The One Where We Talk About Mental Illness

Updated: Feb 20, 2020

Leslie & Marie discuss the way they deal with mental illness, the things they've learned, and how midlife can bring on its own issues with mental illness. There are laughs, hard truths and lots of helpful info for those who may be dealing with things like anxiety, depression or ADHD.  Coping Ideas for anxiety:

See a counselor/therapist.

Close your eyes and take three deep breaths.

Ask your counselor/therapist for a recommendation of a good book that you can refer to when you need a reference.

Find Colors - Pick a color and find everything in the room you are in that is that color. This can redirect your anxious thoughts.

Counting backwards from 100 by 3’s. Great for insomnia. Another redirect.

Close your eyes and think about your happy place.

Use medication if indicated.

Podcast Ideas:

The Hilarious World of Depression

HBR – The Anxious Achiever

Mental Illness Happy Hour

Beautiful Anonymous (not a mental health podcast, but often discusses it)

Mental Health Resources:

Emergency – National Suicide prevention hotline at or Call 800-273-8255, Call 911 or go to the emergency room.

Make an appointment with a psychiatrist or psychologist in your area.

Make an appointment with your primary doctor.

If it’s your child, contact their school counselor and/or their pediatrician.

NAMI offers support groups for various types of mental illness and family support. You can reach them at

If you are an active duty military member, you can call Military One Source at 1-800-342-9647 where they can connect you to mental health services.

If you are a Veteran of the U.S. military, you can call the Veterans Crisis Line 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255.

You will find “Midlife Madness Podcast” on social media via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@MadnessMidlife, @leslienease, @mariebrace) if you’d like to hang out or chat with us. You can also email us directly at We look forward to hearing from you.

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Now, if you don’t like us, you don’t need to do anything. Please don’t spend your time doing things you don’t enjoy. You won’t hurt our feelings. We promise!

Remember, you are enough right where you are!

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