Former television host/standup comedian Paul Gilmartin hosts a weekly audio podcast called The Mental Illness Happy Hour, consisting of interviews with artists, friends, listeners and the occasional doctor
The show is geared towards anyone interested in or affected by depression, addiction trauma, sexual confusion/shame and other mental challenges.
Paul’s hope is that the show and website (www.mentalpod.com) will give people a place to connect, smile and feel the return of hope. The biggest myth about mental illness is that you are alone and there is no help.
From 1995 to 2011 Paul Gilmartin co-hosted TBS’ Dinner and a Movie, and has been a stand-up comedian since 1987. His credits include Comedy Central Presents: Paul Gilmartin, numerous Bob and Tom albums, comedy festivals and the Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He is also a frequent guest on the Adam Carolla podcast, performing political satire as right-wing Congressman Richard Martin.
Paul was thrilled to be diagnosed with clinical depression in 1999. Since 2003 he has been sober. He lives in Los Angeles with a patient, loving wife and two spoiled dogs.
Once you’ve tired of reading this, wear yourself out at paulgilmartin.com or the website for his satirical character askarepublican.com. And if you’re really stalky, even check out the furniture he makes at handshapedfurniture.com. Beyond that, you’d have to call his mom, which you will regret.
- See more at: http://mentalpod.com/about-the-show#sthash.Y3GTSR81.dpuf
Mental Health and overcoming the stigma of mental illness, addiction and other battles of the mind/soul/body.
People living with mental illness, addiction or the scars of trauma: You Are Not Alone
The part of yourself you want to hide from others, or what you dislike about yourself.
Woodworking, hockey, guitar.
I used to be suicidal and didn't know that what I was experiencing was depression, alcoholism and drug addiction. Through support groups and therapy I have learned how to stay sober and become vulnerable. I used to try to numb myself to cope, now I try to communicate with others, especially people who have experienced similar things. I never knew what my mother did to me is considered sexually abusive; I didn't know women could misuse access to their children's bodies and that it wasn't my fault. Now I do and through my podcast I talk about all these issues with people who have had similar experiences. They are the conversations I wanted to have my whole life but didn't know how to start. I used to want to end my life. I no longer feel that way because it has so much meaning. I am learning to love myself, have compassion for those around me, and how to protect myself from those who don't.
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