Future of Mental Health

the podcast

Leaders in a new era of mental health. Marjorie Morrison and Patrick J. Kennedy talk to mental health advocates and activists that are paving the way for a better tomorrow. Listen as we feature the experts you need to be following and hear the stories behind their movements.

#51: Schroeder Stribling: Mental Health America President & CEO

Schroeder Stribling is the President and CEO of Mental Health America, the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all. She is a lifelong social justice advocate with over 20 years of experience managing organizations focused on mental health, homelessness, poverty, and racial justice. Her interesting journey has poised her for this challenge of running one of the nation's biggest and important organizations in mental health.

#50: 9-8-8: The New Crisis Hotline

with Kimberly Williams

We all know that the US is in a mental health crisis. Fortunately, 988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This week’s guest is Kimberly A. Williams, the President and CEO of the Vibrant Emotional Health. Join Marjorie Morrison and Patrick J. Kennedy for an in-depth discussion with Kim Williams on the 988 rollout and Vibrant’s other initiatives.

#49: What is Equity in Mental Health?

with Madhuri Jha, LCSW, MPH

Individuals from marginalized communities are not only more likely to experience mental health issues due to social determinants and institutionalized racism, they are less likely to have access to treatment for their concerns. It’s clear that increasing access to mental health care is vital to promote everyone’s health and wellness.

#48: Genetics and the Complexity of the Human Brain

with Matthew State, M.D.

Neurogeneticists are modern day astronauts, taking us into inner space instead of outer space to explore the undiscovered neurons and networks in our brains.

#47: Race and Mental Health

with Janet E. Helms, Ph.D

One of the good things that came out of the past few years has been a greater reckoning with and understanding about racism. The very systems embedded in American society treat people unequally based on their race. This affects how people of different races see themselves and interact with each other, which can impact a person’s mental health.

#46: Dr. Matthew Johnson on Psychedelics and Therapy

Stigma around psychedelics appears to be fading in this country. Interest in evidence-based ways to enhance treatment is on the rise - including research into the potential found by adding psilocybin–otherwise known as magic mushrooms–as well as MDMA, Ketamine, LSD, and Ayahuasca, especially with the expansion of mental health needs brought on by the pandemic.

#45: Kristen Dunphy, Creator of the Showtime Series 'Wakefield,' on Psychiatric Hospitals

In Wakefield, Kristen channeled her experience with mental illness into an art form to try to help reverse the stigma around mental health. Psychiatric hospitals are not typically portrayed in true fashion on TV, but are heavily stereotyped – which is part of the problem. 

Best of: Kenneth Paul Rosenberg, MD On Sex Addiction

Kenneth Paul Rosenberg, MD, is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Weill Cornell Medical College and New York Presbyterian Hospital, and a member of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, the Society for Sex Therapy and Research and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

#44: Sobriety and Recovering Out Loud with Kelsey Moreira

Kelsey Moreira, CEO of DOUGHP--a delicious brand of edible cookie dough--is in recovery from alcohol use disorder, and uses her platform to normalize recovery, both within her company and in the world at large. Join Marjorie Morrison and Patrick J. Kennedy for an in-depth conversation with Moreira as she talks about sobriety, breaking the stigma around mental health and being able to combine that with her love of baking.

#43: David Guth on Telehealth, Political Polarization, and Clinician Shortages

David Guth, is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Centerstone, one of the nation's largest behavioral health care providers. Join Marjorie Morrison and Patrick J. Kennedy for an in-depth discussion with Guth on the importance of telehealth, and the unique challenges it creates, as well as a wide-ranging conversation about the state of mental health in America today.

Best of: Johnny C. Taylor Jr. on America's Empathy Deficit

In this episode, we discuss the idea that furthering diversity was at the center of the 20th century, while inclusion is the issue of the 21st century. According to Taylor, CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), workforces underestimated just how complicated diversity is to manage. He shares his belief that empathy will bridge that gap between diversity and inclusion, and lead us towards a better future. 

#42: How Do We Tolerate a System That is So Dysfunctional?

Feat. Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, CEO of Care Solutions at Optum

Join Marjorie Morrison and Patrick J. Kennedy for an in-depth discussion with Dr. Conway on the importance of combining treatment of mental and behavioral health, the impact of the pandemic on the mental health space, what effect new bio-metric technologies will have on mental health, and how Dr. Conway’s own experience with substance use inspires his work.

