The Depression Files
By Al Levin
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Men experience depression differently. Al Levin interviews men who have suffered from depression, educating those who may know little about mental illnesses while giving hope to those who may be suffering.
||ExplicitAl Interviews Dan Ryder | Educator, Improviser & Design Thinker||In this episode, Al interviews Dan Ryder, educator, improviser, and design thinker (recorded 5-2-18). Dan describes how his family moved while he was in fifth ...||7/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAl Interviews Mike Veny | Author, Drummer, Motivational Speaker & Mental Health Advocate||In this episode, Al interviews Mike Veny, author, drummer, motivational speaker, and mental health advocate (recorded 6-7-18). Mike describes a challenging childhood consisting of being ...||7/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAl Interviews Mike Schlossberg | PA State Representative & Author||In this episode, Al interviews Mike Schlossberg, a Pennsylvania State Representative and author (recorded 5-28-18). Mike is best known in his State Representative position for ...||6/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAl Interviews Rene Mullen | Writer, Poet & Mental Health Advocate||In this episode, Al interviews writer, poet, and mental health advocate Rene Mullen (recorded 2-7-18). Rene describes a childhood of being bullied that eventually drove ...||6/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAl Interviews Dr. Loren Olson | Psychiatrist & Author||In this episode, Al interviews Dr. Loren Olson, a psychiatrist and published author (recorded 2-13-18). Dr. Olson shares about his own challenges of depression and ...||5/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAl Interviews Erez Shek | Mental Health Advocate & Vlogger||In this episode, Al interviews Erez Shek, mental health advocate and vlogger (recorded 3-19-18). In this very candid interview, Erez opens up to the challenges ...||5/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAl Interviews Patrick Donnelly | Editor & Freelance Writer||In this episode, Al interviews Patrick Donnelly, editor and freelance writer (recorded 2-20-17). One of Al's very first interviews, he met Patrick for the first ...||4/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAl Interviews Jean-Francois Dupras | Mountaineer & Mental Health Advocate||Al interviews Jean-Francois Dupras, mountaineer mental health advocate (recorded 12-14-17). Jean-Francois describes several traumatizing events early in his life. Self-medicating to get by, Jean-Francois ...||4/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAl Interviews Joe Barksdale | NFL Offensive Linesman for LA Chargers||In this episode, Al interviews Joe Barksdale, offensive tackle for the Los Angeles Chargers of the NFL (recorded 2-27-18). Joe describes the lifelong challenges he ...||3/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAl Interviews Josh Okerson | Aspiring Author||In this episode, Al interviews Josh Okerson, aspiring author (recorded 12-4-17). Josh discusses his long battle of panic disorder, anxiety, and depression. Josh shares his ...||3/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAl Interviews Paul Currington | Storyteller||In this episode, Al interviews Paul Currington, ex-comedian and now (still very funny) storyteller. Inspired by The Moth, Paul has created Fresh Ground Stories. Every ...||2/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAl Interviews Gary Pollard | Founder of Men Tell Health||In this episode, Al interviews Gary Pollard, founder of Men Tell Health (recorded 10-15-17). After months of stomach pains and misdiagnoses, Gary was finally admitted ...||2/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAl Interviews John Solomon | Lead Singer & Song Writer of Communist Daughter||In this episode, Al interviews John Solomon, lead singer and songwriter of the popular Twin Cities band, Communist Daughter (recorded 1-17-18). John shares his past ...||1/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAl Interviews Robert Vore | Blogger, Podcaster & Mental Health Advocate||In this episode, Al interviews Robert Vore, blogger, podcaster, and mental health advocate (recorded 9-17-17). Robert shares many of the struggles he had throughout his ...||1/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAl Interviews John | City Public Works Employee||In this episode, Al interviews John, a local city public works employee (recorded 2-15-17). One of Al's first interviews, John and Al were connected through ...||12/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAl Interviews JP | Blogger & Podcaster||In this episode, Al interviews blogger podcaster, JP (recorded on 8-17-17). JP was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder over 14 years ago and more ...||12/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAl Interviews Tom Chapman | Founder of The Lions Barber Collective||In this bonus episode, Al interviews Tom Chapman, founder of The Lions Barber Collective (recorded on 9-10-17). Tom shares about his friend's tragic suicide that ...||12/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAl Interviews Jeff Emmerson | Author, Advocate & Blogger||In this episode, Al interviews author of the recently released Beyond ADHD: Overcoming the Label and Thriving. Born and raised in Ontario, Canada, Jeff began ...||12/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAl Interviews Paul Gilmartin | Comedian, Television Personality & Podcast Host||In this episode, Al interviews comedian Paul Gilmartin. Paul is the host of "The Mental Illness Happy Hour", a very popular, weekly audio podcast consisting ...||11/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAl Interviews Dennis Gillan | Mental Health Advocate & Motivational Speaker||In this episode, Al interviews mental health advocate motivational speaker, Dennis Gillan. Dennis shares his powerful and inspirational story of surviving two separate sibling ...||11/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
So thankful for Al's kind, insightful approach to the personal narrative surrounding men's mental health. Great show!
Al Levin has a natural, easy going interview style that helps folks feel comfortable sharing their stories and hard won wisdom. His demeanor, his openness about his own experiences with depression, and his passion for mental health advocacy allow him to deftly navigate sensitive waters and push the conversations to the proper depth.
A much needed podcast to support men with mental illness