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Pandemic Check In

By Western Sound & Brooklyn Minds
How are you doing right now? Let's check in.

Call and leave a message or text — anonymously or not. Let us know if you'd like a call back: 858-255-1770

The folks from Brooklyn Minds, a pioneering center for psychiatry and psychology, are here to help. Let's talk, listen, and share our way through this crisis.

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Mental health tips for surviving this pandemic

Pandemic Check In

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Adulthood Interrupted: My housemate is my 20-something-year-old child
Host Ben Adair is joined by Dr. Rebecca Sinclair and Dr. Will Osei from Brooklyn Minds to hear from parents and adult children moving back in together. Plus, our hosts discuss potential vacation plans and other tools on how to assess risks when planning. The tips for this week? Try different strategies for what works for you and your family when the feeling of uncertainty comes in, such as taking a walk, a breath, or creating a routine. Young adults, who may be going through the concept of learned helplessness, can dig into what matters to them and apply small actions. DEARMAN Skill, a tool for interpersonal communication: https://dbt.tools/interpersonal_effectiveness/dear-man.php Erik Erikson's Stages of Psychosocial Development: https://www.simplypsychology.org/Erik-Erikson.html At the top of the show we listed some great Black Trans orgs. Here are the links to check them out and if you can, please consider donating: G.L.I.T.S.: https://swopbehindbars.giv.sh/b9d2 Snap4Freedom: https://www.snap4freedom.org/mostdangerous TGI Justice: http://www.tgijp.org/ The Marsha P. Johnson institute: https://marshap.org/membership/ The Okra Project: https://www.theokraproject.com/ For The Gworls: https://linktr.ee/ForTheGworlsParty Black Visions Collective: https://www.blackvisionsmn.org/ The Trevor Project: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/ -------- If you want to share your thoughts on this episode with us, or share how you are holding up with everything going on— you can text or leave us a voicemail at: 858-255-1770 DISCLAIMER: Listening to a podcast is not a substitute for getting real help. The show is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical and/or mental health advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified mental health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or mental health needs. And if you really need help now: Text the Crisis Text Line: text the word HOME to 741-751 1-800-Life-Net if you want or need to talk to someone right now. Pandemic Check In is produced by Western Sound and Brooklyn Minds.
37:31
June 26, 2020
Adulthood Interrupted: Graduating in uncertain times
Host Ben Adair is joined by Owen Muir M.D., Michelle Bernabe RN, and Dr. Will Osei from Brooklyn Minds to hear from recent college and high school graduates about the difficulties of transitioning into a new beginning. The tips for this week?  Give yourself the space to grieve what you missed or might end up missing.  If you are starting college in the fall, reach out to college councilors at your schools to get a head start on creating a relationship with that support system.  If you had to move back in with your parents, sit down and discuss new boundaries where you can learn to relate to each other differently! (You can read the article Michelle mentioned here: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-06-12/adulthood-interrupted-by-coronavirus ) At the top of the show we listed some great Black Trans orgs. Here are the links to check them out and if you can, please consider donating:  G.L.I.T.S.: https://swopbehindbars.giv.sh/b9d2 Snap4Freedom: https://www.snap4freedom.org/mostdangerous TGI Justice: http://www.tgijp.org/ The Marsha P. Johnson institute: https://marshap.org/membership/ The Okra Project: https://www.theokraproject.com/ For The Gworls: https://linktr.ee/ForTheGworlsParty Black Visions Collective: https://www.blackvisionsmn.org/ -------- If you want to share your thoughts on this episode with us, or share how you are holding up with everything going on— you can text or leave us a voicemail at: 858-255-1770 DISCLAIMER: Listening to a podcast is not a substitute for getting real help. The show is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical and/or mental health advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified mental health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or mental health needs. And if you really need help now: Text the Crisis Text Line: text the word HOME to 741-751 1-800-Life-Net if you want or need to talk to someone right now. Pandemic Check In is produced by Western Sound and Brooklyn Minds.
26:15
June 19, 2020
Things on our minds recently: anti-racism, safe sex and COVID brain?
