Speaking with Dr. Mike Friedman, the trio of Katie Gavin, Josette Maskin, and Naomi McPherson explore how the skills of love and acceptance are vital to our mental health journey as we work on the things that we would like to change. It’s easy to assume that we either accept ourselves and therefore don’t need to make changes, or we don’t accept ourselves, and that serves as motivation to make changes. This assumption can lead to a problematic cycle in which we engage in constant self-criticism in order to impel us to make improvements in our lives.
The band talks about how being more loving and accepting towards ourselves is a much better context for understanding and making change. Whether it’s improving our general mental health or understanding our gender identity or sexuality, we need to approach these issues from a place of compassion. That will allow us to be more patient and curious rather than harsh and critical, leading to a more virtuous cycle in which we can work on making necessary changes and build an affirming community around us.
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Going There is an interview series in which clinical psychologist and life coach Dr. Mike Friedman talks with musicians about the crossroads where music and mental health meet. The series tackles the tough questions and conversations so that we can put an end to the stigma of mental illness and get the care we need.
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To coincide with Pride Month, June 2022’s episodes focused on LGBTQ+ mental health are specially presented by imi, created by Hopelab. imi guide is a free, research-backed, mental health tool built for and with LGBTQ+ teens looking for support and help in affirming their identity and learning practical ways to cope with stress that is helpful, relevant, inclusive, and joyful. Find it at imi.guide.