Boyz Do Cry | mental health conversations

Boyz Do Cry | mental health conversations

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Authentic and honest conversations about mental health. Hosted by two students Ram Reyes and Paulina Rodriguez-Ruiz, each week we talk about how we are feeling — how we are actually feeling — and try to make sense of the things going on in our heads. We invite guests — ranging from our personal friends or mental health professionals — to share their stories and talk about their experiences. DISCLAIMER: We are not mental health professionals. Just two open individuals talking from experience. Please seek professional help if you are in need. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/boyzdocry/support


SZN 3 Finale: To love or not to love?
May 30 • 61 min
To love or not to love? That is the question. 16 episodes later & we’re here! Where are we, you ask? Somewhere in between. We look back at our journeys, and all the twists and turns that finally led us to this moment. Ram cries, and Paulina wonders if…
Sage Advice w/ Saige
May 16 • 94 min
The ever lively Saige, from the Saige Advice Podcast, graces us with her wit and humor to talk about her journey throughout life. We touch on the effects of divorce, LGBT identity and why the hell do White boys keep punching holes in the walls?? It’s…
The Revelations of Relationships w/ Jalen
May 9 • 47 min
For this episode of Boyz, we catch up with Jalen the creator of our theme song and member of Hopeless Yet Happy and Self Explanatory. We dive into the psychology of relationships and how they bring out sides of you that are not always seen. You can also…
Multicultural Healing w/ Devoya
May 2 • 77 min
On this episode of Boyz, Devoya a cultural broker at the Holistic Cultural & Educational Wellness Health Center, and creator of The Happy Black Girl Project joins us to talk about healing through a multicultural lens.a program seeking to empower…
Appreciating Uncertainty
Apr 25 • 41 min
Ram is almost graduating with is Bachelor’s is currently freaking out about the prospects after college. Paulina and Ram discuss their many revelations about their purpose and how much they have grown in face of their traumas. Sometimes, we might not know…
Yoga w/ Janel
Apr 18 • 91 min
On this episode of Boyz, we talk to yoga instructor Janel and explore the mind, body, and spirit connection. Janel shares how she has been able to heal through yoga, and how her practice has evolved over the years. We explore the way our bodies store…
The Art of Life is Grieving
Apr 11 • 40 min
Welcome back to another check-in episode as we explore Ram and Paulina’s current mental state. Ram talks about being sick and the constant in flux of just new things to deal with and will it ever end. Paulina talks about coming out to her mother and…
Anxiety & Reiki w/ Clare
Apr 4 • 60 min
On this episode we explore the benefits of Reiki, an ancient Japanese form of energy healing. Reiki is a healing modality that originated in Japan in the late 1800s. It involves the transfer of universal life force energy from the practitioner’s hands to…
Ram’s Therapist Went on Vacation
Mar 28 • 47 min
Yep, Ram’s therapist went on vacation! So now he’s using this podcast as therapy! We talk about what’s been going on with Paulina but it’s mostly Ram talking about his relationship anxieties, texting and how we overuse exclamation marks in emails! Things…
The Power of Adversity w/ Jeremy
Mar 21 • 99 min
On this episode, we talk to Jeremy Burright, professional athlete, basketball coach, podcast host of Always Loading, and Yu-Gi-Oh aficionado. He talks about the power of standing in your own truth, and the importance of creating connection. Jeremy shares…
Daddy Issues
Mar 14 • 63 min
This week we dive head first into one of the most uncomfortable topics we have tackled on this podcast yet — Daddy Issues. That’s right, Ram and Paulina opens up (a bit) about their relationships with their fathers and analyze how that has affected them…
Addiction w/ Josh
Mar 7 • 68 min
On this episode, we talk to Johnny, a 19-year-old lead singer of Blackcat, a psych-rock band based out of Fresno, CA. He shares his battle with addiction, and how he was able to get sober. Johnny shines a light on the physical and mental tolls of Xanax, a…
Going Through It
Feb 28 • 54 min
CW: Mentions of suicide/suicide ideation Paulina discusses her panic attacks and Ram actually feels kind of okay(?) and shares what he’s learned about Hinduism. Ask us questions! We are trying out this different format this SZN and we hope to talk to all…