Host Ben Adair is joined by Owen Muir M.D., Michelle Bernabe RN, and Dr. Will Osei from Brooklyn Minds to talk about practicing safe sex , the effects of COVID-19 on the brain, and racism within our communities.  Additionally, we’d like to address our own privilege and provide resources for our non-Black listeners to better understand the roles we play in systemic racism and the roles we can play in supporting the fight against it. We acknowledge that we have a lot of work to do ourselves as a team and in our effort to do so, we’re highlighting Aware-LA, an organization focused on organizing and educating White people on anti-racism.    Here is the link to a very cool toolbox they’ve created to help us understand and do the work:  https://www.awarela.org/our-models Here is the link to NYC Gov's Safer Sex and Covid-19 Guidelines: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/covid-sex-guidance.pdf -------- If you want to share your thoughts on this episode with us, or share how you are holding up with everything going on— you can text or leave us a voicemail at: 858-255-1770 DISCLAIMER: Listening to a podcast is not a substitute for getting real help. The show is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical and/or mental health advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified mental health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or mental health needs. And if you really need help now: Text the Crisis Text Line: text the word HOME to 741-751 1-800-Life-Net if you want or need to talk to someone right now. Pandemic Check In is produced by Western Sound and Brooklyn Minds.
31:19
June 12, 2020
Isolation and finding community after surviving COVID-19
Host Ben Adair is joined by Owen Muir M.D., Lauren Moy, and Danny Ruiz (MCH-LP) From Brooklyn Minds to speak with guest Fiona Lowenstein on the ways that we all can better support COVID-19 survivors.. Fiona is a journalist and a foundering member of Body Politics- a queer feminist wellness collective. support group: https://www.wearebodypolitic.com/covid19 body politic: https://www.wearebodypolitic.com/ Together they answer questions related to feelings of isolation, the effects of COVID-19 on the brain, trauma response and how to focus energy on radical acceptance. Additionally, we want to highlight a Twitter thread that we saw recently posted by @mayarichrdsun in light of the sweeping acknowledgment of racial bias within the police and society happening all over the country after the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other Black folks. We understand that at this time, the Black community is struggling with grief, anger, anxiety, exhaustion, etc., which is why we are boosting maya's post highlighting mental health orgs specifically for the Black community.  You can click the link below to check them out.  twitter: https://twitter.com/mayarichardsun/status/1265676677549559809 If you want to share your thoughts on this episode with us, or share how you are holding up with everything going on— you can text or leave us a voicemail at: 858-255-1770 DISCLAIMER: Listening to a podcast is not a substitute for getting real help. The show is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical and/or mental health advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified mental health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or mental health needs. And if you really need help now: Text the Crisis Text Line: text the word HOME to 741-751 1-800-Life-Net if you want or need to talk to someone right now. Pandemic Check In is produced by Western Sound and Brooklyn Minds.
36:33
June 5, 2020
Managing anxiety by being in your body— breathing techniques, routines and tips for kids!
The Pandemic Check-in team is joined this week by Paul Vincent, a celebrity trainer and founder of Altus Sports Institute that specializes in health and well-being. Paul shares some breathing/body techniques that he has learned through years of training with various indigenous cultures that reduce anxiety and help get you ready for a restful sleep. Paul's biggest tip to stay healthy during this time— a strong morning and bedtime routine that shifts your energy between resting and becoming active and vice versa! Also if you have kids, Paul's advice is to make stretching fun by acting like different animals and then shake it all off with a big dance party to expend some energy! As always, we want to hear from you. Was this advice helpful? What happened when you tried it out? Is there a way that you are coping that we have not discussed that you think would help others or are you struggling with something and want to discuss it with us? You can text or leave us a voicemail at: 858-255-1770 DISCLAIMER: Listening to a podcast is not a substitute for getting real help. The show is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical and/or mental health advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified mental health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or mental health needs. And if you really need help now: Text the Crisis Text Line: text the word HOME to 741-751 1-800-Life-Net if you want or need to talk to someone right now. Pandemic Check In is produced by Western Sound and Brooklyn Minds.
26:18
May 29, 2020
A guide to situations you may encounter during COVID-19— masks, family confrontation and more!
Are you anxious about states opening up? Well, host Ben Adair is joined by Dr. Owen Muir MD and Michelle Bernabe RN from Brooklyn Minds to discuss reopening anxieties. In this episode, the team role-plays scenarios ranging from confronting an individual not wearing a mask to speaking with family members who may have different opinions on safety than you. The biggest take aways— SHAME SHUTS PEOPLE DOWN, so try and engage when a meaningful conversation can happen! Remember, this show is all about you and we want to hear how you are coping and what you are struggling with! You can text or leave us a voicemail at: 858-255-1770 DISCLAIMER: Listening to a podcast is not a substitute for getting real help. The show is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical and/or mental health advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified mental health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or mental health needs. And if you really need help now: Text the Crisis Text Line: text the word HOME to 741-751 1-800-Life-Net if you want or need to talk to someone right now. Pandemic Check In is produced by Western Sound and Brooklyn Minds.
