We are talking with Safe Space CNY's founder, Tracy Mergler. Tracy is also a kindergarten special education teacher and a mom of 2. She has been in active recovery for the past 4 years, but prior to that she had an active eating disorder for 25 years as well as PTSD, anxiety, and depression. Tracy saw the need for more mental health resources in Central New York, so she founded Safe Space CNY to help others get the help they need. Safe Space CNY is "a communal mental health space that is focused on providing safety, connection and understanding for community members. With a range of groups, creative therapies, mentorship support and community partnership, Safe Space is a hub for healing and personal growth."

Thank you, Tracy. We really appreciate the work you are doing. Thank you for making a difference! Thank you for being a part of the solution!

If you want to know more, or if you want to get involved with Safe Space CNY, here is where you can find Tracy.

email: tracymergler@safespacecny.com

website: www.safespacecny.com

social media: @safespacecny


As always, thanks for listening! Keep talking.



It is our 50th episode!! We can hardly believe it! In this show we take the opportunity to thank our listeners, subscribers, guests, and members of our Facebook group. We are so grateful for everyone who is a part of the "Regular People Talking About Mental Health" community. Thank you for your support.

Then we talk about the past week. Despite the challenges the week presented, we were feeling relatively good. We end up reflecting on our school experiences since having a kid that is in middle school in our house is often a reminder of the challenges that we faced in our own school days.

If you haven't joined the Facebook group yet, check us out. We are the "Regular People Talking About Mental Health" Facebook group.


Our guest today is Mrs. Katherine Major who is a co-administrator for the Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria Support Group on Facebook. She is an advocate for RSD, but she also advocates for adults and children with ADHD and ASD. 

Mrs. Major is a graduate from the University of Mary Hardin Baylor and has been an Early Childhood Elementary Teacher for 23 years teaching mostly Pre-K and kindergarten. During her years of teaching, Mrs. Major received much mental health training and worked with children who have ADHD/OCD and Autism. 

Katherine has been married for 21 years and has 3 teenagers in High School. She herself has ADHD/OCD, and she has two sons on the autism spectrum who have ADHD as well. Two and a half years ago, her son with significant high functioning autism and ADHD was needing more support as he transferred from Junior High to High School, so Mrs. Major has been staying at home to be more available for the needs of her family. During this time, she has been able to reflect, discover, monitor and grow personally from all that she is learning in her life. 

In this episode, Katherine presents information from her perspective. She shares stories from her journey in managing her mental health, and she shares some resources she has collected along the way.  Mrs. Major is very passionate and dedicated to learning all she can to make a positive difference for learners of all ages who struggle with mental health. Thank you, Katherine for your contributions and support in the RSD community!

Look for the Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria Support Group on Facebook if you would like to join this amazingly supportive community too. We will see you there!

Also checkout the Regular People Talking About Mental Health Facebook Group. We would love to have you join us as well!


Nick and Tricia chat about how the winter has been treating them. This time of year is rough. Taking time for a little self-love is important, yet making that time is challenging. On top of that, Covid continues to impact so many of our decisions. We are fitting in little bits of self-care when we can manage it.

Nick has been recording snowplowing and snowboarding videos. Check out his YouTube channels to experience it for yourself. Go to YouTube.com/BorsellinoCarpentry for the plow videos, and check out his personal YouTube channel by searching for "Nick Borsellino" on YouTube to watch snowboarding videos.

As always, thanks for listening! Keep talking.


In this episode Nick talks about meeting his new psychiatrist and the process that led up to that first appointment.

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In this show we reflect on Nick's unspoken experience of the prior episode on suicide. Then we talk about Tricia's very different fear of dying before she does everything she wants to do. Both experiences seem to stem from the same place of wanting to be okay with just "being". The truth is that we are enough. Hopefully we can get better and better at living in the moment. Hopefully we can get better and better at accepting and enjoying ourselves as we are and life as it is in those moments.




On today's show Patrick Venetz who is an Officer in the United States Coast Guard joins us to talk about suicide. Pat is currently also working toward his MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He wants to help end the stigma surrounding mental health and seeking help. Pat has lost several friends to suicide, and has one friend who made a miraculous recovery from his suicide attempt. Suicide is generally not any easy topic to talk about, but Pat was very open with us. He shared stories about his friends, and he shared about his own experience. Patrick, thank you for having the courage to shine light on this dark topic. People all over are struggling, and they need to know that they are not alone. Better days will come. Be kind. Ask for help... and keep talking!

Connect with Patrick on Instagram: patrick.h.venetz

National Suicide Prevention Hotline (800)-273-8255


"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that". -Martin Luther King Jr.

In this show we check in to see how the mood tracking has been going. We both discovered it is difficult, but we were able to get some practice doing it and will hopefully keep at it. Then we reflect on how we both experienced a car ride we took the day before. It is so interesting how we can perceive things so differently. We continue to work on awareness of our feelings, and we definitely are still working on improving communication. It is a work in progress. Thanks for listening to us fumble our way through it. We hope you will also keep trying and keep talking!

Also, find us on Facebook. We would love for you to join our Facebook group "Regular People Talking About Mental Health".


Sarah Tietje-Mietz is an artist, freelance writer, and the director of Hilltop House and Studio. In this episode she is very open and forthcoming about her own mental health struggles. Her vulnerability is inspiring. Sarah talks about how OCD, social anxiety, and alcoholism have affected her throughout her life. She admitted to almost cancelling on us and not doing the podcast. We are so grateful that she didn't. Sarah truly gave us a gift by joining us and sharing about her experiences so openly. Again Sarah, thank you so much!

Instagram: @sareteej


In today's show we talk about Nick's current struggle with his mental health. Nick is overwhelmed by a combination of factors that are contributing to his emotional roller coaster. He is dealing with seasonal depression, a lifelong disdain for Christmas (and all holidays), closing his business...and of course we can't forget that complication multiplier, Covid-19. Nick had taken a break from mental health treatment and medication that didn't seem to be getting him the relief he was seeking. Now he seems to be ready to try getting help again. This time Nick is going to try tracking his moods with Tricia's help to hopefully be able to gain some insight into his patterns and provide whichever psychiatrist he meets with a better snapshot of his mental health struggle.



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