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Episode 131: A Mental Health Roundtable with Two Kims

Burner Podcast

Release Date: 07/19/2022

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Organizational psychologist Dr. Kim Perkins and sex-positive therapist Kim Eisenberg join Arash for a chat about various mental health topics and how they pertain to the Burner community. Subjects of exploration include depression, suicide, organizational psychology, consent culture and dealing with potentially problematic participants in our Burning Man camps. Closing Set by Dances With Goats (The Mystikal Misfits)


National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255
San Diego Access & Crisis Line: (888) 724-7240
Call Black Line: (800) 604-5841
LGBT National Hotline: (888) 843-4564
The California Peer-Run Warm Line: (855) 845-7415
Trevor Project: (866) 488-7386 or text TREVOR to (202) 304 1200
Trans Lifeline: (877) 565-8860
General Support (Not 24-hours)
SAMHSA Treatment Referral Hotline (877) 726‑4727
National Alliance on Mental Health Helpline : (800) 950-6264

Silvercatgroup.com - The suicidology training course for executive coaches
Leadership and Self-Deception - the one book you need on leadership (if you can cope with the corporate khaki-pants framing and the focus on the life of middle-aged white guy Tom) -Kim


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