#41: Suicide Prevention: We All Play a Role

Feat. Christine Moutier, M.D., Chief Medical Officer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

This week we are joined by Christine Moutier, M.D., to talk about suicide among veterans and young people, and biological factors that put people at higher risk for suicide. We also explore the solutions to preventing suicide, including how we can be better at implementing them. Everyone has a role to play to stop suicide.

#40: The LA Homeless Crisis is Changing Mental Health Care Everywhere

Feat. Dr. John Sherin, Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

If we really seek to reform mental health, we have to focus on where the rubber hits the road in communities. At the county level, this is where often disparate local, state, and federal budgets are integrated. When those budgets are merged, they can allow for the kind of innovation that our guest Dr. John Sherin has pioneered in LA county. Join Marjorie Morrison and Patrick J. Kennedy for an in-depth discussion with Dr. Sherin on how new approaches implemented in Los Angeles can show a way forward for other counties, states, and the federal government.

#39: Dr. Thomas Insel on Neuroplasticity and Recovery

Thomas lnsel, MD, has been a national leader in mental health research, policy, and technology. As a trailblazer in neuroscience, he shares the difference between mental health and mental healthcare, thinking of it in the context of recovery and having a purpose to live.

#38: To Innerspace and Beyond: A Sweeping Look at the Future of Mental Health

Listen today as Patrick J. Kennedy and Marjorie Morrison talk about why Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, is their favorite form of therapy for them personally, the broad changes that we need in the healthcare industry to improve the future of mental health, and so much more.

#37: Lessons From The Frontline of Mental Health in the Military, with Marjorie Morrison

Listen today as Patrick J. Kennedy and Marjorie Morrison discuss ongoing challenges including how the military community is often isolated, the complexity of trauma-related symptoms, mismatched incentives among payors and providers, and important solutions for the future.

#36: Patrick J Kennedy On CBT, Recovery, And How Covid Has Impacted Mental Health and The Stigma That Surrounds It

Listen today as Patrick J. Kennedy and Marjorie Morrison talk about why Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, is their favorite form of therapy for them personally, the broad changes that we need in the healthcare industry to improve the future of mental health, and so much more.

#35: YouTube's Dr. Jessica DiVento On Mental Health In The Workplace

Today Dr. Jessica DiVento talks with Psych Hub Founder Marjorie Morrison and Patrick Kennedy. Listen to hear how YouTube and Google are stepping up to meet the rising need for Mental Health support online and in the workplace. Dr. Jessica DiVento shares the innovative work that Google and YouTube are doing to prevent Burnout and empower employees to foster healthy, inclusive discussions.

#34: Early Intervention and Integrated Approaches to Recovery (Featuring Paul Gionfriddo)

Paul Gionfriddo has held multiple mental health related positions throughout his 40-year career, and advocates for early intervention and integrated approaches to recovery.

#33: Cynthia Germanotta (Lady Gaga's Mother) on 'Born This Way'.

Cynthia Germanotta is the World Health Organization's Goodwill Ambassador for Mental Health. She's also Lady Gaga's Mother. She and her daughter co-founded Born This Way Foundation to support adolescent mental health. Her passion is to empowering young people to build a kinder, braver world.

#32: Featuring RADM Kleiman (Re-Play)

Listen today as RADM Kleiman talks today with Patrick Kennedy and Marjorie Morrison. RADM Kleiman is an Assistant U.S. Surgeon General detailed to the National Guard Bureau, where he serves as Director of Psychological Health and Chief of Warrior Resilience and Fitness.

#31: Featuring Cara McNulty, DPA (Re-Play)

Cara McNulty, DPA, is the President of Aetna Behavioral Health. As a highly regarded leader and population health scientist, she shares her passion for breaking down barriers in EAPs and addressing social determinants of health, in order to lift up communities. Listen today as she talks with our hosts, Marjorie Morrison and Patrick Kennedy.

#30: Maybe You Should Talk To Someone (Featuring Lori Gottlieb)

Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and author of the New York Times bestseller 'Maybe You Should Talk to Someone' which is being adapted as a television series. Listen today as she talks with our hosts, Marjorie Morrison and Patrick Kennedy. You will appreciate her self-care tips, what to expect when seeing a therapist, and so much more.

#29: Dr. Arthur C. Evans, Jr - CEO at the American Psychological Association. (Re-Play)

Dr. Evans, CEO and Executive Vice President of the American Psychological Association, shares how his organization is breaking down systemic institutional bias and discrimination. He is shifting mental health from being about "them" to being about "us." Listen today to find out why our host, Marjorie Morrison, calls Dr. Evans the Martin Luther King Jr. of our generation.

