Mental Illness: Kira Asatryan and Kat Kinsman

Mental Illness: Kira Asatryan and Kat Kinsman

Human closeness is fundamental to our mental well-being, but many people have hurdles to human closeness. Whether it’s anxiety, depression, or addiction, mental illness can be isolating. 

“Loneliness could be more of a cause than a symptom in some of our commonly recognized mental health issues. Human closeness is fundamental to our mental well-being. The loneliness that arises from a lack of human closeness could easily bring about any number of presenting problems.”

These words were written by Kira Asatryan, a certified relationship coach, professional coach, and loneliness expert, and my first guest on this episode. Then I talk to Kat Kinsman, the editor at large at Tasting Table and the founder of Chefs with Issues, a site that helps people in the restaurant industry deal with mental health issues. A lifelong struggle with her anxiety led her to write the book Hi, Anxiety, which will be in stores on November 1. Listen to the full episode below. 


'People Person'

'People Person'

How to Fight Loneliness, a Playlist

How to Fight Loneliness, a Playlist