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Posted on: October 5, 2020

Norfolk Public Library Launches Mental Health Podcast for Living Your Best Life

“Living Freely Mental Health Podcast” Show to Air Wednesday Mornings Beginning October 7

NORFOLK, VA – Norfolk Public Library (NPL) is launching a new mental health podcast show, “Living Freely: Mental Health Podcast,” hosted by Licensed Professional Counselor Rachel Ann Dine. All aspects of mental health and wellness will be discussed on the show with a focus on popular topics. Whether you are struggling with your own mental health, trying to support someone who is or simply want to make improvements, this podcast will give you resources, practical tips and useful tools to help take control over your mental, emotional and physical health to become the best possible version of you!

The first three episodes will air on Wednesday, October 7 at 6 a.m., just in time for listeners to tune in during their morning commute to work: Episode 1 – Dealing with Grief; Episode 2 – Achieving Work-Life Balance; and Episode 3 – Seasonal Affective Disorder. Follow the “Living Freely: Mental Health Podcast” by downloading the Anchor app at You can also stream the show on Google Play, Apple, Spotify and all other major listening and social media platforms.     

“These perilous times are overwhelming for many people in our community who suffer in silence trying to maintain a healthy mental state. Norfolk Public Library serves as a beacon of hope with resources and tools to empower our community. The podcast will help people without judgement or the stigma that often comes with mental health,” said Patricia Kendalls, NPL’s Adult Programming Coordinator.

Dine has been in the mental health field for 15 years and worked in a variety of settings: Crisis hotline, inpatient long-term residential and acute short-term psychiatric hospitals, military and family life counseling, and emergency departments providing mental health assessments. She has also written educational courses on psychiatric disorders for hospital employees.

“Information on achieving positive mental health should be straightforward, down to earth, and accessible! Living Freely: Mental Health Podcast seeks exactly to do just that; provide you with realistic strategies and information during a stressful time so you feel empowered to be your most content and healthy self. Live well and be well,” said Dine.

Episodes will be released weekly on Wednesday mornings with topics broken down into digestible parts to help listeners learn self-care and strategies to cope with stress in healthy ways.

Visit to view the complete list and descriptions of all episodes.


About Norfolk Public Library: 

The Norfolk Public Library offers access to information, books, programs, and online resources to meet the needs of our diverse community for life-long learning. The library system consists of two anchor branch libraries, ten branch libraries and a Bookmobile. All programs are FREE of charge. Visit or call us at 757-664-READ for more information. NPL- Creating a City of Readers.

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