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Wondrium Insights: Finding Strength in Mental Health Struggles

Dealing with Mental Health: Find the Light in the Darkness
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Overview

Mental health has become a big part of the national conversation, but many stigmas around the term still exist. In our latest edition of Wondrium Insights, you’ll meet four highly successful individuals who have faced overwhelming mental health challenges. They managed not only to survive, but also to find strength during their struggles.

About

Kate Fagan

Only by breaking the silence about mental health can we all find a path to healing.

Kate Fagan is an Emmy Award–winning journalist and the New York Times best-selling author of What Made Maddy Run, which was a semifinalist for the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing. She works for Meadowlark Media and cohosts the podcast Off the Looking Glass. She spent seven years as a columnist and feature writer for espnW, ESPN.com, and ESPN The Magazine and was a regular panelist on ESPN’s Around the Horn and host of Outside the Lines. She covered the Philadelphia 76ers for three seasons and played college basketball at the University of Colorado.

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Wondrium Insights: Finding Strength in Mental Health Struggles
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Wondrium Insights: Finding Strength in Mental Health Struggles

Trailer

Dr. Lisa Damour: The Importance of Seeking Help

01: Dr. Lisa Damour: The Importance of Seeking Help

Meet clinical psychologist Dr. Lisa Damour and get a brief overview of her experience and credentials. Discover why there is no such thing as irrational behavior, why digging into the underlying reasons behind behavior is so important, and how crucial it is to reach out for help when you find yourself struggling.

16 min
Jay Williams: Finding Grace amid Despair

02: Jay Williams: Finding Grace amid Despair

How can accidents and injuries affect someone mentally? In this conversation with sports analyst Jay Williams, you will hear his story as an up-and-coming sports star who experienced a major life change. With Kate and Dr. Lisa, Jay discusses adjusting to both sudden success and sudden disaster as he tells the story of his promising basketball career and the motorcycle accident that derailed it.

49 min
Solomon Thomas: Finding Purpose after a Tragic Loss

03: Solomon Thomas: Finding Purpose after a Tragic Loss

Approach the difficult topic of suicide and its mental health connections with help from Dr. Lisa, who considers both the victim and survivor perspectives. Meet professional football player Solomon Thomas and hear how he and his family turned a tragic loss into an opportunity to help others, as you continue to consider the importance of seeking help when you are in distress.

40 min
Mary Lambert: The Healing Power of Art

04: Mary Lambert: The Healing Power of Art

Finding the strength to move past childhood abuse is one of the toughest mental challenges anyone can face. Here, you will see how Mary Lambert managed to find an escape in songwriting and poetry, and how she learned to use her art not only as a source of personal strength, but also to help others who have experienced that pain in their own lives.

44 min
Sugar Ray Leonard: Finding the Courage to Face Your Trauma

05: Sugar Ray Leonard: Finding the Courage to Face Your Trauma

As you will see in this episode, no matter how glamorous a life can seem from the outside, the truth is always more complicated than it seems. Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard discusses his struggle with childhood trauma and abuse, the resulting alcoholism he used to cope with it, and reveals how overcoming the urge to stay silent helped him to process the past and take back control of his life.

29 min