Episode 65: 1/17/13 – What is the difference between a Psychologist and a Psychiatrist? Find out as Dr Fritz and Psychiatrist David Brody talk about diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. We are also joined at the top of the hour by State Senator Marty Golden who will provide us with an update of ongoing hurricane relief efforts taking place in our area.
Episode 64: 1/10/13 – Since the early 1960s, social science researchers have tried to isolate a set of personality traits/characteristics associated with entrepreneurial behavior and success. While the research is far from conclusive, entrepreneurs tend to be inventive, curious, energetic, motivated, conscientious and persistent. During this episode we are joined by entrepreneurs Vlane Carter and Steve Bala, of Action Burger Inc., and Dan La Russa of Limit Break Studios. Dr Fritz and Melissa talk with them about their experiences in creating and being successful at their respective projects.
Episode 63: 1/8/13 – What happens when you put cameras into the hands of young people from under-served communities and teach them how to make documentaries about important social issues? Not only do you get genuine and gritty portraits of life from the perspective of our youth, you provide a platform for students who have never succeeded in school before to begin winning awards and scholarships as well as get hired to work in the media industry. In this episode, we are joined by Executive Director Steve Goodman, Co-Director Christine Mendoza and a student representative to talk about one of their latest
Episode 62: “What’s on your mind, social media and texting” – 1/8/13 – The Dr Fritz Show is about encouraging stimulating and informative conversation relating to daily life. During this hour we start the conversation with current events and find ourselves talking about texting and the impact social media is having on our lives.
Episode 61: 1/3/13 – With the beginning of the year at hand we reminded of how important it is to care for the mind, body and soul. We are joined by Susan Hofmann of Mission Possible Acupuncture, and Elinor Johnston of The Medical Massage Group for an informative conversation.
Episode 60: 12/27/12 – It’s the last program of the year and Dr Fritz and Melissa are reflecting on what was a packed year of awesome guests and topics covered. We are joined by author, motivational speaker, and comedian Wali Collins.
Episode 59: 12/20/12 This is the sixth of a seven part series on family careging sponsored by Emblem Health. During this hour we are joined by Carol Levine who directs the United Hospital Fund’s Families and Health Care Project, Gail Hunt, the President and CEO of the National Alliance for Caregiving, and Gregory Johnson, the Director and Creator of Emblem Health’s Care for the Family Caregiver Program
- Bring attention to the victims and their stories, not the offender. The media often provides extensive coverage on the perpetrator of the crime, and while it is natural to want to know the details of “who?” and “why?,” this is exactly what the offender wanted. Furthermore, the instant recognition awarded to offenders in our society encourages others to commit similar crimes in the hopes of achieving the same level of infamy.
- Learn how to donate to the Sandy Hook victims:
- Emilie Parker Fund: https://www.facebook.com/EmilieParkerFund?ref=ts&fref=ts
- Sandy Hook School Support Fund: https://newtown.uwwesternct.org/
- Newtown Memorial Fund: https://www.facebook.com/NewtownMemorialFund?ref=stream
- If you have mental health training and are in close proximity to Sandy Hook, donate your time and services to help those in need:
- The United States is notorious for its liberal gun laws. According to a 2007 survey, an average of 88 per 100 Americans own a gun; 60 percent of U.S. homicides are the result of a firearm. Regardless of where you stand on the issue, it is indisputable that, in the wrong hands, guns are one of the deadliest weapons, and the ease with which Americans can obtain such weapons is the reason why events like the Sandy Hook shooting are possible. If you feel strongly about gun violence prevention, get involved on the local level.
- The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence: http://www.bradycampaign.org/
- Remind neighborhood gun owners about safety tips.
- Write an article for your local newspaper on the importance of gun control.
- Contact your elected officials.
- Guns do not kill people; people kill people. Thus, while gun control is an incredibly important issue, the events at Sandy Hook also bring attention to the importance of mental health services. According to The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 1 in 17 Americans suffer from serious mental illness; however, less than one-third of individuals with mental illness receive treatment. Funding for mental healthcare is essential, and access to services must be improved. To learn more, visit:
- Do not ignore early warning signs. If someone you know has threatened violence, whether it be through words, artwork, music or otherwise, do not hesitate to report it. At-risk students should be referred to a school psychologist for evaluation, and threats should always be reported to the police.
- Do not be ashamed to seek mental health services for yourself or those you love. If it is not possible to receive formal treatment, there are many hotlines available in times of need:
- Adolescent Crisis Intervention and Counseling Hotline: 1-800-999-9999
- Help Finding A Therapist: 1-800-THERAPIST (843-7274)
- Family Violence Prevention Center: 1-800-313-1310
- National Alliance on Mental Illness: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK
- Victim Center: 1-800-FYI-CALL (394-2255)
Episode 55: “Maintaining the spiritual” 11/22/12 – Caring for someone who is sick or disabled can take it’s toll mentally, physically and spiritually. During this hour we talk with Cynthia Burke and Kate Lamb of Friends in Deed and Rev. Marion Gambardella who is a teacher,Spiritual counselor, Minister and Healing Therapist.