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Every Wednesday, Will Foley and TPP have open, raw conversations on mental health, mental illness and everything on its spectrum. Stomping the stigma’s one conversation at a time. Two not so ordinary dudes sharing their stories, opinions and tools to be well, be safe and be Above.

Every Wednesday, Will Foley and TPP have open, raw conversations on mental health, mental illness and everything on its spectrum. Stomping the stigma’s one conversation at a time. Two not so ordinary dudes sharing their stories, opinions and tools to be well, be safe and be Above.


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Every Wednesday, Will Foley and TPP have open, raw conversations on mental health, mental illness and everything on its spectrum. Stomping the stigma’s one conversation at a time. Two not so ordinary dudes sharing their stories, opinions and tools to be well, be safe and be Above.






My X-ploding Head w/Dan Neet & Lisa McLane

The fear of knowing oneself can elicit a fear like nothing else. Afraid to let our guard down, uncomfortable in our skin. We self-medicate and self-protect with a devastating toll. The Colossus that is Dan Neet embodies this narrative and is empowered by his exploding head. This week the guys are joined by the 5-1-8s own Dan Neet and his angel and partner Lisa McLane. Dan’s addiction struggles are deep and layered, like the heaviness of his band the Clay People, Dan has carried the weight...


Things I Can Never Have

We often set ourselves up for a let down. Expectations often get in the way of reality. The more we desire to do something or be somewhere, we find ourselves clinging to outcomes, ideologies and our expectations. Setting us up for things I can never have. Jay Shetty says, "attachment gives and accepts love conditionally, whereas, detachment gives and accepts love unconditionally." Detaching from our expectations and letting go allows what is going to be, to be. Not always comfortable and...


Island of Misfits w/Dr. A the Misfit Therapist

Dr. A, aka the Misfit Therapist has become real comfortable not fitting in. Her realness and rawness helps her propel mental wellness forward. Both in private practice and her podcast the Misfit Therapist. Buckle your chinstraps kids, the misfits are taking over the island. Dr. A is a fiery redheaded Cuban woman, mother of a two legged wonder, daughter and the most amazing best friend. Dr. A thinks access to mental health treatment comes down to money, insurance and the rights of the...


Rock and a Hard Space

Recovery can often leave you feeling like you're caught between a rock and hard space. What stands between you and your healing can leave you feeling alone on an unmovable mountain. Yodeling for help in a deep, empty canyon. The space between illness and recovery can be bridged by medication, therapy and belief. Yet so many doubt they can make it. Looking at life through shit-colored glasses, will leave you running on a hamster wheel with smelly shoes. Us light chasers often fall prey to...


Integrated Energy Healing w/Allison Karoly

We all carry emotional baggage. Trauma, loss, illness. All these things leave us with a heavy suitcase. Emotions get trapped in our bodies and so much of our physical pain is emotional. Allison Karoly unpacks the luggage so we can travel light. Allison's journey of self discovery has taken her from client to practitioner. She worked in the corporate world and found herself overworked, overweight and over it. While traveling back home on Route 2 in Massachusetts, something came over Allison....


The Tables Have Turned

The tables have turned this week. The ones who usually ask the questions are being asked the questions. Heather Foley guests and InnerView’s the guys for an illuminating look at The innards of Above Ground Podcast. Enjoy. This week the guys are the ones answering questions, on this special episode of AGP. Heather Foley asks about how all this came to be. Who were the teachers, inspirations and influences? The guys even answer what show they’d like most to be on. A fun episode amongst...


The Warrior's Code w/Frank "the Legend" Shamrock

Two days out of prison, Frank"The Legend" Shamrock started a career of truly legendary proportions. Overcoming years of abuse, group homes and run-ins with the law. Things could have rolled much differently. Following the Warrior"s Code is the only path out. The Legend was a child in Northern California. He survived abuse, maltreatment and severe trauma. Learning that crime and getting into trouble would get him out of his terrible home environment, he made it his own. Having nothing left...


Fight Em Til You Can't

Negative thoughts are hard to fight. They are often unquestioned and believed at face value. When looking at the treasures we excavate from our wrecks, we can internalize our failures and hear them as gospel. The zombies keep coming. Let's fight 'em. TPP and Will are discussing negative thoughts this week. We hope you enjoy the show. Thanks for listening, following and spreading the word. We look forward to going into year three soon. Please share one of the links below and help us let...


We Can Work It Out w/Joelle Monaco

Change management consultant, Joelle Monaco joins us this week. Joelle is a proponent of people first workplaces and communities. An educator by passion, Joelle wants to empower you to end stigma and create the world we all could use. As a mental health consultant and trainer, Joelle has seen change. Starting out more than fifteen years ago, people wouldn't return her calls. Now they seek her out. They seek her knowledge and wisdom. We will breakdown the three stigmas we all encounter,...


