EPISODE 331: Mental Illness: A Global Health Crisis

Mark Lukach’s wife spent nearly two months in total in psychiatric wards during three different bipolar episodes. Mental illness appeared seemingly out of nowhere with suicidal thoughts, delusions, and dangerous behavior. While this story sounds extreme, I promise that someone you know and care about is suffering right now, as well. That being said, there’s a good chance you can help.

On this week’s show, we’ll look closely at mental illness, which affects one in every four households today. My hope is that this family’s story will inspire you to find the courage to deal with the darkness.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Why suicide is a huge (and growing) problem all over the world
  • Medication vs. natural solutions—what’s best?
  • Why talking and listening will always be important
  • How to remove the stigma of mental illness and get help


Mark Lukach is a teacher and freelance writer. He is the author of the international bestselling memoir My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward. His work has been published in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Pacific Standard, and Wired, among other publications. He is currently the Ninth Grade Dean at The Athenian School, where he also teaches history. He lives with his wife, Giulia, and their son in the San Francisco Bay area.

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