Mental Health in Small Towns with Tiffaney Holm

Today’s guest is Tiffaney Holm, a corporate trainer, mom, wife, and friend to many. Tiff joins us on the show to discuss her very personal story about mental health and offers ways we can all get better at talking about it and helping others (or ourselves) when struggling with it.

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Mental Health in Small Towns Episode Summary:

Today’s guest is Tiffaney Holm, a corporate trainer, mom, wife, and friend to many. Tiff joins us on the show to discuss her very personal story about mental health and offers ways we can all get better at talking about it and helping others (or ourselves) when struggling with it.

About Tiffaney Holm

Tiffaney Holm is a Corporate Trainer at First International Bank and Trust, where she combines her passions of training, retention, and employee engagement with her ability to inspire others to be their truest, best self. Tiffaney received her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, and draws on over fifteen years of sales experience, training and management to her role. She brings the fun to the office every day and believes in unicorns, says that “rainbow” is her favorite color, and is multilingual — fluent in English, sarcasm, and song lyrics.  

Tiffaney brings passion to both her professional life as well as her volunteer roles in the community.  She is a graduate of the 2012 “35 under 35 Women’s Leadership Program” and serves on the Board of Directors for Imagine Thriving, a nonprofit that working to end the stigma around mental health issues and provide resources for high school students, teachers, and parents in the Fargo-Moorhead area.  

She and her husband Josh are enjoying the nonstop adventure of parenting spunky, strong-willed 5 year old daughter Quinn and 12 year old twins- kind and crafty Sophia, athletic and charming Owen, and of course their yellow lab Sadie and labradoodle, Charlie.

In this episode, we tackle…

What is the difference between having poor mental health and a mental health diagnosis?

In short, one is situational and likely to improve over time as the circumstances that created the event fade, i.e. the loss of a loved one or postpartum depression and a diagnosis often means something a person will have to treat and/or manage their entire lives. Knowing the difference makes it easier for us to properly support the people we love.

How prevalent are mental health diagnoses really?

Even though the goal was to avoid making this podcast episode super analytical, Tiffaney did share 2 alarming statistics: 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 4 children will struggle with poor mental health at some point in their lives. This isn’t something that happens to “other people”. This affects us all.

Listen to this episode to hear more about:

🌈 Why the topic of mental health is still so stigmatized, especially in small towns

🌈  What to say when someone you love is struggling

🌈  What not to say when someone you love is struggling

🌈  A reframe about mental illness that will shift your perspective and hopefully, help all of us become better at talking about it

Get Help + Connect to Resources

Because Tiff is not a doctor and we don’t want people bombarding her with questions she shouldn’t be expected to handle, we’d like to direct you to the resources she mentioned at the end of the episode.

If you are struggling right now, we encourage you to reach out and get help. You are not alone. 

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Website: https://afsp.org/

Imagine Thriving, LLC Website: https://www.lssnd.org/imaginethriving

Avera’s Farmer’s Stress Hotline: 1-800-691-4336

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255