#28: Kate Snow, On Stigma, Fame and Therapy (Re-Play)

NBC News correspondent and NBC Nightly News Anchor, Kate Snow, is passionate about reporting the mental health stories that other people miss. Snow talks today to Marjorie Morrison and Patrick Kennedy about her own journey, the stubborn stigma associated with mental health and more.

#27: Featuring Josh Groban On The Link Between Music and Mental Health (Re Play)

Multi-platinum, award-winning singer/songwriter Josh Groban opens up about his Mental health journey and why he believes the arts are a critical component to mental health.

#26: Anthony Shriver: IDD Activist and Founder of Best Buddies (Re Play)

Marjorie Morrison, Patrick Kennedy, and Anthony discuss the impact of Volunteering (on the Volunteer), the significance of Culture, the power of Faith, and the by-product of humility (and more)!

#25: Drew Robinson (San Francisco Giants)

Drew Robinson, American professional baseball infielder and outfielder in the San Francisco Giants organization, shares his story and newfound purpose after surviving a suicide attempt.

#24: Kenneth Cole (Fashion Designer) Mental Health Coalition

On this episode, we discuss Kenneth’s connection to the mental health crisis, and the importance of being vulnerable.

#23: Kenneth Paul Rosenberg, MD (Author of Infidelity) Sex Addiction

Kenneth Paul Rosenberg, a psychiatrist and author of Infidelity: Why Men and Women Cheat, discusses sex addiction. We'll learn what’s a healthy amount of porn, when you’ve crossed the line from healthy sex to unhealthy behaviors, and more.

#22: Dr Nicholas Kardaras (Glow Kids) — How screen time is taking a toll on our mental health

Dr. Nicholas Kardaras, an addiction expert and author of Glow Kids, shares how screen exposure is taking a toll on our mental health. You'll hear from Dr. Kardaras on the long-term implications of screen time and the studies that show that excessive use can damage a young person’s developing brain.

#21: Dr. Caroline Carney (Magellan Health) — How mental health impacts all facets of our systems

Dr. Caroline Carney, Chief Medical Officer of Magellan Health and Chief Medical Officer of Magellan Rx Management, shares how mental health impacts all facets of our systems, from Medicaid, Medicare, Exchange, to commercial populations. You'll hear from Caroline why COVID-19 has been the perfect storm for mental illness to fester and flourish in a terrible way, and what we can do to stand against it.

#20: Dr. Lisa Desai (MindWise Innovations) — Workplace wellness and trauma informed care

Dr. Lisa Desai, Director of Behavioral Health Consulting at MindWise Innovations, shares her insights into managing a company culture full of individuals with varying perspectives on mental health. You'll also hear from Lisa why micro-labeling is a term you should definitely know about.

#19: Andrew Dreyfus (Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts) — Investing in Mental Health

In Psych Hub's interview with Andrew Dreyfus, President and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts, he emphasizes the importance of early intervention and coordinated, primary care for all. Andrew is flipping the script: He’s not carving out a mental health plan to address it. He’s carving it into Blue Cross Blue Shield's traditional services and addressing it head-on.

#18: Anthony Shriver (Best Buddies) — Intellectual + Developmental Disabilities

In Psych Hub's interview with Anthony Shriver, we cover the importance of creating a culture of giving back, where people feel connected to a bigger purpose. Anthony will share the work Best Buddies International is doing to build friendships between those with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

#17: Courtney Billington (Janssen Neuroscience) — Mental Health Education

In Psych Hub’s interview with Courtney Billington, President of Janssen Neuroscience (pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson), he shares the need for more education around mental health.

#16: Linda Rosenberg (Columbia Psychiatry External Relations) — Mental Health Reform

In Psych Hub's interview with Linda Rosenberg, we cover everything from leadership to community mental health to measuring quality outcomes. Linda is Columbia University Department of Psychiatry's Director of External Relations, and she brings 30+ years' of experience to the discussion as a true healthcare architect and reformer.

#15: Solome Tibebu (Director of the Upswing Fund) — Teen Mental Health

In Psych Hub's interview with Solome Tibebu, you'll learn about the frontier technologies transforming mental health, equity, and access. As the Director of the Upswing Fund, a philanthropic fund seeded by Melinda Gates' Pivotal Ventures, Solome is dedicated to shaping the future of mental health for adolescents who are of color and/or LGBTQ+.

