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The Builder's Journey

Apr 21, 2021

In 2017, Carol Johnson learned that one-third of local middle school students experienced suicide ideation and became very passionate about implementing behavioral health education. Carol is motivated by a theory of change: If we can break stigmas, encourage community conversations, and teach prevention skills, then people’s lives will be healthier. She joins Alex to discuss her work as the Program and Event Director for SpeakUp ReachOut and her mission to humanize mental health issues.  


In this episode, Alex and Carol talk about…

  • Carol’s experience in programs and operations
  • Benefits of dance movement therapy
  • Men’s outreach program: Guys, Grit & Grub
  • The why behind Carol’s mission to break down stigmas around mental health
  • Understanding suicide is preventable and evidence-based programs work
  • Suicide is everybody’s business and a public health crisis
  • Difference between sadness and depression
  • Humanizing and normalizing mental health issues
  • Speak Up Reach Out programs
  • ACT: Acknowledge, Care and Tell
  • You don’t have to be in crisis to seek help for yourself or others
  • Name drops and professional athletes 
  • Pod Decks Round
  • Big picture leadership and sticking to your mission in a transformational way 


Links to resources:


SpeakUp ReachOut 

Jeret  "Speedy" Peterson  

Bill Johnson U.S. Olympic Down Hill Skier in 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia  


Sports Illustrated: “Tess Johnson's Rise to the Olympic Team at 17 Is a Story Her Grandfather Would Have Written” 

Moguls skiier Tess Johnson is one of six 17-year-olds on Team USA. That's a story that her grandfather, the late SI writer Bill Johnson, would have loved to cover.  

Articles by William Johnson - Sports Illustrated Vault

“To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee  


U.S. Olympic Snowboarder: Jake Pates - Happy Healthy Brain Foundation  

"Whatta-Gal" The Babe Didrikson Story by William Oscar Johnson


Pod Decks "Never podcast without them"!  Alex Mintling - World Famous Podcaster


National Suicide Prevent-ion Lifeline 1-800-273-8255

Colorado Crisis Services 1-844-493-8255

Eagle County Hopeline 970-306-4673


St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Travis Brown & Team


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