Asian Mental Health w/ Garr
Feb 21 • 84 min
For SZN3’s first guested episode we talk to Garr. Garr created and currently leads the Subtle Asian Mental Health Facebook group which has over 12k members. We talk to him about what lead to him creating the group as well as his own personal struggles…
SZN 3: FEELS
Feb 14 • 57 min
Welcome to SZN 3 and Happy Valentine’s Day! Ram and Paulina are back to talk about how we’re feeling and we’re feeling a lot coming back to the podcast. Since it’s Valentine’s Day, we are in the mood for LOVE and how difficult that is mixed up with past…
SZN 2 Finale: Changes
Jan 3 • 98 min
We made it again to the end of another szn! Wow! We reflect yet again on what we had learned in the time of the season. There are changes afoot, changes that we discuss. One major change is Paulina will be moving away to Long Beach. All of our podcasts up…
Generational Pressures w/ Jemimah
Dec 27, 2018 • 72 min
Fresno artist and business owner Jemimah Barba joins us this episode to talk about the pressures from life — pressures from friends, family and the legacy of your roots. She talks about her experience moving from the Philippines to the United States at a…
Success and Failures w/ Johnny
Dec 20, 2018 • 78 min
We sit down with Johnny Quiroz, founder of Love the Captive, a music and event management company in Fresno, CA. Quiroz has worked in the music industry for over 20 years and shares insights on how to transform your passions into careers. He shares with…
Masculinity w/ Jason, Jorge, Tommy & Marco
Dec 13, 2018 • 77 min
Masculinity. One of the reasons we named this podcast “Boyz Do Cry” is because of the common notion that boys aren’t allowed to cry. We wanted to directly oppose that belief and hopefully through talking about our emotions, we can have the space for men…
Immigrant Dreams w/ Blanca
Dec 6, 2018 • 86 min
On this episode of Boyz do Cry Blanca, a “dreamer” (DACA recipient), and Virgo shares her experience immigrating to the United States. She talks about the roadblocks she’s experienced in her personal, professional, and academic life due to her immigration…
PTSD from Childhood w/ Qwnn (ft. Carl)
Nov 29, 2018 • 76 min
Radio DJ and producer Qwnn join the Boyz today and talk about his childhood experiences and how those traumatic events affected his life later on. He talks through the many things that happened in his childhood, from running away from home to taking care…
A Very Drunk Thanksgiving Special (ft. Jorge)
Nov 22, 2018 • 81 min
We were extremely drunk when we recorded this special Thanksgiving episode on the floor of Ram’s house, and honestly I have no idea what we talked about (my drunk alter ego La Chica Carmen came out). This year has been surreal, it’s been full of highs and…
Working in Mental Health w/ Mitch and Ryan
Nov 15, 2018 • 89 min
Join us this episode as we share space and talk about working within the field of mental health with Mitch Collins, a program director for a program working with individuals with mental illness in that face the legal system, and Ryan Smith, in process to…
Talking Therapy and Life w/ Frances Echeverria, LMFT
Nov 8, 2018 • 80 min
Radio host, LMFT and co-host of The Hilarious Humanitarians podcast Frances Echeverria aka “Skippy” come on and talk with the Boyz about the process behind therapy from the therapist point of view. Working as a radio host and a licensed marriage and…
Healing Through Community w/ Alex and Janet
Nov 1, 2018 • 77 min
In this episode we dive into the increasing difficulties of academia and mental health, and the benefits of creating a strong support system. We talk to Alex and Janet, members of M.E.Ch.A (the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlan) about their…
Anger w/ Marco
Oct 25, 2018 • 69 min
“Anger is a mask” We dive deep with our good friend Marco about how anger hides the pain that we are feeling inside. Anger comes from many sources but finding the root of the pain anger hides usually leads to childhood trauma. And oooo boy we do get into…
Spirituality w/ Justus and Steelo
Oct 18, 2018 • 61 min
Two artists, Justus and Steelo, join us today on the pod to talk a lot about their relationship with spirituality/religion, music and how that helps them with their mental health. While not all of you are probably religious or spiritual, I think their…
SZN 2: Foundations of Love: What is Love? Is it Real? Who knows!
