About the Podcast

Host John Troutman is National Director of Marketing & Business Development at M&S EAP. With “Mental Health Success Stories,” John discusses mental health topics with industry leaders. Guests share real-life stories of mental health challenges that have impacted their business and personal lives, actions they’ve taken to improve their mental health, and what they might have done differently in hindsight.

  • Keeping Calm Under Pressure with Robert Steele

    Published On: December 30, 2022

    When starting a new company or saving one in turmoil, the odds of success are often stacked against you. In this episode, Robert Steele discusses anger management, the impact of criminal behavior and the importance of being “equally yoked” in business relationships. You can contact Robert at [email protected]

  • Hanging Up Your Superhero Cape with Ben Winfield

    Published On: December 29, 2022

    For people in helping professions, compartmentalizing isn’t always possible. In this episode, Ben Winfield talks about seeking help for unresolved trauma stemming from witnessing and experiencing things most humans don’t as a former Marine and firefighter. You can connect with Ben via Linkedin or email at [email protected] 

  • Looking for Solutions with Sims Tillirson

    Published On: December 29, 2022

    Our experiences may shape us, but they don’t have to define us. In this episode, Sims Tillirson shares about living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), panic disorder and agoraphobia as a survivor of sexual abuse. He also talks about how to avoid burnout and the victim mindset. You can contact Sims on LinkedIn or call/text [...]

  • Being Authentic and Transparent with Ryan Miller

    Published On: December 16, 2022

    In this episode, Ryan Miller discusses opening up to others about mental health struggles and including his daughters in conversations about difficult topics. He advises listeners not to glorify “the grind” and find moments of freedom.  You can email Ryan at [email protected] or find him on LinkedIn.

  • Helping Others Who are Struggling with Kimberlee Langford

    Published On: December 15, 2022

    In this episode, Kimberlee Langford shares about experiencing self-blame and feelings of failure around her family members’ battles with depression and suicidality. While it’s human nature to want to fix our loved ones’ problems, it’s more helpful to realize others’ struggles aren’t our fault – we can be of more assistance when we step outside [...]

  • Living Through Loss with Jack D. Holder

    Published On: December 8, 2022

    Although feelings of grief after losing a loved one may never disappear completely, Jack D. Holder believes we can hold onto the positive memories and life lessons while letting go of the negative. In this episode, Jack shares about losing someone dear to him and advises others experiencing the same to reach out and let [...]

  • Staying Balanced with Eric Silverman

    Published On: December 1, 2022

    Individuals working in the mental health space can sometimes have a hard time taking care of their own mental health — similar to a mechanic who doesn’t want to come home and work on their own car. In this episode, Eric Silverman talks about sticking to your schedule both personally and professionally and taking work [...]

  • Put Aside Your Pride with Andrew McNerlin

    Published On: November 21, 2022

    In this episode, Andrew McNerlin discusses navigating feelings of abandonment as an adoptee and working toward honest, candid relationships with loved ones who have clashing beliefs. He advises listeners who may be struggling to put aside their pride and acknowledges that all humans are “beautiful messes.” Andrew can be reached on LinkedIn.

  • Be Yourself with Edwige Ligonde

    Published On: November 21, 2022

    Men, especially, tend to feel pressure to appear strong at all times – at work and at home. In this episode, Edwige Ligonde talks about destigmatizing mental health, prioritizing what’s important and showing up as your authentic self instead of trying to be someone else.  You can connect with Edwige by sending him a message [...]

  • Learning to Lean on Others with Bob McCollins

    Published On: November 7, 2022

    You can power through dark times alone, but according to Bob McCollins, it’s better to open yourself up to and accept help and support. In this episode, Bob discusses dealing with suicidal thoughts after divorce and job loss and the importance of caring for yourself so you can show up for others.  Connect with Bob [...]

  • A Little Grace Goes a Long Way with Allison De Paoli

    Published On: October 27, 2022

    In this episode, Allison De Paoli discusses the importance of being gracious to others who may be struggling with difficulties in their personal lives. At the same time, it’s crucial to extend the same grace to ourselves and allow others to see us as human. She also opens up about navigating feelings of grief, failure [...]

  • Turning Grief into Motivation with Lester J. Morales

    Published On: October 20, 2022

    In this episode, Lester J. Morales shares how losing both of his parents before the age of 40 has shaped the person he is today. Lessons he’s learned include how to balance being present with playing the long game, why getting comfortable with vulnerability is beneficial and the importance of building his own legacy as [...]

  • Managing Stress with Nancy Giacolone

    Published On: October 13, 2022

    Stress can manifest as physical symptoms and be incredibly damaging to the body, mind and spirit. However, sometimes the only way out of a stressful situation is to get through it, so healthy coping skills are key. In this episode, Nancy Giacolone talks about balancing maximizing productivity with caring for her employees, battling feelings of [...]

  • Tips for Getting Out of Your Head and Avoiding Burnout with Spencer Smith

    Published On: October 6, 2022

    Letting go of what you can’t control is sometimes necessary for growth. In this episode, Spencer Smith talks about coping with loneliness, increasing self-awareness and overcoming self-doubt as a young person. He also shares practical strategies for preventing burnout. You can connect with Spencer Smith on Linkedin. Disclaimer: This podcast is provided to you for [...]

  • Putting in the Work When No One’s Watching with Andy Neary

    Published On: September 29, 2022

    According to Andy Neary, the most successful people are those who are not satisfied with 'ok' but want to become great — people who know they can do better and are constantly seeking guidance to take their business or craft to the next level. In this episode, Andy shares tips for showing up as your [...]

  • How to Be Your Own Mental Health Advocate with Stacy Fry

    Published On: September 22, 2022

    You don’t have to go it alone – if you’ve suffered a trauma, reach out and seek the support you need. Trauma doesn’t have to govern how you live the rest of your life. In this episode, Stacy Fry shares about traumatic childbirth, a close call with gun violence and the benefits of therapy. Stacy Fry is the Director of Communications with Alera Group as well as a proud wife, mother of two and football fan. Get in touch with Stacy at [email protected] or connect with her on Linkedin.