The Mental Gains Podcast offers a candid exploration into the complexities of mental health and substance abuse, co-hosted by Verna Mullins and Kay Flowerz. Together, they uncover the lives and stories of individuals in Northwest Ohio, addressing the challenges and victories of living with mental health disorders and journeying through recovery. In addition to exploring mental health and substance abuse, they delve into holistic wellness practices, highlighting ways to nurture mind, body, and spirit. Each episode provides deep insights into personal experiences, alongside expert advice and practical strategies. Our goal is to empower our listeners to thrive and to illuminate these critical issues for the general public.
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Verna Mullins is the manager of the Connection Center, a psychosocial rehabilitation and peer support center in Bowling Green, Ohio. For over 22 years Verna has implemented and facilitated programming that includes mental health wellness, drug and alcohol prevention education, domestic violence advocacy, and peer support. She holds a dual BA in Psychology and Creative Writing from BGSU, is a licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant, and is a certified Peer Support Supervisor. Verna is a native of Toledo, Ohio. She is passionate about Spirituality and Holistic Healing.
Kay Flowerz is a Faith-Based Author, Speaker, Proud Military Wife, Girl Mom, and Certified Women’s Life Coach, originally from Southern California and now thriving in NW Ohio. Overcoming suicidal depression and childhood trauma, Kay penned “The Psalms of Flowerz,” a heartfelt guide for women navigating from pain to purpose. She also leads a women’s group at a local mental health support center, with a focus on fostering mental wellness and encouraging personal growth. Her dedication to mental wellness was spotlighted at WCADAMHS 2023 Gratitude Gala, featuring her presentation to leading figures in the field. Through faith and shared stories of resilience, Kay is committed to empowering others to embrace their journeys and create meaningful impact.
Matt Russell is a mental health advocate from Perrysburg, Ohio. He is an audio engineer and composer with 15+ years of professional recording studio and live audio production experience. He was an invitee at the Ableton Loop Conference in Berlin, Germany and was a finalist for the Ultra Music Festival “Made from Scratch” contest in 2015. Matt is a proud member of the sober community and is in recovery from drug addiction and alcoholism.
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