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Oct 23, 2021
Natasha is joined by Jesse Funk on this episode of Mormon Mental Health. They discuss how the church has sent members to infiltrate and report back on Post-Mormon Retreats and Support Groups.
 
For resources, please visit: 
 
 
To help keep Mormon Mental Health Podcast going past 2021, please donate at mormonmentalhealth.org.
Sep 13, 2021

Jeff Lundgren hosts this episode of Mormon Mental Health Podcast. He is joined by Rachel Brown, LCSW, who works with those going through a faith transition/changing their relationship with the LDS church. 

In this episode, Jeff and Rachel discuss the 6 principles of sexual health by Doug Braun Harvey in the context of the Mormon experience. The 6 principles include:

  1. Consent
  2. Non-Exploitative
  3. Honesty
  4. Shared Values
  5. Protection from STIs, HIV and unwanted Pregnancies
  6. Mutual Pleasure

To find out more on the 6 principles, you can visit: 

https://www.theharveyinstitute.com/six-principles-of-sexual-health

And/or check out the series Natasha Helfer did with Doug Braun Harvey on 6 principles of Sexual Health:

  1. Consent: https://mormonsex.info/2017/10/22/057-sexual-principle-1-consent/
  2. Non-Exploitative: https://mormonsex.info/2017/11/21/058-sexual-principle-2-non-exploitative/
  3. Honesty: https://mormonsex.info/2018/01/15/062-sexual-principle-4-honesty/
  4. Shared Values: https://mormonsex.info/2018/02/05/066-sexual-principle-5-shared-values/
    1. Part 1: https://mormonsex.info/2017/11/29/059-sexual-principle-3-unwanted-pregnancy/
    2. Part 2: https://mormonsex.info/2017/12/19/060-sexual-principle-3-avoiding-stis/
  5. Protection from STIs, HIV and unwanted Pregnancies
  6. Mutual Pleasure: https://mormonsex.info/2018/03/12/071-sexual-principle-6-mutual-pleasure/
  7. Complicating the 6 principles of sexual health: https://mormonsex.info/2018/04/09/075-complicating-the-6-sexual-health-principles/

To find out more about Jeff, visit Wasatch Family Therapy in Sandy, Utah.

To contact Rachel, email her at wandercounseling@gmail.com.

To help keep Mormon Mental Health Podcast going past 2021, please donate at mormonmentalhealth.org.

Sep 11, 2021
The Symmetry Solutions Team goes through the recent address by Holland, given at BYU, offering an educational lens in being able to recognize when inappropriate tactics are being used in a minimizing, belittling or abusive way. This especially impacts the LGBTQ+ community and their families. It has both local and global implications for which we are highly concerned.
 
The last 30 min discusses resources for anyone needing help because of this address.
 
For more about Colette Dalton, please visit: https://www.symmetrysols.com/colette-dalton
 
For more about Jenny Elledge, please visit: https://www.symmetrysols.com/jennyelledge
 
For more about Michelle Peets, please visit: https://www.symmetrysols.com/michelle-peets
 
To help keep Mormon Mental Health going past 2021, please donate at mormonmentalhealth.org.
Jun 14, 2021

Jeff Lundgren hosts this episode of "Mormon Mental Health Podcast." He is joined by Blaire Ostler as she talks about her new book "Queer Mormon Theology: An Introduction."

To purchase the book, you can find it on Amazon:

"Queer Mormon Theology: An Introduction" by Blaire Ostler

To help keep "Mormon Mental Health Podcast" going past 2021, please donate at mormonmentalhealth.org.

Jun 5, 2021
The Symmetry Solutions team discusses the dour implications of continued hate speech that comes from LDS leaders towards our LGBTQ+ communities.
 
They also discuss ways to help including resources in our community.
 
Please consider donating to keep Mormon Mental Health going past 2021. Please visit mormonmentalhealth.org to donate.
May 24, 2021

This episode was previously recorded for "Mormon Sex Info" and is being refurbished here on "Mormon Mental Health Podcast."

Natasha interviews Katie Langston about her new memoir, “Sealed: An Unexpected Journey into the Heart of Grace.” 