Oct 11, 2018 • 53 min
CW: Sexual Abuse, Suicide SZN 2 is here and we’re ready to unpack some more trauma and deal with it in a constructive way! SZN 2’s theme is Foundations and we’re trying to make a good solid foundation for our mental health and hope you will join us in…
SZN 1 Finale: What did we learn this SZN?
Sep 6, 2018 • 78 min
We made it y’all! We didn’t think we’d make it here. On this SZN 1 finale, we record IN THE WILD — and by wild we mean a park. We reflect on what we learned this season — from our guests, experiences and from each other. We also talk about our plans for…
Xochipahtli, the Power of Flower Medicine w/ Adrianna
Aug 30, 2018 • 80 min
Gardening is often cited as a way to relieve stress. But Adrianna proves that it’s more than just that. She talks about her experience volunteering in a juvenile correctional facilities and help growing a garden with young people that society seemed to…
Eating Disorders & the Process in Therapy w/ Anjanae
Aug 23, 2018 • 72 min
Our friend Anjannae talks about her experience living with an eating disorder, Bulimia, and the process of therapy — from making the decision to doing homework that her therapist gives her. Anjanae’s Book, “Bees and Weeds” (BUY IT!!!):…
The Highs & Lows of Bipolar Disorder w/ Chris
Aug 16, 2018 • 54 min
We talk this week with Paulina’s longtime friend, Chris, about his experience with bipolar disorder. We get into the events leading up to his breakdown that eventually got him to go get help and get diagnosed. Bipolar disorder is one of the more…
Depression Memes w/ Lexi
Aug 8, 2018 • 49 min
TW: Suicide, Suicide Ideation, Sexual Abuse If you’re a millennial, you’ve probably seen depression memes and on some level relate to it. We discuss the joys and pitfalls of identifying too much with the memes. We talk about our first mental breakdowns…
Life Lessons w/ Jalen, artist of our theme song
Jul 27, 2018 • 68 min
Do you love our theme song? We sure do and the man behind the song is as amazing as the song. This week, Jalen joins us to talk about so many topics, I didn’t really know what to call the episode. The best summary is “Life Lessons.” Jalen shares his story…
Being a Gay Man in 2018 w/ Tommy and Eric
Jul 19, 2018 • 73 min
On this episode, we talk to our friends Tommy and Eric about their experiences as gay men in 2018. We talk about the problems plaguing the gay community right now such as the epidemic of loneliness, gay men having the high rates of depression/anxiety and…
Borderline Personality Disorder w/ Marisol
Jul 12, 2018 • 55 min
TW: Suicide, Self-Harm This week, we talk to Marisol, an artist and friend who suffers from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). We discuss what exactly BPD is, how it affects her life and ways she’s healed/coped through it all. We also dive into her…
Depression & Art w/ Crystal
Jul 7, 2018 • 59 min
Sometimes depression can lead to the creation of art. But will our creativity disappear if we try and treat our depression? Is our art rooted from depression? These are some of the questions we explore with artist Crystal (@GooeyStranger on Instagram) and…
Mental Health as a Young Mother w/ Ashleigh & Julease
Jun 29, 2018 • 40 min
This week, Ram talks to Ashleigh Panoo and Julease Graham, two mothers in their twenties that got pregnant during their late teens. They discuss the many struggles of being a young mother such as carving out time for themselves, managing anxiety and the…
SZN 1: Who are the Boyz?
Jun 15, 2018 • 48 min
CW: Suicide, Depression, Anxiety, Sexual Trauma, Childhood Abuse In our first episode of “Boyz Do Cry,” Ram and Paulina introduce ourselves and talk about why we’re starting this mental health podcast. We open up about our own traumas and experiences…