A youth and young adult mental health podcast!
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About The YANApodcast:
YOU ARE NOT ALONE (YANA)!!! The YANApodcast is a mental health podcast! This podcast is hosted by the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Philadelphia, PA affiliate. We aim to create a space of safety, a space of love and acceptance and a space that is free of judgment and stigma. Come hang with us as we talk with youth and young adults impacted by mental illness. We will hear their powerful stories, learn how we can reach out for help when we need it and shatter stigma together!
Who are we?
Becca Lane, Co-host
Becca Lane is the Youth Education and Outreach Manager at NAMI Philly. She lives with mental health conditions such as Bipolar II disorder, ADHD, PTSD, and substance use disorder. She is an active participant in her recovery and dedicates her time using her own experience to help others. Becca is in charge of NAMI Philly’s teen mental health awareness educational program, Ending the Silence, which involves going out to local schools and youth programs to talk about her own personal recovery journey as well as educate young people about identifying warning signs and how to find help for themselves and their friends. She struggled severely with her mental illnesses during her teen years, so finds it to be incredibly rewarding to show teens that help is available and that they are not alone. Becca is also an expert on all things Game of Thrones – Team Stark all the way!
Dani Enguero, Co-Host
Dani Enguero is the Youth Peer Navigator at NAMI Philly. Her mental health journey has been a rollercoaster since immigrating to the U.S from the Philippines at the age of 6. As of recently, Dani has been taking her power back and healing in healthy ways. As Dani advocates for the mental health of the youth she oversees, she has learned along the way that advocating for herself and her needs are just as important. Outside of advocacy, you can find Dani loving her dog Kaecilius by going on long walks, exploring nature and getting pup cups. Dani’s favorite things to do for her mental health are attending workout classes, stretching, and breathing exercises.
Carly Hester, Co-Host
Carly Hester is the Affiliate Director of NAMI Philly. She personally has her own mental health journey that today she is able to openly share with others. She feels that sharing her story has been such a healing experience and something she will continue to do. Carly considers herself to be a person who is growing and overcoming each and every day. She is also a friend and family member of individuals living with mental illness and will forever be the best advocate she can be. Carly is also a super proud foster and adoptive mama to 2 toddlers and a teenager and has a beautiful wife, Bethany, who is 100% her rock.
Healthy eater4.0, 9/1/2020
I am so glad something like The YANA Podcast is available to the world. It is so inspiring to hear stories of people overcoming their mental health struggles and living successful and exceptional lives! Everyone should definitely be listening!
Touching on Important Topics for Young Adults
Maya Acosta- Health Lifestyle, 05/24/2022
I appreciate that there’s a safe place for young people to talk about taboo topics. So many things can affect our mental health. The team addresses drug addiction, sex and so much more. Great job!
Barbara Steve, 05/23/2022
Really love listening to these hosts and this podcast! Very uplifting stories that give me hope especially on my drive to work in the morning. Bri
This podcast really helped me feel less ashamed of my mental illness. I can’t wait to listen to more. Thank you for giving me hope!
Inspiring, honest and real! Looking forward to continuing to listen!!
Mental Health Podcast with a Twist!
This is more about people’s unique stories of overcoming their mental health struggles. If you are going through something similar, you can gain inspiration to do it here.
I’m loving this podcast hosted by NAMI. This is such an important topic. Thank for bringing us these important conversations!
Informative and Inspiring
There are a lot of great mental health podcasts out there, but I think the YANA podcast is one of the best.
Carly and Becca have great on-air chemistry. They’re knowledgeable and supportive, while demonstrating openness and vulnerability with healthy boundaries.
These hosts are great at creating a safe space to talk about sensitive subject matter. They make heavy subjects palatable by balancing gravitas with an appropriate dose of lightheartedness when needed.
These ladies are inspiring role models who are actively changing lives! I would 100% recommend this podcast to anyone struggling and/or interested in learning more about mental health.
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