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Episode 20 - Jessica Cruz

Jessica Cruz is the CEO of NAMI California. She openly and generously shares her journey on how she didn’t turn her back on her mother, who suffers from mental illness. She like so many NAMI members, have learned that NAMI is comprised of everyday people who have become experts due to their first-hand experience. Because of that reality, her motto, “Lead with love and not fear,” is her driving force to successfully enroll people to rely on NAMI as their tribe.   


Episode 19 - Francine Sumner 

Watching this episode, you will learn about warrior Francine Sumner, founder/CEO of Kid In the Corner who is shattering the stigma of mental illness.  Stigma was the leading cause of her teenage son’s suicide. Thus, Francine’s grassroots organization was born, now shining a light on mental illness through education, awareness, and contagious kindness.


Episode 18 - Yashi Brown

Yashi Brown is an author, poet, public speaker, and a leading voice in the mental health space since 2011. Poetry became her chosen creative expression upon experiencing severe bipolar depression and mania symptoms as a young adult. Today, she is an award-winning mental health advocate, artist and speaker. Please enjoy the episode and listen to Yashi Brown speak about her amazing journey through life. 

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Episode 17 - Dr. Ally

Dr. Allycin Hicks is a Mental Health/Relationship Expert, television personality, and founder of DOUX Consulting Group. She lectures at Cal State LA and has been featured on networks including OWN, VH1, MTV, and NBC, in articles for Black Love, The Knot, and Bon Appetit, and also on a number of podcasts.

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Episode 16 - Brenda Sarai Zuniga

Brenda Sarai Zuniga's ADHD, (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), motivated her to develop an unconventional meditation practice called MX3. Learn about this practice and discover how it dissolved her frustration with meditation, and enabled her the focus to be a mindfulness coach, comedian/performer, NAMI "In Our Own Words" speaker, "Ending the silence" speaker, as well as a mental health motivational speaker.  


Episode 15 - Scott Kiloby

Scott Kiloby is the founder of Kiloby Center for Recovery and Natural Rest House Detox Residential Center. After a life as a musician, songwriter, lawyer, and a 20-year drug and alcohol addiction, he hit bottom and got clean with the 12-step program. However, he was driven to investigate spiritual practices. He then woke up beyond his ego and realized he had to teach and incorporate non-traditional ways to help others. His centers became ground-breaking because they incorporated Eastern-based thinking, called mindfulness. He translated text from Hinduism and Buddhism for English speaking countries for the mental health recovery world instilling the integration of the body, mind, and soul.

Contact information:  866-545-6295 and


Episode 14 - Natalie Litza Cadet

Singing since the age of four, Natalie Litza Cadet has become a songwriter, producer, musical arranger, and amazing singer with a three-octave vocal range. She released her debut album, "My Journey," in 2016 and has written songs for Grammy nominees and winners. Join us as she shares her story, in this 2 part series. 

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Episode 13 - Victoria Hussey

The knowledgeable, poised, Tori Hussey is a health coach who shared her motto on this podcast and it’s worth transcribing!  “Your health is an investment, not an expense. However, it will become an expense if you don’t invest in it.” Tori attended a NAMI Family to Family class and gained helpful tools on how to communicate better with her loved one who suffers from anxiety and debilitating OCD. However, in-class she was surprised to learn that nutrition was not a basic foundation in many of the students’ lives or their loved ones suffering from mental illness. Nutrition is a strong foundation for overall health and Tori feels it is not emphasized in the recovery process. Lucky for us she’s advocating nutrition and we support her endeavors.

*There are no guarantees and results are different for everyone. Results vary depending on individual effort, body composition, age, eating patterns, exercise, and the like. Less than 2% of independent consultants reach the Regional Vice President level. For typical annual earnings, visit


Episode 12 - Kailyn Lowry

Kailyn "Kail" Lowry is a television personality, book author, parenting blogger, and social media influencer with over 8 million followers. After her debut appearance on MTV's hit show "Teen Mom," Kailyn became one of America's favorite young moms. Kailyn is the proud mother of four beautiful boys. 

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Episode 11 - Dave Stairs 

Dave Stairs is a genuinely thoughtful person who discusses the hand-wringing question that nobody wants to broach.  “What will happen to my loved one when I die?” Setting up a support system for his loved one, who suffers from high functioning autism, and social anxiety disorder is now checked off  Dave’s to-do list. Dave has peace of mind that his loved one is provided for when he is diseased. This delicate subject is addressed with steps and easy to listen to guidance. No need to avoid doing the right thing. Listen to this wise past president of NAMI SFV and current co-leader of the Care and Share groupsHe’s walking the talk and has provided the necessary security for his loved one. 


Episode 10: Part 1 - 10/19/2020, Part 2 - 10/26/2020: Brandy Norwood

Join us for our two part interview with Brandy Norwood - the singer, start of the 90's sitcom "Moesha", and actress who gave a masterful performance in "Chicago". Listen to Brandy further discuss how she has handled personal challenges and found a path back to the light, creativity, and healing. 

