A collage of photos with the word "recovery" on itRecently, the Hogg Foundation published the 80th episode of our podcast, Into the Fold: Issues in Mental Health. Launched in 2014, the podcast served as a new way to share the human implications of our grantmaking, and the experiences related to mental health broadly. Through interviews and thought-provoking dialogue, the podcast also highlights the challenges and achievements of mental health advocates, policymakers, service providers, researchers, persons with lived experience, and foundation staff.

Today we continue our blog series showcasing a variety of our favorite podcast episodes. Check out the first two in this series for conversations about the impact of our everyday systems on well-being, and on belonging and inclusion. Stay tuned for future posts highlighting episodes related to Community Well-being, Mental Health Then and Now, and Wisdom for Today.

Note: Short on time? A written summary is provided for most of our podcast episodes.


Start Listening: On Recovery

We value the perspectives of people in recovery and call on them to offer up their wisdom and expertise regularly. “Recovery” is a rich and layered concept and recovery journeys are unique to every person. People with lived experience of mental illness and recovery are not just survivors of their circumstances, but agents for change.

  • Episode 77: Consumer Voice: Its Role in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    Just over a decade ago, we hired our first two consumer and family liaisons, Stephany Bryan and Tammy Heinz. We look back at their 10 years (and counting) with the foundation and discuss the connection between recovery and the new mission to transform how communities promote mental health in everyday life.
  • Episode 52: Black Student Athlete Mental Health: A Player Speaks
    Imani McGee-Stafford was a standout for The University of Texas at Austin women’s basketball team. She discusses how mental health challenges can show up in the life of an elite athlete, and how the culture of sports impacts mental health and wellness.
  •  Episode 44: Communities Support Recovery: The Clubhouse Model
    Austin Clubhouse’s unique approach to community care is used to create a structured environment in which work, play and kinship can coexist. Athena McClendon shares her recovery story and how she discovered community at the Clubhouse.
  • Episode 6: Peer Support as Innovative Disruption
    “If you have come to help me, you’re wasting your time. If you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” Chacku Mathai, former member of our National Advisory Council, makes his case for why peer support is not just a new way of delivering services, but is about disruptive change.
  • Episode 51: The Social Entrepreneurship Model
    Jason Howell of SoberHood talks about his journey of recovery from substance use, and his recent successes at using recovery principles as pillars for creative social enterprises that make a difference in people’s lives.
  • Episode 14: You Can’t Just “Pray it Away.”
    Pastor A.J. Quinton of Diakonos Ministries in Austin, Texas speaks candidly about the double bind that faith community leaders confront as they try to balance their pastoral commitments with their own mental health.

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