#14: Kim Keck (CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield Association) — Mental Health Equity

Psych Hub interviews Kim Keck, President and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, the first female leader in its 40-year history. Kim shares her commitment to combating long-standing social issues influencing mental health. You'll hear why your zip code can be a more significant factor to your overall health than your genetic code.

#13: Johnny Taylor (CEO at SHRM) — Empathy & Mental Health

In Psych Hub's interview with Johnny Taylor, CEO at SHRM, we'll cover why we all long for diversity. However, workforces underestimated just how complicated diversity is to manage. Johnny will share why empathy helps bridge that gap between diversity and inclusion.

#12: Thomas Insel, MD (Co-founder of Humanest) — Neuroplasticity

There’s a big difference between mental health and mental healthcare. In Psych Hub’s interview with Thomas Insel, MD, (Co-founder of Humanest), he’ll share all about neuroplasticity and the 3 P's of mental health.

#11: Chirlane McCray (First Lady of NYC) — Mental Health Crisis

In Psych Hub's interview with Chirlane McCray, you'll hear how she has redefined the role of First Lady of New York City, managing a robust portfolio to advance an ambitious agenda in support of all New Yorkers and was recognized as the 2019 “World Health Organization Champion.”

#10: Dr. Jessica DiVento (YouTube Chief Mental Health Advisor) — Mental Health in the Workplace

With the boundaries between work/life balance becoming blurred, Dr. Jessica DiVento shares the innovative work that Google + YouTube are doing to prevent burnout and empower employees to foster healthy, inclusive discussions

#9: Paul Gionfriddo (Mental Health America CEO) — Early Intervention

Paul Gionfriddo, President and CEO of Mental Health America , has held multiple mental health related positions throughout his 40-year career. As a mental health advocate, he shares his passion for early intervention, social emotional learning, and integrated approaches to recovery.

#8: Cynthia Germanotta (Lady Gaga's Mother | Born This Way Foundation) — Youth Mental Health

Cynthia Germanotta, Lady Gaga's mother, is the World Health Organization's Goodwill Ambassador for Mental Health. She and her daughter co-founded the Born This Way Foundation to support adolescent mental health, empowering them to build a kinder, braver world.

#7: RADM Kleiman (National Guard Bureau) — The Link Between Physical and Mental Health

In Psych Hub's interview with RADM Kleiman, he shares how the National Guard Bureau is bridging the gap between physical and mental health for its 450,000 members. Kleiman will share the importance of resilience to cope with stress and hardship.

#6: Cara McNulty (President of Aetna Behavioral Health) — Social Determinants of Health

Psych Hub interviews Cara McNulty, DPA, President of Aetna Behavioral Health (a CVS Health Company). As a highly regarded leader and population health scientist, she shares her passion for breaking down barriers in employee assistance programs and addressing social determinants of health to lift up communities instead of just pockets. Additionally, Cara will cover the free resources Aetna has put together to help cope during the pandemic, including its Resources for Living 24/7 crisis support line.

#5: Lori Gottlieb (New York Times Bestselling Author) — What to Expect in Therapy

In Psych Hub's interview with Lori Gottlieb, psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, she shares self-care tips, how to choose a therapist, and what to expect during therapy.

#4: Patrick Conway, MD, (Optum CEO of Care Solutions) — Navigating the Mental Healthcare System

In our interview with Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, CEO of Care Solutions at Optum (part of UnitedHealth Group), he will share the work being done to drive change faster.

#3: Kate Snow (NBC Nightly News Anchor) — Mental Health in the News

In our interview with Kate Snow, NBC News correspondent and Sunday NBC Nightly News anchor, she opens up about living in the spotlight, raising two kids, and the importance of disconnecting. Her passion is reporting out on the mental health stories no one is talking about, like the opioid crisis, suicide, therapy and more.

#2: Dr. Arthur Evans (CEO at the American Psychological Association) — Racism and Mental Health

Dr. Arthur C. Evans, Jr., chief executive officer and executive vice president of the American Psychological Association, addresses barriers and the work that is being done behind the scenes on population health, early intervention and comparable spend in mental health as physical health.

#1: Josh Groban — The Link Between Music and Mental Health

Josh Groban, multi-platinum, award winning singer/songwriter, shares his personal experience with anxiety and an attention deficit disorder. Josh shares how the arts have always been an avenue for him to find balance, and why he is so passionate about the link between musical education and mental health.