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Speaking Candidly with Candace

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.
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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 3, 2021
Managing Depression Through Talk Therapy and TMS
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 3, 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.
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 5, 2021
Coping with Addiction and Relapse
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
July 2, 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
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
Gender Identity and Beyond
Hear how first-time documentary filmmaker, Kimberly Keese, is working on expanding the conversation about gender identity; and her personal experience coming out as a butch woman in the 70's.
May 5, 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 8, 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
Navigating Through Grief
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.
March 19, 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 2, 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
Anxiety Insights
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 8, 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