Katie talks about how sexual shame became a regular part of her upbringing as early as age 3-4 due to her mother's distress with normative masturbation. Along with non-comprehensive sexual education, worthiness interviews with bishops and other hurdles, Katie struggles to understand and accept things as normal as her body, interest and crushes on boys, and her worth as an individual. 

Katie believes that her development of OCD was exacerbated by her rigid and conservative environment that constantly pitted her against her own mind/body. 

You can purchase Katie's book at:

https://www.amazon.com/Sealed-Unexpected-Journey-Heart-Grace/dp/B0942XKY98/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=Sealed&qid=1621036279&sr=8-2&fbclid=IwAR20ln6I9UbxLH6tB3oGqu4R_Lu8c0st_AlQt-_GJVTTJROapuhIqXXTzW8

To help keep Mormon Mental Health going past 2021, please donate at mormonmentalhealth.org.

May 16, 2021

This episode was previously recorded for "Mormon Sex Info" and is being refurbished here on "Mormon Mental Health Podcast."

Natasha interviews Kyle on his experience with her disciplinary council and what it means to the LGBTQ LDS community.

Kyle is the host of Latter Gay Stories:

https://lattergaystories.org/about/

To help keep Mormon Mental Health going past 2021, please donate at mormonmentalhealth.org.

 

 

May 16, 2021

This episode was previously recorded for "Mormon Sex Info" and is being refurbished here on "Mormon Mental Health Podcast."

Natasha Helfer interviews Jennifer Gonzalez about her emotional experience going through the last few weeks leading to her excommunication and how “whiteness” plays a part.

To help keep Mormon Mental Health going past 2021, please donate at mormonmentalhealth.org.

 

 

May 16, 2021

This episode was previously recorded for "Mormon Sex Info" and is being refurbished here on "Mormon Mental Health Podcast."

Lisa Butterworth, LCPC, NCC interviews Natasha Helfer, LCMFT, CST, CST-S about her response to the Washington Post Piece - Part 1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/.../mormon-sex.../...

https://www.aasect.org

Letter that was drafted by a group of about 30 LDS therapists sharing their concerns about ethics and the dangers of church overreach or discipline for practicing in line with one's professional and clinical standards:

https://docs.google.com/.../1jNYb0i2ksVQ_Zb.../edit

To help keep Mormon Mental Health going past 2021, please donate at mormonmentalhealth.org.

May 16, 2021

This episode was previously recorded for "Mormon Sex Info" and is being refurbished here on "Mormon Mental Health Podcast."

Host Lisa Butterworth interviews Kersti Spjut and discuss the Family Acceptance Project. They discuss facts of LDS Parents of LGBTQ youth.


Resources: 

The Family Acceptance Project (familyproject.sfsu.edu) – the absolute best resource. Start here! They have a video and pamphlet specifically for LDS families.

  • Mormons Building Bridges (mormonsbuildingbridges.org) have a couple good info pages with links to articles and a glossary of terms.
  • Listen, Learn, & Love (listenlearnandlove.org/podcasts): Richard Ostler’s podcast, about the experiences of LGBTQ members of the Church
  • PFLAG.org has lots of good resources
  • The Trevor Project (thetrevorproject.org) has good resources specifically for addressing suicidality
  • Books for parents
  • The Transgender Teen by Stephanie Brill & Lisa Kenney
  • The Transgender Child by Stephanie Brill & Rachel Papper
  • Raising the Transgender Child, by Michele Angello & Alisa Bowman
  • This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids, by Dannielle Owens-Reid
  • Unconditional, by Telaina Eriksen
  • Lisa Diamond Ted Talk "Born this Way"

 

To help keep Mormon Mental Health going past 2021, please donate at mormonmentalhealth.org.

Apr 15, 2021

This episode was previously recorded for “Mormon Sex Info” and is being refurbished here for your enjoyment.

This is a conversation between prominent LDS therapists about the upcoming membership council Natasha Helfer is facing this weekend (April 18, 2021).

To help keep Mormon Sex Info going past 2021, please donate at mormonsex.info.

To help keep Mormon Mental Health going past 2021, please donate at mormonmentalhealth.org

Feb 8, 2021

This episode was originally recorded for the "Healing Sols Podcast" and is being refurbished here for your enjoyment.

