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S.T.A.Y. Tuned Podcast

podcast logo is a blue square with outline of head wearing headphones S.T.A.Y. Tuned: Supporting Transition-Age Youth Podcast is a podcast made for and by young adults with mental health conditions. Guests include:

  • Researchers and colleagues who share information from their studies and interventions designed to support transition-aged youth and young adults navigating school or work.
  • Young adults with mental health conditions who share their journeys navigating high school, college, and post-grad life. These authentic conversations offer an inside look into what it’s like transitioning to adulthood when you have a mental health condition.

Listen below from Spotify; or on Apple, Google, Pandora, Stitcher and YouTube.

Episode 12: Why Millennials and Gen Z Love Nostalgia & How it Impacts Mental Health
Do you find yourself going back to your childhood favorite shows and movies like Wizards of Waverly Place, Mulan, or Max and Ruby? Maybe you find yourself playing your old games like Webkinz, The Sims, and Pokemon. It’s actually quite common if sometimes all you want to do after a long day of work is consume the nostalgic content you grew up with. But what we wanted to know is, what is it about nostalgia that soothes us? Why do we find comfort in the things from our past? Can nostalgia be intentionally implemented as a tool to help us cope with our stressors in life? Join us as we explore these questions and discuss our childhood favorites to hopefully give you your own dose of nostalgia for the day. Click here to read the transcript. Click here to watch on our YouTube Channel.

Episode 11: Progress isn't Linear, You Might Even Need a Detour Out of School
Graduate high school, graduate college, get a job. A deceivingly simple timeline that young adults were expected to follow since they were kids. In reality, life is messy and we're here to tell you detours along the way are normal and there's more than one way to reach your goals. In this episode, we bring on Maya Ingram, a Project Director here at UMass Chan Medical School. Maya tells her story of how she navigated the ups and downs life has thrown at her all while paving the way for her career. Click here to read the transcript. Click here to watch it on our YouTube Channel.

Episode 10: "Too sick" to work? - Breaking the narrative
Join us and Dr. Michelle Mullen CRC, CPRP, as we discuss her work on preventing disability and keeping young adults out of a system that breaks them. She explains why the language used to describe the mental health of young adults is so key and what can be done to change the narrative of self-blame. We also get into her thoughts on what the future of mental health care should look like for young adults and how we can work towards it. Click here to read the transcript

Episode 9: Trauma is a thief- reclaiming your power
Left alone at a baseball field in a thunderstorm with no way to get home, 17-year-old Joan Sullivan found that her life had changed forever. Joan would later be diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), in part from the tangled web family often weaves. As young adults, many are left to overcome the traumas they were dealt growing up, leaving them confused and powerless as they transition to adulthood. In this episode, Joan shares her story about how she was able to find her power again. Click here to read the transcript. Click here to watch it on our YouTube Channel.

Episode 8: Prioritizing YOU - taking a leave of absence
How does one go about sharing their mental health conditions with their supervisor? What's it like coming back from taking a leave? How might you address your leave of absence with colleagues? Mei and Emily, our podcast hosts, have brought on Ali Gold, a State-Wide Youth/Young Adult Peer Coordinator to help answer these questions. Click here to read the written transcript

Episode 7: Is anybody out there? The isolation of adulthood.
Hello hello! Emily and Mei are back this week with a special episode of STAY tuned. In this episode, we wanted to let you guys get to know us a little bit better. We keep it real and discuss our struggles in creating healthy routines in a life where screens dominate our whole day and later get into the lonely reality of post-grad life. 

Episode 6: We're working on it! featuring Emma Narkewicz, MPA
Today's episode features iSPARC's very own Emma Narkewicz, a research coordinator here at the Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research. Emma begins by walking us through her work on Pre-employment Transition Services in Massachusetts. Later we dive into what it's like being a young adult with mental health conditions entering the workforce and sustaining a career. Let's talk navigating mental health as a young professional, living wages, and what we wish we had known going into college! 

Episode 5: The WEIGHT of weight stigma featuring Dr. Nana Yaa Marfo
Today's podcast episode features Nana Yaa Marfo, PhD, a clinical psychology postdoctoral fellow here at iSPARC. Dr. Marfo provides outpatient clinical care and conducts mental health services research. Her past experiences working on weight-related studies informed our chat today. We discuss unrealistic body expectations promoted by social media, food insecurity on college campuses, the impact of weight stigma on young adult mental health, and how the social determinants of health play a role in weight stigma.

Episode 4: Trauma informed care for LGBTQ+ youth with Antonia Barba, LCSW
Join in on our conversation with Antonia Barba, as she guides us through her expertise in trauma-informed, affirming care for LGBTQ+ youth. We touch on how clinicians can work with unwilling caregivers to accept gender and sexual identity, the intersectionalities of LGBTQ+ youth, advocacy work, and even dive into the systemic issues within our healthcare system.

Episode 3: Tailoring Mental Health Treatments to Young Adult Voices with Dr. Michelle Munson
In this episode, we interview Michelle Munson, PhD, a professor at NYU's Silver School of Social Work. Dr. Munson walks us through her innovative research, collaborating with youth to fully understand what implementation strategies and tools will best meet their unique needs and desires.

Episode 2: Engaging Youth in Mental Health Services featuring Dr. Vanessa Klodnick
In this episode, we interview Vanessa Klodnick, PhD, at Thresholds, on her work in youth and young adult services engagement and speak with her about her vast experience in participatory action research in transition-age youth mental health services. 

Episode 1: The Unique Importance of Transition-Age Youth Services featuring Dr. Maryann Davis
In this episode, we interview Maryann Davis, PhD, an internationally renowned expert in youth and young adult mental and behavioral health services on her journey into developing the field of transition-age youth mental health services research.