Podcast Addresses Behavioral Health Through the Lifespan

A behavioral health crisis is impacting all ages, from children to seniors, with three-quarters of all mental illness in the United States manifesting by age 24. A new season of Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network's miniVHAN podcast series features speakers discussing behavioral health across the lifespan, including depression, anxiety, neurodiversity, trauma and grief.

Though the guest speakers are clinicians, the episodes offer helpful insights and tips for all audiences. By talking about behavioral health needs more openly, the podcast creators hope to overcome ingrained fear and stigma of mental health concerns.

Here are details of each episode:

The Road to Mental Wellness: A Conversation With Health Care Experts on Anxiety and Depression

The first episode features Jason Greenhagen, MD, and Susan O'Hara, MSW, LCSW, clinicians in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Vanderbilt Health Medical Center (VUMC). They discuss the signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression, how these conditions show up in people of all ages and when clinical support may be needed.

Stream the episode now: www.vhan.com/mini-vhan-podcast/episode/the-road-to-mental-wellness-a-conversation-with-health-care-experts-on-anxiety-and-depression/.

'All Brains Are Good': A Closer Look at Autism and ADHD 

The second episode will feature Kelly Geelan, LMSW at VUMC, and Alison Peak, LCSW, of Allied Behavioral Health Solutions, discussing Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and other issues related to neurodiversity.

Stream the episode on neurodiversity on Oct. 24.


The third episode will cover trauma. It will feature Sophie Bell, LCSW, senior clinician, Here/Now Psychotherapy Collective in Brooklyn, NY, and Tasia York, MD, child and adolescent psychiatrist and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at VUMC.

Stream the episode on trauma on Nov. 7.


The fourth episode will focus on different types of grief and how to cope with loss. Experts will be Rebecca Sebastian, LCSW, MPH, who has expertise in bereavement, grief, acute stress and trauma, and Martha Sheppard, DO, MPH, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Pediatrics at VUMC.

Stream the episode on grief on Nov. 21.

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