Natasha Helfer and Kristin Bennion discuss their concerns about what has been happening in the nation with the rise of conspiracy theories and their dangers from a psychological perspective.

"The ‘Shared Psychosis’ of Donald Trump and His Loyalists"

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-shared-psychosis-of-donald-trump-and-his-loyalists/?fbclid=IwAR2fwhFtvUalzsAQ8B5nKgK4_5XdgHLsbdA6Q8SWXtvn8_TxIzC7z9Uuqro

For more on Kristin, you can visit:

https://www.intimateconnectionscounseling.com/about/

To keep Mormon Mental Health going passed 2021, please donate at mormonmentalhealth.org.

Jan 31, 2021

Jeff Lundgren is joined by Andrea Bradshaw Jessop in this episode of Mormon Mental Health.

Andrea shares her journey of leaving polygamy and finding her identity after years of not knowing what it was. She shares the ups and downs and leaving, including the mental health journey she endured.

Andrea can be found on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/andrea.bradshaw.9275

You can find her practice, Joyful Energy Now, also on Facebook: 

https://www.facebook.com/Joyful-Energy-Now-109260790416339/

To help keep Mormon Mental Health going past 2021, please donate at mormonmentalhealth.org.

Jan 24, 2021

Jeff Lundgren hosts this episode of Mormon Mental Health. He is joined by Andraea Lynne who shares her experience with ethical non-monogamy and her experience having grown up in the church. They discuss the beginnings of polygamy within the Mormon religion and posit the idea that it wasn’t ethical, but was about property. Andraea then shares her experiences and how it’s a lot of work and it requires communication and boundaries. She then leaves with giving some helpful tips and resources for anyone interested in finding out more.

You can also join her Facebook groups:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1790658221146223/?ref=share

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2140468222646608/?ref=share

To help keep Mormon Mental Health going past 2021, please donate at mormonmentalhealth.org.

Nov 24, 2020

This episode was originally recorded for the "Healing Sols Podcast" and has been refurbished for your enjoyment.

For more from Natasha Helfer, LCMFT, CST, CSTS, please visit https://www.natashahelfer.com.

Nuance in Considering Late Term Abortion with Analiesa Leonhardt who is a nurse midwife, has a doctorate as a nurse practitioner from the university of Utah and was a doula for five years prior. She recently wrote a facebook post - https://www.facebook.com/analiesa.leonhardt/posts/10164136788910007 - that caught Natasha's attention in regards to the current legislation trying to be passed in Colorado (prop 115) in regards to limiting abortion after 22 weeks. Analiesa does a phenomenal job educating us about the moral and ethical impications of such a measure in regards to a woman's ability to make decisions, especially when facing the devastating news that the fetus has medical complications that may not allow for the baby to live past delivery. She shares statistics and information that are important to consider as we all face the dilemmas around our views on abortion, and the consequences of the current polarized discussion on this topic. Her thoughtful language and approach to this topic has a profound impact on the listener. You will value the listen.

Nov 17, 2020

This episode was originally recorded for the "Healing Sols Podcast" and has been refurbished for your enjoyment.

For more from Natasha Helfer, LCMFT, CST, CSTS, please visit https://www.natashahelfer.com.

Being Resilient as an Individual and within Relationships with Christian Moore, LCSW, founder of whytry.org and author of The Resilience Breakthrough: 27 Tools for Turning Adversity into Action. Christian travels the world presenting to all kinds of organizations, specifically those serving underpriviliged youth, about rising above very challenging situations usually affected by learning disorders. We discuss the traits and behaviors that lead towards resilience minded frameworks and how these can benefit your life, mental and relational health. How do we better understand the differences of unconditional vs. conditional love and what they both reap? What is "street resilience"? What does a role of a mentor in our development offer? Are we really just supposed to be getting "rid" of negative feelings? What role can what are typcially labeled "negative feelings" play in empowerment and self-transformation? How can we get along with people who believe fundamentally different things than we do (super important part of the podcast given we are just days away from the US election)? Christian is a brilliant thinker who has put his own life experience to the test in regards to his theoretical framing. Transformative listen that I recommend going through at least twice!

Sep 21, 2020

If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Hotline at 800-273-8255 or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org

 

 

During a “Face to Face” with church youth on September 13th, 2020, Elder Donald Rasband answered questions including, “I have serious questions about the truth claims of the church and I am seriously considering removing my name from the records of the church. Can you give me a reason I should stay?”