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Episode 9 - 10/12/2020: Beth Boyd 

One of the biggest challenges when dealing with mental illness is recognizing the positive opportunities. Beth Boyd did that and boldly tells her epiphany she had while supporting her daughter as they both trudged the road of mental illness. Today her daughter is successfully living in recovery. Beth, a retired hospital chaplain sought out volunteer work and landed at NAMI SFV at her daughter’s suggestion.  Beth freely offers her heart, undertaking a myriad of volunteer positions; NAMI SFV Board Secretary, Instructor for QPR (suicide prevention class) and mental health first aid call, a Helpline volunteer, and Family Support Group facilitator.

Episode 8 - 10/05/2020: Yasmin Irfani

Fortunately for NAMI SFV, Yasmin Irfani,  is our NAMI SFV Youth Programs Director. Growing up as an only child in the Pakistani culture, she was labeled a highly sensitive girl. This label caused her to believe there was something horribly wrong with her and she needed fixing. Based on her experience, her culture and family didn’t speak about vulnerability nor emotions, like fear, sadness, and anger. Today as an adult, she does not stay silent which in turn has dissolved her label. Listening to her eloquently share how she bravely unlearns beliefs that don’t serve her anymore proves her to be a powerful role model for her community.   

Episode 7 - 09/28/2020: Adilene Valenzuela

"NAMI puts the most vulnerable people first,” says,  Adilene Valenzuela - NAMI GLAC Walk Manager and Manager of Public Programs. “When the most vulnerable are taken care of, everybody is taken care of.” Adilene’s vulnerability shines in this episode recounting her empathy for her college roommate’s panic attack and shame, never realizing that act of kindness was her first step on the path leading her towards NAMI.

Episode 6 - 09/21/2020: Robin Steiner

MHM welcomes another woman of valor, Robin Steiner. She’s a NAMI SFV Family to Family Teacher, Board Member, Support Group Facilitator, LAPD Mental Health Speaker and has a son with BiPolar I. Told by a doctor that her son was a lost cause this mother-bear fiercely and relentlessly got her son help and today he’s living a productive life. Mama Robin deserves a big bear-hug!

Episode 5 - 09/14/2020: Marla and Dave Thomas

“The Show Must Go On,” is the philosophy from our principled hosts, Marla and Dave, as they both individually support their beloved fathers during their respective end-of-life passages. This episode begins the reveal and process of their private world as parents dealing with mental health. Their tender hearts motivate them as a solid team providing a positive difference by helping others who need to recognize, accept, and manage mental illness. 

Episode 4 - 08/31/2020: Jim Randall

Jim Randall, as a child was terrorized by his older sibling who suffered from severe mental illness, rendering him helpless. As an adult, he found NAMI and dived into volunteering transcending fear and arriving at peace of mind. He’s currently on the California State Board, NAMI Training Coordinator for LAPD, and compiles all the news that's fit to print for our weekly NAMI SFV e-newsletter. 

Episode 3 - 08/24/2020: Moniece Slaughter

Moniece Slaughter,  daughter of Marla Thomas and stepfather Dave Thomas, is best known as the star of Love & Hip Hop Hollywood from ’13 - ’19, and singer/songwriter who sang the theme song for America's Next Top Model, which Dave Thomas wrote and produced. Part of Moniece's appeal besides her celebrity status is she's plain-spoken, revealing insight into her mental-illness recovery progress. 

Episode 2 - 08/17/2020: Kim Bunnell

Kim Bunnell, our wonderful President of NAMI Greater Los Angeles County, candidly talks about how helping his best friend's son who has mental illness motivated him to be president. His truthful story-telling provides an opportunity for anyone to reflect and examine the importance of being involved in a community that makes the world a better place. 

Episode 1 - 08/10/2020: Sabu Terry & Elisa Delatorre

Sabu Terry & Elisa Delatorre bravely open up about how they learned to navigate the difficult job of caring for loved ones with mental illness while striving to keep their relationship mentally healthy. These two provide encouragement to those struggling to maintain "couple-love" while learning new ways to lovingly care for mentally ill loved ones.

Pilot Episode 1: Leah Messer

Leah Messer is famously known for being in the hit TV show, "Teen Mom" and her published memoir, "Hope, Grace, and Faith". On this episode of MHM, Leah shares with us her own personal experiences as a teen mom and how it affected her mental health, as well as what it was like being in the spotlight at a young age.

Pilot Episode 2: Mark Gale

Mark Gale, a bright everyday businessman, is from our very own NAMI GLAC, and also a Criminal Justice Chair Member. He shares his harrowing story about his mentally ill son’s experiences with the criminal court system.  Mark’s transparency provides conviction and hope for anyone who is currently scared and frustrated with properly navigating the criminal court system. 



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HelpLine: (818) 994-6747
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