Speaking Candidly with Candace
By Candace Schoner
Hear true and inspiring stories from individuals who have triumphed over addiction, trauma, suicidal thoughts, ADHD, body dysmorphia and other mental and physical challenges.
Gun Violence and Mental Health Reforms
In this passionate interview with Virginia Senator Creigh Deeds, you'll hear about past, present, and future legislation necessary to tackle gun violence and mental health issues in America.
November 23, 2022
An Adoptee’s Story: Part 2: Searching For Birth Parents
Hear one woman’s journey to locate her biological parents, what resources she found most helpful and what she learned about herself and family in the process.
November 16, 2022
An Adoptee’s Story: Part 1: About family, forgiveness, hurt and healing
Danielle Gaudette talks openly about being adopted at birth, her childhood, her adoptive mother’s struggle with anxiety and depression, and the journey that led to meeting her birth mother (actress Kate Mulgrew).
November 09, 2022
Overcoming Haphephobia: The Fear of Touch (Encore Presentation)
Guest Doddie Green is a published author who has suffered her entire life with depression. Her first book, Touch, tells a semi-autobiographical tale about a young woman who can’t stand any type of physical contact and resigns herself to a lonely existence of duty to her family – until, that is, she meets a special person. Doddie has also published her three books in her murder mystery series and blogs regularly about her personal struggles with depression, panic attacks, loneliness, and more.
October 28, 2022
The Impact of ADHD
The rabbit hole is real says our guest Susan MGinnis, a certified ADHD coach who has lived with ADHD her entire life. Susan shares her personal experience along with expert advice and resources to help those with ADHD live their best lives.
October 19, 2022
Navigating Through Grief (Encore Presentation)
Life coach, author, and fellow podcaster Troia Butcher discusses the inspiration behind her incredible new book SoulTies: Letters of Love, reveals her own struggles with PTSD and grief, and offers advice on navigating the loss of a close friend, family member, or pet.
October 12, 2022
Blinded by Addiction
Trauma coach Jennifer Shakespere shares her experience falling in love with an addict and how his suicide opened her eyes.
September 21, 2022
Nurses on the Frontline
Two nurses share what it was like to be working during both the AIDS/HIV epidemic and Covid-19 pandemic; and how they memorialized these historic events.
September 01, 2022
Pregnancy Loss and Infertility
Author and singer-songwriter Julie Aguas shares her personal struggles with pregnancy loss and infertility in this very raw, emotional and enlightening interview.
July 07, 2022
Health, Marriage and The Younger Man
If you ever worried about getting cancer and how it could ruin your life, this podcast is you. Hear how one woman is living her best life, married to a younger man, and stays optimistic despite a second battle with breast cancer.
June 29, 2022
The Wake Up Call
Health and Wellness Coach Amy Wick-Horn shares how she overcame the physical and emotional pain of facial paralysis and what she has learned in the process.
June 22, 2022
The Secret Suicide
Hear how and why one mother kept her husband's suicide a secret for 10 years from her family, friends and co-workers. n this episode, our guest, Michelle Anhang speaks candidly about how therapy helped her move forward both personally and professionally, and why she is now determined to help others find emotional support following a traumatic event. (Previously Recorded August 2020)
June 01, 2022
Divorce and Co-Parenting
Hear how two moms, Amanda and Brook, are challenging the myths of divorce and coparenting. Get tips on dealing with the ex and how to be a "bonus" mom instead of a stepmom. (Encore Presentation)
May 29, 2022
Understanding Addiction and Relapse (Encore Presentation)
Learn why addiction relapse is part of the recovery process and what you can do to help someone with an alcohol or drug addiction. Guest: Judeline Galek
May 11, 2022
It’s Not Just You: Mental Health Shift
In this episode, we talk candidly about the affect of social economics on mental health awareness, diagnosis and treatment.
April 27, 2022
Eliminating Sexual Violence: Keys To Prevention
This eye opening episode shares new ideas for preventing sexual assault to help anyone regardless of gender or age. Guest: Laurie Jean Talun, Director of Prevention at SARA
April 06, 2022
Journey to Sobriety
Hear one man's heart-wrenching story about his decision to get sober after he found himself stealing money to pay for his drug and alcohol addiction. 31 years later, he remains clean and sober.
March 23, 2022
Little T and Big T
An in-depth discussion about the different types of trauma and how the pandemic has changed the way we treat mental health.