 

He proceeds to answer with an example of a young man who had struggled with depression and suicidality.

 

Jeff Lundgren (https://www.symmetrysols.com/jefflundgren) hosts this episode of Mormon Mental Health Podcast to talk about the harm of Elder Rasband’s response. He is joined by:

 

Merri-Grace Allred, currently getting her PhD in Immunology from the University of Iowa

 

AJ Jano who shares his personal experiences with depression and suicidal ideation in the church

 

Alessandra Jacobson who is a Marriage and Family Therapist

 

Clair Mellenthin, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Play Therapist Supervisor and author of, “Attachment Center Play Therapy: Play Therapy Proved Strategy for Child Disorders” and “My Many Colors of Me Workbook.” She is also a media expert on children and family issues.

 

And Michael Benjamin, a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, primarily a therapist with children, adolescence and their families.

 

The panelists share their reactions to the response by Elder Rasband and then dive into advice for church leaders, parents and, really, all of us.

 

Resources discussed:

 

The National Suicide Hotline at 800-273-8255

suicidepreventionlifeline.org

 

My3 – A sucide prevention app

https://my3app.org

 

The Trevor Project

https://www.thetrevorproject.org

 

To help keep this podcast going past 2020, please donate at mormonmentalhealth.org.

Jul 13, 2020

Hosts Jennifer White, LCSW and Jeff Lundgren, CMHC chat in this episode of Mormon Mental Health Podcast about how transitioning Mormons explore substances including coffee, alcohol, cannabis, psilocybin and ayahuasca.

Jennifer and Jeff will be presenting on this topic at the Sunstone Digital Symposium July 30th, 2020 at 3:25pm-4:25pm MST. For more information, please visit: https://www.sunstonemagazine.com/registration/

To help keep this podcast going past 2020, please donate at mormonmentalhealth.org.

Jul 6, 2020

Natasha Helfer Parker, Lisa Butterworth, Jenny Elledge and Tami Harris talk about alternate approaches to depression.

This episode is offered by Symmetry Solutions and shared with Mormon Mental Health Podcast.

Please donate at mormonmentalhealth.org to keep the podcast going past 2020.

Jun 29, 2020

*Please note that this episode contains some technical issues. We thank you for your understanding.

On this episode of Mormon Mental Health Podcast, Jimmy Bridges is joined by Emily Janes, MS, a Marriage and Family therapist about to start her doctoral program at Texas University in the fall. In this interview, Emily discusses the findings from her masters thesis where she interviewed women in the Mormon community who had experienced disaffiliation from the church.

Emily discusses “Hybrid Identity Theory” which is the main theory she used to research her topics of womanhood, identity, and church disaffiliation:

Hybrid Identity Theory is used to examine, “the encounter, conflict, and/or blending of two ethnic or cultural categories which, while no means pure and distinct in nature, tend to be understood and experienced as meaningful identity labels by members of these categories” (Lo, 2002, p. 199).

The full citation is:

Lo, M. M. (2002). Doctors within borders: Profession, ethnicity, and modernity in colonial Taiwan. University of California Press.

Please donate at mormonmentalhealth.org to keep the podcast going past 2020.

Jun 22, 2020

Natasha Helfer Parker is joined by Lisa Butterworth as they talk about racism and white supremacy and, in particular, how these pervasive systems affect the mental health and well-being of our communities.

This episode is offered by Symmetry Solutions and shared with Mormon Mental Health Podcast.

In lieu of donating to Mormon Mental Health Podcast, we encourage you to donate to various Black Lives Matter organizations including:

To donate to the NAACP, visit: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/naacp-1

To donate to Black Lives Matter, visit: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms_blm_homepage_2019

Jun 18, 2020

Join Natasha Helfer Parker for a fascinating and emotional discussion with Dr. Fatimah Salleh about racism within Christianity and the LDS Church. Please consider taking her upcoming 6-week workshop on dismantling racism within the LDS church. Healing and anti-racism work begins with being willing to sit in spaces where our minds and beliefs are opened and challenged. Fatimah will definitely bring that ability to the table, with a grace and spunk that speaks to my soul.

