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 realife stories. Enjoy!

Episode 1: Nicole's Story
Episode 2: At Any Age
Episode 3: Drag Queen Wisdom
Episode 4: Gorge
Episode 5: Up From "Down Under"
Episode 6: Good Grief 
Episode 7: Living With Bipolar
Episode 8: Trouble in the NFL
Episode 9: Baby Body?
Episode 10: With a Little Help From my Furry Friends
Special #MyRecoveryLetter Episode: Celebrating Eating Recovery Day
Episode 12- The Journey of Transgender Recovery: Ryan Sallans’ Story
Episode 13: Parents Make all the Difference – Celebrating Father's Day with David Bachman
Episode 14: Smashing Scales - McCall Turns the Tables On Weight Loss at Any Cost
Episode 15: More Than My OCD - Moving Beyond Compulsion
Episode 16: Diets No More - Andy McLoughlin
Episode 17: A Parent's Journey 

Meet the Host!

Ellie is a joyful gal who loves to spend time traveling, doing yoga, painting, and meeting new people. She spends her days working with patients, alumni and families of Eating Recovery Center and Insight Behavioral Health. In addition, she is a Licensed Professional Counselor and an Adjunct Professor. Ellie is curious about the world and people’s stories, and is excited to bring them to you through this podcast! 

 

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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. 


 

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.  Listen below to hear more.

Episode 3: Drag Queen Wisdom

Life for someone like Eric Dorsa can look pretty fabulous. He’s one of San Antonio's hottest drag queens, his TED talk has been viewed over 240,000 times, and he has a host of people who love and support him daily.

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.
 

Episode 4: Gorge

How often do you associate binge eating with trekking to the top of the highest peak in Africa? We thought so... 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 it's ramifications in her life. She'll take us from the roots of her disorder, all the way up to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro as we dig into this highly misunderstood disease. www.kararichardsonwhitely.com

 

Episode 5: Up From "Down Under"

Robyn Cruze lived an adventurous life to say the least--an actor from an early age, she's chased big dreams, failed in even bigger ways, and not only survived but has discovered a fullness of life she never thought possible. Her 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. 

 

Episode 6: Good Grief

The holidays are not always Hallmark-card-perfect. Sometimes they are just as much a reminder of who we have lost in our lives as those we are grateful to have. 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.
 

Episode 7: Living With Bipolar

Ana Agarrat fills up the room. She’s bubbly & gregarious—the type of person that, upon meeting her, you assume she’s one of those people who has it all together. Yet, perceptions are misleading. 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. 

Episode 8: Trouble in the NFL

Professional athletes gain or lose potentially millions of dollars based on the way their body looks and performs. But what happens when the pursuit of perfection shipwrecks your life? Patrick Devenny walks us through how he suddenly found himself — a six foot, three inch, muscled, and fine tuned athlete — 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 cohost of the podcast Phit for a Queen.


 

 

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

We all see the dramatic photos of celebrities looking toned and thin immediately following the birth of their child... Is that really what we should strive for?
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. 

We also get the perspective of Kate Daigle, a Licensed Professional Counselor who is currently writing a book on fertility and eating disorders. 
www.katedaiglecounseling.com.

 

 

Episode 10: With a Little Help From my Furry Friends

On today’s episode, 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.

Check out our website for a free values sort! mentalnotepodcast.com

Also, Shannon has written about her journey and her book is phenomenal. You can pick it up on her website: shannonkopp.com.

 
 

Special #MyRecoveryLetter Episode: Celebrating Eating Recovery Day

On this special episode, we listen to you in celebration of Eating Recovery Day on May 1st! The responses we got from your gratitude letters were simply too good not to share and we wanted to present them back to you, allowing their power to speak for themselves. You are truly incredible and we love being part of the recovery community. 
 
Also, if you would still like to join in the #myrecoveryletter project, simply go to myrecoveryletter.com and follow the prompts.

 

 

Episode 12- The Journey of Transgender Recovery: Ryan Sallans’ Story

Just imagine feeling out of place in your own skin — that the actual physical container of your person just doesn’t mesh with what you know to be true. It would mean that every time you changed clothes, met new people, or went out in public, the world around you reminded you that while you may identify as one way, you definitely look another.

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.
 

 

 

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


We often deal with firsthand stories on this podcast and what happens when a person finally decides to tackle that seemingly unsurmountable journey towards health. But what about the people who walk alongside that person in struggle. Where’s their story?
 
Well, on today’s episode, 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. 
 
His story illuminates the role a father can play in recovery, the importance of self, marriage, and family care, & how discovering a “new normal” is critical for long-term success.
 

 

 

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.

Along the way, we'll chat with Dr. Ovidio Bermudez about the dangers of diet pills, Adderall, and laxatives. 
 

 

Episode 15: More Than My OCD - Moving Beyond Compulsion

Sunnie never knew she had OCD.

Rather, this mom of six simply soldiered on – doing her best to ignore the disturbing voices in her head. That is until a diagnosis finally opened her eyes to a whole new world where she could be free from her mental prison.

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. 

 

 

Episode 16: Diets No More - Andy McLoughlin 

Binge Eating Disorder is grossly underdiagnosed and can leave dramatical devastation in its wake. So how do you find your way in a culture that makes it so difficult for us to rise above diets, shame-based choices, and self-hatred? 

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

 

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. Eventually, she took those lessons and turned them into Stay Strong Virginia - a non-profit that helps other parents in similar circumstances. 
 


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