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.


Live Episode - YouTube Content: Supporting Informed Mental Health Choices [Dec 14, 2022; 19 min]

On this episode of the Future of Mental Health, Marjorie Morrison is ending the season with a special live episode joined by Jessica DiVento, YouTube’s Global Head of Mental Health. Jessica shares a behind-the-scenes look into how YouTube is partnering with companies that create psychoeducation content to better inform consumers and how they are using longform and short form content to appeal to all generations.


Genes and Mental Health [Nov 2, 2022; 46 min]

In this episode of Future of Mental Health, Marjorie Morrison is joined by Dr. Steven Hyman, MD. Dr. Hyman is a mental health and genetics expert. He is leading research into how our genes might be the key to unlocking what mental health challenges people are predisposed to. Dr. Hyman and Marjorie discuss the biology of the brain and how new research is exploring what different mental health diseases look like on a cellular level. Dr. Hyman also shares his hopes that this research will destigmatize mental health issues and give a visual representation of these issues. Dr. Hyman is a Distinguished Service Professor and Harald McPike Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology at Harvard University.


A Family’s Perspective on Navigating the Mental Health System [Oct 26, 2022; 46 min]

In this episode of the Future of Mental Health podcast, Marjorie Morrison is joined by Craig Kramer and his son, Peter Lee-Kramer. Craig and Peter dive into their family's experience navigating the mental health system and discuss the challenges they have faced both individually and as a family. Craig Kramer is a Mental Health Ambassador and Chair, a leader in the Global Campaign for Mental Health, and actively involved in the Neuroscience External Affairs at Janssen R&D, a Johnson & Johnson company. In this role, Craig leads a Johnson & Johnson team that seeks to transform mental health care globally by raising awareness, reducing stigma, promoting research, improving access, and ensuring better patient outcomes.


Transforming Mental Health Through Politics [Oct 19, 2022; 46 min]

Bill Smith has had a successful political career working in campaign management, messaging research and communications, and movement building. When a family tragedy occurred, he became aware of the lack of accessible mental health care for children, teenagers, and their families. Bill decided to use his experience in politics to fight for the future of mental health through a coalition called Inseparable. Join Marjorie Morrison and Patrick Kennedy as they discuss how Inseparable and Bill Smith are partnering with leaders and community members to prioritize mental health care in schools.


Psychiatry and Business: Championing for Comprehensive Health Management [Oct 12, 2022; 50 min]

It is not common to find a psychiatrist with an MBA, but Gary Gottlieb took it upon himself to diversify his career and become involved in the policy making aspects of healthcare. In this episode, Patrick, Marjorie, and Dr. Gottlieb discuss the history and policies that impact our current healthcare system, as well as what can be done to incentivize providers to improve behavioral healthcare services. Our guest, Gary Gottlieb, is a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a member of the National Academy of Medicine.


Best of: Lessons from the Frontline of Mental Health in the Military, with Marjorie Morrison [Sep 28, 2022; 37 min]

This week, we are resharing one of our favorite episodes from this series—one that Psych Hub's own Co-Founder and CEO, Marjorie Morrison, in the hot seat. How do warriors cope after the enduring traumas of war? What can we learn from the military about mental health? In the second of three ‘Pillar Episodes’, Patrick J. Kennedy turns the tables on his co-host Marjorie Morrison, to ask her about her past life working with the U.S. Marines.


Mental Health is Having A Moment: How Can We Capitalize on It? [Sep 14, 2022; 29 min]

In this episode of the Future of Mental Health podcast, Marjorie Morrison and Patrick J. Kennedy speak with Daniel H. Gillison, Jr., CEO of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). “The stigma is tremendous…. And it's no different than, heart disease, or diabetes, or any of the other diseases of our bodies. It's above our shoulders and we need to examine it differently than what we've been doing. And I do think that we're seeing a change in being open and discussing it. And, it's a moment in time and we got to take advantage of it.”