33:21
May 23, 2020
New ideas about assessing risk
In this special episode, host Ben Adair is joined by Dr. Julia Marcus from the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School to speak about her recently published article in The Atlantic called, "Quarantine Fatigue is Real" You can read the article here: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/05/quarantine-fatigue-real-and-shaming-people-wont-help/611482/ The two discuss how "abstinence-only" health policies ascribed during the HIV epidemic can teach us how to potentially create a risk prevention approach to Coronavirus and why shaming never has the intended outcome. If you have thoughts or questions regarding what you heard in this episode or general anxieties about reopening we want to hear them! You can text or leave us a voicemail at: 858-255-1770 DISCLAIMER: Listening to a podcast is not a substitute for getting real help. The show is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical and/or mental health advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified mental health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or mental health needs. And if you really need help now: Text the Crisis Text Line: text the word HOME to 741-751 1-800-Life-Net if you want or need to talk to someone right now. Pandemic Check In is produced by Western Sound and Brooklyn Minds.
18:27
May 19, 2020
Strategies for helping others as we try to help ourselves
Ben Adair,  Owen Muir MD and Rebecca Sinclair PhD, are joined this week by Dan Karlin, a psychiatrist and CEO of Healthmode, a company working on tech solutions to help monitor and track covid-19. If you would like to participate in Healthmode’s research you can sign-up at https://www.coughmode.com/ Additionally, the team speaks with a caller who gets some great tips on how to reach out to family virtually after being distant for many years.  TIP: Connecting family together can start with a simple one-on-one Zoom call that builds up to a full family happy hour session! And remember — we want to hear from you — how are you doing? What are you doing? What have you learned and what's hard? Call us at 858-255-1770, leave a message with your story. Or download the Listen App for iPhones. We're receiving messages there as well. DISCLAIMER: Listening to a podcast is not a substitute for getting real help. The show is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical and/or mental health advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified mental health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or mental health needs. And if you really need help now: Text the Crisis Text Line: text the word HOME to 741-751 1-800-Life-Net if you want or need to talk to someone right now. Pandemic Check In is produced by Western Sound and Brooklyn Minds.
31:31
May 15, 2020
Relationships in quarantine — strategies for maintaining, nurturing and thriving
Ben Adair,  Owen Muir MD and Michelle Bernabe RN are joined this week by Joseph Tesky, LMFT to talk about relationships, intimacy and boundaries under quarantine.  If you want to check out the Brooklyn Minds webinar on relationships, click here.  And remember — we want to hear from you — how are you doing? What are you doing? What have you learned and what's hard? Call us at 858-255-1770, leave a message with your story. Or download the Listen App for iPhones. We're receiving messages there as well. DISCLAIMER: Listening to a podcast is not a substitute for getting real help. The show is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical and/or mental health advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified mental health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or mental health needs. And if you really need help now: Text the Crisis Text Line: text the word HOME to 741-751 1-800-Life-Net if you want or need to talk to someone right now. Pandemic Check In is produced by Western Sound and Brooklyn Minds.
29:49
May 8, 2020
Managing your new Grocery Store Anxiety Disorder (and all the other new anxieties too)
Dr. Owen Muir MD and, Michelle Bernabe RN, both of Brooklyn Minds, join Ben Adair from Western Sound, to talk about managing your mental health in this pandemic. We want to hear from you — how are you doing? What are you doing? What have you learned and what's hard? Call us at 858-255-1770, leave a message with your story. Or download the Listen App for iPhones. We're receiving messages there as well. DISCLAIMER: Listening to a podcast is not a substitute for getting real help. The show is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical and/or mental health advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified mental health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or mental health needs. And if you really need help now: Text the Crisis Text Line: text the word HOME to 741-751 1-800-Life-Net if you want or need to talk to someone right now. Pandemic Check In is produced by Western Sound and Brooklyn Minds.