All Out of Catastrophes

Catastrophizing, is assuming the worst case scenario is going to happen. You believe you're stuck, out of options. When you feel you've reached your limit and your tools don't seem to work. Where do you go? Healing can be daunting. We often lose focus and doubt ourselves when we feel overwhelmed. Questioning our ability, our process. We need to have a utility tool with multiple items. Yet you fumble accessing the belt. Life unfolds at pace we often do not appreciate. Suffering is optional....


The Gospel According to Josh

The Gospel According to Josh is HOPE. Utilizing his many artistic talents to bring suicide prevention, mental health, storytelling and emotional intelligence to the masses. Changing the familial legacy he nearly chose to accept as his own. Josh is truly kicking his blue genes in the butt. Josh Rivedal is a mission driven, author, speaker, actor, comic. He is the man behind The i'MPossible Project He is the creator of Changing Minds; a five-module mental health based curriculum. It combines...


It's Complicated

Complex post traumatic stress disorder is much like PTSD. CPTSD is a rather new diagnosis. Similar to PTSD, but differing in how it formulates. Instead of one traumatic event, CPTSD occurs with prolonged exposure to repeated physical, sexual or emotional abuse, neglect or being a prisoner of war. As you can tell It's Complicated. Though it can happen to anyone who has suffered prolonged trauma, it is more often seen in individuals who were abused by someone they thought they could trust....


Recipes/w Laura D.

Laura DaPolito is a 5-1-8 Licensed Clinical Social Worker and half of the dynamic duo that owns Nippertown. She is an energy goes in person with lots of experience working with trauma. Laura was called to this work. Laura is a HOPE dealer and a HEALER. Laura D. comes from a legacy of healing. She has a 25 year career and counting. Her initial work began with working in the violence against women field. During her work in the domestic violence shelters she fell in love with working with...



Vulnerability is finding the courage to expose oneself's weakness or injury despite the possibility of emotional or physical attack or harm. We have to allow ourselves to be seen despite the chance of being viewed negatively. We fear that our worst makes us unworthy, unlovable and separate. Time to shed the armor and get real. We are wired for struggle. Shame, fear and worthiness often keep us from living our best lives and revealing our true, authentic selves. To be vulnerable is to love....


Roadmap to Relationships w/Chelsea Wakefield

The importance of relationships to our mental health and the importance of our mental health to our relationships cannot be understated. Everything affects everything else. We can all use help navigating the Roadmap to Relationships. Chelsea Wakefield PhD, LCSW is a speaker, podcaster, teacher and author. She is employed by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences at the Psychiatric Research Institute. She has written three books. Love in the Time of Covid is her podcast. Chelsea is...


Trigger Warning

Triggers are often subconscious alarms, piercing your ears like Mötörhead. Street signs along the path of the walk of self knowledge. They are residue of past lives and experiences. They are mallets that crack the freedom bell and let in the light. This has been your trigger warning. What is up everyone? Welcome to episode 139 of AGP. This week Will & TPP throw down voices surrounding triggers. What yjey experience and just how pesky those 'lil buggers are to exterminate from your mental...


Collide w/Andrea Onstot

Entering into the mental health system is an often traumatic experience. People are often left to navigate the system and get well at the same time. What happens when they Collide. Andrea Onstot, is our guest this week. She is a LMSW. She is a PhD Candidate in Social Welfare and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Albany. Andrea has an extensive background in working with people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Autism. We go over why autonomy is a paramount in...


Strength In Numbers

For many of us, it's not easy to put our strengths into words. Regardless of what level Jedi you are. This week Will and TPP discuss character strengths and their views on each others choices. We came across a list of 24 Character Strengths identified in the 2004 book entitled, Character Strengths and Virtues. It was written by Martin Seligman and Chris Peterson. Developed to provide common language for a list of core capacities in human beings for use in positive pyschology. TPP chose...


I Will Survive w/Annah Elizabeth

Dig for the Light and be Above. Dig into loss and grief and the healing begins. Our guest this week is Annah Elizabeth. Creator of the 5 Facets of Healing, author, speaker and healing specialist. I Will Survive has got to be Annah Elizabeth's theme song. Life gave her a lot of lemons. She found an inner capacity and drive to make lemonade. The bitter can create the sweet. Overcoming the loss of a child, is tough enough. A six week stay in the hospital for extreme depression. Then to find...



The process of healing with mental illness is not a straight line. Partial Remission is possible. Is a complete remission in the realm of possibilities? This week Will and Tim discuss whether or not it's possible. What it might look like and some tools for your utility belt. How do we get over the hurdles of healing with a mental illness? One at a time.How things may never be fully healed and how it lies dormant inside of us…. It’s never that far away. Cue JAWS theme. Thanks for listening...