than that.  

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Episode 1: Nicole's Story 

Meet Nicole and get to know her through some snapshots! Her story is featured on the first Mental Note podcast episode and she's sure to inspire hope for anyone's life journey.

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