32:43
April 24, 2020
Planning for the future when the future is sooo uncertain
Dr. Owen Muir MD and, Michelle Bernabe RN, both of Brooklyn Minds, join Ben Adair from Western Sound, to talk about managing your mental health in this pandemic. We want to hear from you — how are you doing? What are you doing? What have you learned and what's hard? Call us at 858-255-1770, leave a message with your story. Or download the Listen App for iPhones. We're receiving messages there as well. DISCLAIMER: Listening to a podcast is not a substitute for getting real help. The show is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical and/or mental health advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified mental health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or mental health needs. And if you really need help now: Text the Crisis Text Line: text the word HOME to 741-751 1-800-Life-Net if you want or need to talk to someone right now. Pandemic Check In is produced by Western Sound and Brooklyn Minds.
32:30
April 16, 2020
Good ways to talk with kids, tips for fighting loneliness, and how to get away when you're in a crowded house
Dr. Owen Muir MD and, Dr. Carlene McMillan MD, both of Brooklyn Minds, join Ben Adair from Western Sound, to talk about managing your mental health in this pandemic. We want to hear from you — how are you doing? What are you doing? What have you learned and what's hard? Call us at 858-255-1770, leave a message with your story. Or download the Listen App for iPhones. We're receiving messages there as well. Here's 10-hours of white noise if you live in a crowded house (or even if you don't): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzjWIxXBs_s DISCLAIMER: Listening to a podcast is not a substitute for getting real help. The show is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical and/or mental health advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified mental health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or mental health needs. And if you really need help now: Text the Crisis Text Line: text the word HOME to 741-751 1-800-Life-Net if you want or need to talk to someone right now. Pandemic Check In is produced by Western Sound and Brooklyn Minds.
32:39
April 3, 2020
Coping when your routines and distractions are all socially distant
Dr. Owen Muir MD and, Michelle Bernabe RN, both of Brooklyn Minds, join Ben Adair from Western Sound, to talk about managing your mental health in this pandemic. We want to hear from you — how are you doing? What are you doing? What have you learned and what's hard? Call us at 858-255-1770, leave a message with your story. DISCLAIMER: Listening to a podcast is not a substitute for getting real help. The show is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical and/or mental health advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified mental health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or mental health needs. And if you really need help now: Text the Crisis Text Line: text the word HOME to 741-751 1-800-Life-Net if you want or need to talk to someone right now. Pandemic Check In is produced by Western Sound and Brooklyn Minds.
29:60
March 30, 2020
Finding your new workworkhomehome balance, how to find peace when everything's changing
Dr. Owen Muir MD and, Dr. Rebecca Sinclair PhD, both of Brooklyn Minds, join Ben Adair from Western Sound, to talk about managing your mental health in this pandemic. We want to hear from you — how are you doing? What are you doing? What have you learned and what's hard? Call us at 858-255-1770, leave a message with your story. DISCLAIMER: Listening to a podcast is not a substitute for getting real help. The show is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical and/or mental health advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified mental health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or mental health needs. And if you really need help now: Text the Crisis Text Line: text the word HOME to 741-751 1-800-Life-Net if you want or need to talk to someone right now. Pandemic Check In is produced by Western Sound and Brooklyn Minds.
36:24
March 23, 2020
What we can learn from OCD patients, and when it's okay to turn off the news
We want to hear from you — how are you doing? What are you doing? What have you learned and what's hard?  Call us at 858-255-1770, leave a message with your story. DISCLAIMER: Listening to a podcast is not a substitute for getting real help. The show is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical and/or mental health advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified mental health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or mental health needs. And if you really need help now: Text the Crisis Text Line: text the word HOME to 741751 1-800-Life-Net if you want or need to talk to someone right now. Pandemic Check In is produced by Western Sound and Brooklyn Minds.
38:15
March 19, 2020
Mental health tips for surviving this pandemic
Dr. Owen Muir MD and Michelle Bernabe RN, both of Brooklyn Minds, join Ben Adair from Western Sound, to talk about managing your mental health in this pandemic.  We want to hear from you — how are you doing? What are you doing? What have you learned and what's hard? Call us at 858-255-1770, leave a message with your story. DISCLAIMER: Listening to a podcast is not a substitute for getting real help. The show is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical and/or mental health advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified mental health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or mental health needs. And if you really need help now:  Text the Crisis Text Line: text the word HOME to 741751 1-800-Life-Net if you want or need to talk to someone right now.  Pandemic Check In is produced by Western Sound and Brooklyn Minds.
10:13
March 18, 2020