The Dark Place: Honest Conversations About Mental Health | Depression | Anxiety

A shame-free space where people talk about their struggles, difficult past memories, and what it's like to live with mental illness. Common topics include depression, anxiety, abuse, and trauma. No matter the story, it will be met with compassion. Season 2 is now airing. Engage with the show and host Joel Kutz online at
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The Dark Place: Honest Conversations About Mental Health | Depression | Anxiety



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Apr 15, 2015

The 38-year-old discusses her lifelong emotional relationship with food, how she's been shaped by having an alcoholic father, and how she has redirected her depression and anxiety to help others. Guest co-host: Julia

Apr 7, 2015

The 21-year-old student talks about using success as a mask for her depression, admitting herself into psychiatric hold, and her recent experience of emerging from the darkness of suicidal thoughts.

Mar 23, 2015

The 24-year-old talks about the dangers of his own perfectionism, the pattern of negative thinking that led to his suicide attempt, and how he now works to reduce the stigma around mental health through his organization Free Minds United.

Mar 16, 2015

The 22-year-old comedian talks about struggling with body image as an in-shape male, feeling like he can't connect to others, reconciling a lack of meaning in the universe, and challenging audiences by talking about his depression.

Mar 9, 2015

The 23-year-old talks about her always-present underlying fear of her parents' death, going on anti-depressants when she wasn't depressed, and “that time in my formative years when a guy brought a gun to my Sunday school class.”

Feb 23, 2015

The 25-year-old talks about living with an addictive pattern of self-harm, realizing what happened to her as a child was sexual abuse, and getting to the point of being able to seek therapy. Plus, an email from listener "Boone."

Feb 16, 2015

The 23-year-old aspiring writer talks about finding out her mom had cancer on September 11, 2001, what it’s like to explain anxiety to classmates in high school, and going from not being able to sleep over at friends houses to moving across the country.

Feb 9, 2015
The 19-year-old comedian and USC screenwriting student talks about being bullied and socially isolated, how his past has influenced his anxiety and depression, and why everyone battling mental illness should seek treatment. Plus, why comedy is so important to him as self-expression.
Feb 2, 2015

The 24-year-old producer and creator of the blog discusses being honest about her anxiety in the Persian Jewish community and how a career in entertainment can be harmful to mental health. Plus, she goes over things not to say to someone with anxiety.

Jan 26, 2015
The 23-year-old radio producer and many-time game show contestant talks about the panic attacks that began when he believed he ate a toxic piece of blowfish, living with anxiety, and how to help support someone through a crisis.
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