March 16, 2022
Living Well With Bipolar Disorder
Hear the story from the author himself of When Screams Become Whispers, a raw look at bipolar disorder. Bob Krulish’s story sheds light on the systemic problems deeply rooted in the American healthcare system. In this podcast, Bob openly discusses his depression and mania that led to his divorce, unemployment, and near homelessness; And how he finally learned to manage his symptoms in order to live well and be happy.
March 02, 2022
Beyond Prison and Paying It Forward
Hear about one man's transformation from poverty, a life of crime, to serving time in prison and how and why he Is giving back to his community in a big way. Guest: Tony Moore, Motivational Speaker, Basketball Coach and Founder of Birds of a Feather.
February 23, 2022
A Minds Escape
Guest Doddie Green is a published author who has suffered her entire life with depression. Her first book, Touch, tells a semi-autobiographical tale about a young woman who can’t stand any type of physical contact and resigns herself to a lonely existence of duty to her family - until, that is, she meets a special person. Doddie recently published her third book in her murder mystery series and blogs regularly about her personal struggles with depression, panic attacks, loneliness, and more. (Previously Aired 12/2021)
February 16, 2022
What Your Gut Is Saying
Gut health expert and author, Julia Loggins shares nutritional tips to help improve mental and physical health including anxiety, depression, addiction and trauma.
February 15, 2022
Anxiety Insights (Previously Recorded January 17, 2021)
Co-author of the book Anxiety Insights, Lori Maney Lentini, shares her personal experience with anxiety while raising two children and going through divorce, and how she discovered how “to get through” it all.
January 26, 2022
The Early Education Crisis
Listen to retired early childhood counselor, Robin White, discuss the impact of the pandemic on elementary through 5th grade students, her strong opinion on arming school teachers with guns, and why we need more mental health services for both students and teachers.
January 05, 2022
A Good Life Beyond Prison
In this episode, Candace talks with Gilie Garth, a woman who has overcome addiction, a prison sentence, and the loss of her right to vote. Gilie was charged with a felony for prescription fraud. She never thought she would be able to e practice nursing, drive, or vote ever again. Hear the rest of her story.
November 17, 2021
Relationships, Racism and Resiliency
In this episode, writer, editor and entrepreneur, Tanya Brockett, shares her very personal experiences as a successful black woman working her way.up the corporate ladder despite racism and prejudice. Tanya's can-do attitude is contagious and her stories may surprise you.
October 29, 2021
Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder.
Award winning author and former lawyer talks about his battle with body image, his fall from grace, and how he is living his best life.
October 17, 2021
On Our Own
Erin Tucker, Executive Director of On Our Own, talks about the difficulties of supporting individuals with mental health recovery and substance abuse during the Pandemic.
October 03, 2021
Managing Depression Through Talk Therapy and TMS (Encore Presentation)
Radio personality, Pam Garrison, shares her experience with severe depression and how she managed to go on air with a smile while trying to.find her way out of a deep dark depression that started when she was just eight years old.
September 10, 2021
Art Imitating Life
Filmmaker and director Ty Cooper talks about his latest film project, Amanda, and what inspired him to write the screenplay about love, trauma, relationships, art and community.
August 18, 2021
Conquering Stage 4 Cancer with Grace
Hear the story of one woman's remarkable courage and journey with Stage 4 Cancer. Guest Katherine Couvillion speaks candidly about living with Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC), the accompanying physical and emotional toll, friends, family and helping others. Encore Presentation. Season 1. Episode 4.
August 03, 2021
What We Remember About Childhood Trauma
Tasha Hunter, mental health advocate and author of the memoir What Children Remember, talks openly about surviving child abuse, sexual assault, neglect, and years of depression and anxiety. In this deeply raw and candid interview, Hunter, who is now a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, offers both personal and professional advice to those struggling with trauma and PTSD.
July 28, 2021
The Blind Blogger: Seeing Beyond Adversity
When it comes to staying positive and.productive, our guest Maxwell Ivy, aka The Blind Blogger, has turned his vision loss into a mission of helping others see that anything is possible: if you set realistic goals, approach obstacles one step at a time, and ask for help. Listen to this episode to get great advice and motivation to create your best life. (First aired July 14, 2021)
July 14, 2021
Fighting Depression with Self-Love
Health and Wellness Coach, Heidi Shaner talks about why women are considered twice as likely to have depression compared to men and what women can do to take control of their mental and physical health.