To sign up for her workshop, “Spit & Mud: The Messy Miracle of Sight,” please go to:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spit-and-mud-the-messy-miracle-of-seeing-christian-racism-tickets-109406690356?fbclid=IwAR0syLgRAixy1my2R5jCMXx6f8M83rv3t_CX6D4d7AosRy-10gKnciT0i2k

"Spit & Mud" is a six week online workshop focusing on the impact of racism within the Christian church.

In lieu of donating to Mormon Mental Health Podcast, we encourage you to donate to various Black Lives Matter organizations including:

To donate to the NAACP, visit: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/naacp-1

To donate to Black Lives Matter, visit: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms_blm_homepage_2019

Jun 9, 2020

Join Natasha for an interview with the fabulous Mica McGriggs about racial equality and social impact. Dr. McGriggs defines racism, white fragility and white supremacy and why Mormons are more vulnerable to racism. They discuss “systems” and what we as white people can do to not be complicit.

Dr. McGriggs will be offering a class for anyone to join. To find out more, please visit:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/racial-equity-social-impact-tickets-104768040028?fbclid=IwAR1QCgrdBfD_efgtLQCOfeOGYn12SGw11Q-TXFP-5uJ2T0wW9yFvYGN8Azk

Resources discussed in this episode:

“Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Mormon Struggle for Whiteness” by Paul Reeve

https://www.amazon.com/Religion-Different-Color-Struggle-Whiteness/dp/0199754071

“The Bridge Poem” by Donna Kate Rushin

https://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/thebridgepoem.html

W.E.B. Du Bois and “double consciousness”

First used in an Atlantic Monthly article, “Strivings of the Negro People” in 1897: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1897/08/strivings-of-the-negro-people/305446/

More information on “Double Consciousness”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_consciousness

NAACP Legal Defense Fund

https://www.naacpldf.org

“Mormonism and White Supremacy: American Religion and The Problem of Racial Innocence” by Joanna Brooks

https://www.amazon.com/Mormonism-White-Supremacy-American-Innocence-ebook/dp/B08761ZHCP

President Russel M. Nelson’s social media statement condemning racism and pleading for peace

https://www.facebook.com/russell.m.nelson/posts/3015443371856412

Deseret News article on President Nelson’s social media statement

https://www.thechurchnews.com/leaders-and-ministry/2020-06-01/president-nelson-addresses-race-in-social-media-post-185657

To donate to the NAACP, visit: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/naacp-1

To donate to Black Lives Matter, visit: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms_blm_homepage_2019

May 25, 2020

Host Jeff Lundgren is joined by guest Vhari Macbeth.  She talks about her research on self-compassion with LDS Woman.

 

You can find out more by visiting: https://www.cedarpsychiatry.com

 

To help keep Mormon Mental Health going past 2020, please donate at mormonmentalhealth.org.

May 18, 2020

Join Jimmy Bridges for another episode of Mormon Mental Health Podcast. With us is Dr. Tyler Lefevor on intersections of religion, gender, sexuality, and health.

 

Please consider participating in the 4 Options Survey: 4optionssurvey.com

 

This survey is designed to identify important aspects of life and relationships for those who experience (or have experienced) same-sex sexual attractions and identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer (LGBQ), heterosexual, or with another sexual identity or reject a label who are or were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon), and analyze if there are any similarities or differences between those who are:

1 - Single and celibate*

2 - Single and not celibate

3 - In a heterosexual/mixed-orientation** relationship; or

4 - In a same-sex relationship

Those in other types of relationship and single statuses are also invited to participate to expand our understanding of possible options.

This study also investigates if or how religious/spiritual issues are involved in respondents’ level of satisfaction and relationship or single status.

 

To find out more about Dr. Lefevor, please visit: https://www.rhodes.edu/bio/tyler-lefevor

 

Other resources mentioned in this podcast:

 

Affirmations: https://www.goaffirmations.org/about-us

Latter Gay Stories: https://lattergaystories.org

“Far Between” by Kendall Wilcox: http://farbetweenmovie.com/about/

“Voices of Hope”: https://www.northstarlds.org/voices-of-hope

 

To help keep Mormon Mental Health going past 2020, please donate at mormonmentalhealth.org.

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