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We believe that everyone deserves accessible, adaptive, and inclusive mental health support. Our goal is to help foster psychologically safe workplaces where mental wellness is prioritized through effective training, strategy development, compassionate leadership, and accessible resources. We envision communities where mental health is prioritized, supported, and stigmas are erased through creative innovation and collaborative efforts.
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The VĪV Mental Health PodcastOpen Player In New Window
The VĪV Mental Health Podcast offers a fresh look at how we talk about, access, and understand all things related to mental health. Overcoming stigmas, coping with trauma, day-to-day mental health maintenance, the effects of social media, mental health in the workplace, and so much more. This podcast is guided by health professionals, my own personal journey, and inspiring personal stories from all walks of life.
Host: Kristopher Marks
Twitter – Instagram – TikTok – LinkedIn – Threads – YouTube @vivmentalhealth
Email: [email protected]
After a twelve month hiatus, the VIV Mental Health Podcast returns with a brand new episode that focuses on men's mental health.
Mental health therapist Justin Lessard returns as my guest to discuss why some men are reluctant to change, how self-talk is instrumental in how men view themselves, the effects of the patriarchy and capitalism, the fear of being seen as weak, why many men are drawn to sports, and so much more.
Host: Kris Marks
Guest: Justin Lessard
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Intro music: ”My World” by No Witness
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“Kris is a compassionate and resourceful man, and his sessions and conversations are always so thoughtful and relevant. His superpower seems to be that he can draw out the best in people, helping others feel comfortable with their own vulnerability and creating a safe space for folks to exist freely without judgement.”
“I’ve been listening to your podcast and I love it. It’s so good! Thank you so much for being so vulnerable and sharing your story. It makes it so much easier for people to open up and help remove the stigma behind mental health struggles. Thank you so much!”
“Kris is a true professional. From the start of his presentation to the end, he had the full attention of my students. A talented speaker with a wealth of knowledge on the subject. I highly recommend!”
“One of the best podcasts I’ve heard. Amazing job.”
“I just wanted to reach out and thank you for speaking to our class today, it really resonated with me. As someone who’s struggled with mental health for a long time, hearing you talk about you personal struggles felt so relatable and less lonely. I appreciate your candour.”
A few words from
Founder of VĪV Mental Health
Mental health is a journey, and it was my own personal journey that became the catalyst for starting VĪV Mental Health. I was driven by my own lived experiences and empowered by my professional training. I saw stigmas being discussed but rarely acted upon. I heard hushed tones and whispers where there deserved to be full-throated acknowledgement and meaningful, compassionate conversations. I saw a mental health system that was fractured and siloed, allowing far too many individuals without reasonable means to access resources and gain valuable knowledge. I noticed a lack of innovation and a hesitation to adapt, to be bold, and address how delivered mental health education was being delivered. I saw workplaces avoiding difficult conversations and de-prioritizing employee wellness. I saw the barriers that people faced in their most challenging moments and the bleeding heart optimist in me screamed that we could be doing so much better. So much more.
I was granted opportunities to amplify messages and supports that were already effective, but crucially, I have been allowed to innovate and try out new modalities and methods of support. From how we train leaders and employees in the workplace to what healthy work cultures can be, to how we deliver keynote speeches, present panel discussions, and how we can use art, music, and comedy to bridge stigmatized subject matters. As we evolve as people, so do the challenges we all must face. How we support ourselves and each other must continue to evolve as well.
Mental health is often thought of as an individual issue, but we know now that this simply isn’t true. It is a community and societal issue. A systemic issue. And it takes a village to heal a village. We all have mental health, and we all play a crucial part in how we take care of it.
I believe in the shared goal of building communities, workplaces, and resources that overlap and surround us, with fewer cracks to fall through, and built to adapt and move with out society. I consider it a privilege to serve my clients and the communities I work alongside.
I don’t have to know you to care about you – and if that mindset can permeate through the stigmas, we will have a village empowered to heal its own.