CXMH is a podcast at the intersection of Christianity & mental health, hosted by Robert Vore. We bring together Christian leaders with mental health professionals for honest conversations.
Surprise! We're still on summer break, but we're popping in with this episode. I get the chance to talk to award-winning author Jonathan Merritt about why people are using sacred language less, why that matters, and what we can do about it. We'll see you in a few weeks for Season 3, kicking off in September!
It's summertime! Like last year, I'll be taking the summer off from the show. In this short episode, I talk a little bit about the reasonings behind that, as well as give you some recommendations of things to read and listen to over the next few months!
June is Men's Health Month, so this week I'm rebroadcasting an episode we did about exactly that! Dr. Bart Andrews & pastor/author Nate Pyle join us to talk about all things related to men's mental health.
Folks, it's been a tough week. The deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain by suicide filled the headlines, and the CDC released a new report that suicide rates have been rising across the Unites States. As a result, I wanted to rebroadcast this episode from last year on Suicide Prevention for new listeners or long-time listeners who might find it helpful again.
Everyone's favorite bad missionary, Jamie Wright, stops by to talk about her new book, the problems with missions, and how her self-worth and mental health impacted her over the years.
Happy Memorial Day! (go to counseling.) This week, Robert's back as your host to talk with Hannah Brencher, who you might remember from episode 14. Hannah talks about her latest book, the power of being here in a 'getting there' world, and how much her community mattered when she went through a hard season of depression. We also talk about old boyfriends, the Bachelor, and Hannah's process of finding community when she moved to Atlanta.
This week, our guest host is trauma therapist Aundi Kolber! She talks about how grief is the bedrock of mental health, why smaller traumas & losses are still so important, what it means to really feel our feelings, and how learning how to respond honestly to smaller day-to-day moments sets the stage for encountering larger events.
We're taking a break from guest hosts this week (a break from a break? I don't know, roll with me) to talk with Austin Channing Brown. Austin's new book I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness is phenomenal, and we talk about a lot of the same topics here: what does 'racial reconciliation' really mean? What can we learn from talking honestly about our past? What's the difference between individual bigotry and institutional racism? Can niceness be harmful? Why did Austin's parents name her Austin? We talk about all of this and more.
Did you like last week's episode? Then you're in luck! Dr. Holly Oxhandler returns as this week’s guest host, sitting down with Dr. Jon Singletary again to talk about the Enneagram some more. This week, they talk about how the Enneagram can be applied to communities using the thinking/feeling/doing centers, how each of these centers impacts communities’ responses to various issues (including promoting mental health), and where the Enneagram and mental health may intersect.
Meet your host!
Robert Vore has worked for various ministries & non-profits in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and England. His writing has been featured on Relevant, The Mighty, Thought Catalog, Patheos, and more, and he semi-regularly speaks at youth groups, schools, and more (although he'd love to do more of that). He's a certified QPR Suicide Prevention Instructor for groups of any size and is currently working towards his Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
He lives in Atlanta with his wife and dog.