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Creating Safe Spaces with SOAK in the Going There Season 3 Premiere

The non-binary artist discusses the stress of embracing gender identity and sexuality

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Going There with SOAK, photo by Sam Hiscox
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    The Going There with Dr. Mike podcast returns for a third season of shattering the stigma of mental health. Season 3 will find clinical psychologist and life coach Dr. Mike Friedman joined by some of your favorite musicians to have honest, open conversations at the crossroads of music and mental health.

    We’re launching during Pride Month with a specific focus on LGBTQ+ issues and discussions. To help us kick things off, singer-songwriter Bridie Monds-Watson, better known as the artist SOAK, joins Going There to talk about the challenges people face as they seek to understand and express their identity in the world.

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    The If I Never Know You Like This Again musician explains how many people in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ+) community face ongoing stressors in which other people are not as accepting or understanding about parts of their gender or sexual identity. These stressors can include having to repeatedly explain their gender or sexual identity and pronouns, being teased or bullied, or even being threatened with abuse or being thrown out of their homes or communities.

    SOAK describes how people in the LGBTQ+ community are under so much stress that they may seek to avoid everything about their gender, sexuality, or other parts of their identity — often compounding their depression and anxiety.  The “Purgatory” artists addresses a range of coping strategies that have helped them, including finding safe spaces where they are free to embrace their identity, as well as connecting to the powerful music of Tegan and Sara.

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    Season 3 of Going There is brought to you by the fine folks at The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, who never stop working to create a future where disease is a thing of the past.

    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.

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