Eating Disorder Treatment: Breaking Down the Barriers [Aug 31, 2022; 48 min]

Did you know that 80% of the 30 million Americans with eating disorders don’t receive treatment? Since recovering from anorexia as a teenager--and learning about that statistic--Kristina Saffran has been on a mission to ensure that all families have access to high quality treatment. Kristina is the CEO and co-founder of Equip. Listen as she chats with Marjorie and Patrick about how to build a better model of outpatient care, how COVID has increased the prevalence of eating disorders, and how these disorders affect people equally across race and class.


A Conversation with Governor John Kasich [Aug 17, 2022; 36 min]

Listen to a wide-ranging conversation on mental health with the 69th Governor of Ohio, John Kasich. Gov. Kasich has had quite the career. He ran for President during the 2016 GOP primary. His message focused on unifying Americans rather than dividing them, championing the great potential of our citizens to make positive impacts in their own communities, a strong national defense and the importance of our international alliances. Today, he runs the Kasich Company and serves as a senior commentator for CNN.


The Live Episode - Mental Health in the Healthcare System [Aug 3, 2022; 38 min]

In this special live episode of the Future of Mental Health podcast, Marjorie Morrison and Patrick J. Kennedy speak with Dr. Kyu Rhee, Senior Vice President and Aetna Chief Medical Officer at CVS Health.


Integrating Mental Health Into All Else [Jul 20, 2022; 28 min]

Getting improved mental health outcomes requires better integrating mental health into our other systems, from education to justice. This week’s guest, Dr. Patrice A. Harris, has been a champion in incorporating mental health and the social determinants of health into other elements of society. Join Marjorie Morrison and Patrick J. Kennedy for an in-depth discussion with Dr. Patrice A. Harris on integrating mental health into all else.


Skills for Preventing Burnout in the Workplace [Jul 6, 2022; 30 min]

Mental health challenges, stress, and burnout are at an all-time high in the workplace. The need is now greater than ever before to  help organizations promote resilience skills as a part of their culture to have a positive impact on employees and equip them to thrive, preventing and mitigating burnout, and lessening turnover. Join Marjorie Morrison and Patrick J. Kennedy for an in-depth discussion with Jan Bruce, the CEO of meQuilbrium, the first holistic cognitive platform built for organizations as they navigate the need for a more innovative and agile workforce. In this episode, they discuss ways to help people improve their own mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.


SPECIAL EPISODE - Collaborative Care Model [Jun 28, 2022; 40 min]

What is the Collaborative Care Model? How does it  address the mental health access crisis? What effect will it have on burnout? What barriers remain in its wide scale implementation? In this special episode, Psych Hub Clinical Director Paul Deger, and Neuroflow Senior Director of Clinical Operations Matt Miclette explore the Collaborative Care Model (CoCM) with help from clips from Psych Hub’s CoCM course.


Creative Solutions for Improving Access [Jun 22, 2022; 30 min]

How can we improve access to behavioral healthcare? How can we reduce the cost of care? How do we improve access for children and young people? And how do we alleviate the provider crisis? AHIP has brand-new research about mental health access that can answer some of these questions, and pose new ones. Matthew Eyles is President & CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the national trade association representing health insurance providers. Matt leads the association toward fulfilling its mission and vision: expanding access to affordable health care coverage to all Americans through a competitive marketplace that fosters choice, quality, and innovation.


#53: Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use [Jun 8, 2022; 30 min]

Dr. Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon is the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Join Marjorie Morrison and Patrick J. Kennedy for an in-depth discussion with Dr. Delphin-Rittmon on the role SAMHSA plays in mental healthcare, and how they are collaborating to improve the future of mental health.


#52: An Ecosystem of Care with Don Mordecai, MD [May 25, 2022; 30 min]

Don Mordecai, MD, is the National Leader for Mental Health and Wellness at Kaiser Permanente. In this episode, Marjorie Morrison and Patrick Kennedy speak with Don Mordecai about collaborative care, feedback-informed care, and Kaiser Permanente’s full ecosystem of care.


#51: Schroeder Stribling: Mental Health America President & CEO [May 11, 2022; 42 min]

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 [Apr 27, 2022; 36 min]

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 [Apr 13, 2022; 38 min]

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. [Mar 30, 2022; 37 min]

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. [Mar 16, 2022; 23 min]

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 [Mar 2, 2022; 40 min]

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.