July 05, 2021
Paving The Way For Women and LGBTQ Rights
Writer, victim advocate, and former University of Virginia professor, Dr. Claire Kaplan, talks openly about the feminism movement, gender violence, self-acceptance, and having the courage to make waves to advance equality for woman and the LGBTQ community.
June 16, 2021
Recognizing Toxic Relationships (Encore Presentation)
Ever wonder how you can improve your relationship? Are you dating a narcissist? Are you in a co-dependent relationship? Listen to this podcast to recognize the signs of a toxic relationship and what you can do to create healthier relationships. Guest Life Coach and Health and Wellness Expert, Heidi Shaner.
May 26, 2021
Encore: Finding Humor in Mental Illness
If you ever wondered how suicide can be made funny. Comedian and former writer for the Tonight Show, Frank King, talks about his lifelong battle with suicidal thoughts and how he is using humor to help raise awareness and prevent suicides.
May 19, 2021
A Voice for the Voiceless
In this episode, Anna Mendez, the Executive Director of Partner for Mental Health, speaks passionately about her work aimed at combating mental health inequality and the criminalization of people with mental illnesses. Hear how Virginia's criminal justice system is to blame, and how the recent passage of one state bill is the first step forward towards a fairer future.
April 08, 2021
Black Men, Their Barbers and Mental Health
Millennials and fellow podcast hosts, Daniel Fairley II and John Thompson. explain the importance of mental health among black males, the challenges and experiences that inspired them to create their own mental health podcast, and how we can all benefit from some one-on-one time with our therapist (or barber).
March 25, 2021
Divorce and CoParenting
Learn how two moms are challenging the myths of divorce and coparenting. Get tips on dealing with the ex and how to be a "bonus" mom instead of a stepmom.
February 18, 2021
Navigating Life with a Disability and Winning
Win Kelly Charles shares her challenges and triumphs living with Cerebral Palsy. She is on a mission to help others with physical and mental disabilities stay positive and accomplish their dreams.
January 27, 2021
Overcoming A Life Destroyed
Hear how a son’s suicide almost destroyed his mother and what she did to survive her own suicidal thoughts. Guest: Jill D’Arpino, Author and Mental Health Advocate
January 19, 2021
Finding Humor in Mental Illness
Frank King, the Mental Health Comedian. openly discusses his family history with suicide and his lifelong battle with Major Depressive Disorder and Chronic Suicidality. Hear how Frank turned his mental illness into a comedy career including 20 years as a writer for the Tonight Show, 5X TedTalks, and why laughter is the best medicine.
December 02, 2020
Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System
In this timely episode, Licensed drug offender educator, Deborah Hernandez Antich shares her unique perspective on the connection between mental health, substance abuse, and criminal offenses.
October 28, 2020
Out of The Darkness and Thriving
From bullying to thriving, 21 year old Katherine Grace Mulokey opens up about her dark days of depression and suicidal thoughts and how she got the help to keep living.
October 12, 2020
Mental Health Advocacy during Covid-19
Hear how Mental Health America of Virginia is helping others cope during the pandemic and how you can do your part in helping others with mental illness.
August 27, 2020
The Secret Suicide
Michelle Anhang bravely shares why she kept her husband’s suicide a secret for 10 years from her kids, friends and colleagues. She also explains how therapy helped her move forward with her personal and professional life, and why she is helping others find emotional support after trauma .
August 21, 2020
Opening Up and On a Mission
Host Candace Schoner reveals her struggles as a child of an alcoholic and her recent health scare that led to her pursuit to help others with mental illness.
July 22, 2020
Hear how mental health advocate and author, Lori Maney Lentini, gained insight into her own anxiety and how she is helping others (including her own children) find success and happiness despite mental health issues.
July 08, 2020
Hear how Mashana turned her battle with cancer into a passion for helping others.
Mashana never expected to get cancer and she never wanted to be an entrepreneur. However, this 20 something female has done both and shares both her struggles and her triumphs.
June 28, 2020
May 22, 2020
A woman’s journey to starting a successful business after divorcing her spouse of 27 years.
A candid discussion of a former wife of an alcoholic who finds joy and a new life after her divorce.
March 31, 2020