Dr. Jill Harkavy-Friedman, Senior VP of Research, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Join us this week as we kick off Suicide Prevention Month with Dr. Jill Harkavy-Friedman from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Dr. Harkavy-Friedman talks about how education is one of the best ways to prevent suicide and talks about some of the resources available on the AFSP website. One of these resources includes AFSP’s […]

Johanna Kandel, Founder and CEO, The National Alliance for Eating Disorders

Join us as we speak with Johanna Kandel, founder and CEO of The National Alliance for Eating Disorders. Johanna opens up about her passion behind advocating for eating disorder awareness, sheds light on why eating disorders are important within mental health and mental health research, and speaks about options if you or someone you love […]

Steve Miccio, Founder & CEO, People-USA

Please join us as we sit down with Steve Miccio, founder and CEO of People-USA, to discuss his model of respite housing and unique treatment options that have been wildly successful in the United States and overseas. Steve lends an insightful perspective based on his own personal experience and years of working with individuals living […]

Omar Moreira, Business Development Manager, Segal Trials

Please join us as we sit down with Omar Moreira from Segal Trials to discuss being open with your mental health diagnosis and being open about options for treatment. Omar gives the pro’s and con’s of discussing diagnosis, empathetic responses when individuals trust you with their diagnosis, and transparency on clinical trials as a care […]

Chris Bullard, Executive Director of Sound Mind Live Music Festival for Mental Health

Chris Bullard founded the Sound Mind Live Music Festival for Mental Health to help end the stigma around mental illness through the power of music, drawing on his own lived experience. Chris worked with the NAMI affiliate in NYC to start a music support group for musicians with mental health disorders. Sound Mind Live grew […]

Lynda Gargan, PhD Executive Director The National Federation of Families

Dr. Lynda Gargan serves as the Executive Director for the National Federation of Families. Dr. Gargan has a wealth of experience in community-based behavioral health at the local, state, and national levels. She has a rich background in field research, including longitudinal studies in multiple class action lawsuits. Join her and The STARR Coalition on […]

Leslee Bagley, MHPP, Mental Health Advocate, Peer Support Specialist and Paraprofessional, Lives with Schizoaffective Disorder

In this month’s podcast, Leslee Bagley shares her story to inspire and bring hope to others living with mental illnesses. Leslee’s main message is one of hope: “I am proof that treatment really does work.” She urges those with mental illnesses to let people know what was going on with them and not suffer in […]

Andrei Pikalov, MD, PhD, Vice President, Head of Global Medical Affairs at Sunovion Pharmaceuticals

Andrei Pikalov, MD, PhD, Vice President, Head of Global Medical Affairs at Sunovion Pharmaceuticals speaks with The STARR’s Luke Kramer in this episode. Dr. Pikalov, a licensed & Board Certified psychiatrist, possesses a unique combination of pharmaceutical industry leadership experience with scientific background and clinical expertise. He is a passionate advocate on issues related to […]

Michael Pollock, CEO, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

In this podcast, Luke speaks with Michael Pollock, CEO of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA). Michael, whose personal connection to mental illness drives his commitment to the importance of DBSA’s work,talks about what DBSA is doing to support those living with mental health disorders including recruiting and training more facilitators, expanding the number […]

Kevin M. Lynch, Founder, President, & CEO, The Quell Foundation

In this podcast, Luke speaks with Kevin Lynch, Founder, President, and CEO of The Quell Foundation. Kevin talks about their scholarship programs, which provide a pipeline of future mental health care professionals. The Quell Foundation scholarship program has awarded over a million dollars to students in 49 states across the US. But that’s not all […]