The primary objective of the Man Up Podcast is to raise awareness around the topic of men’s mental health, one that is surrounded by stigma and minimal conversation.  In a world where societal expectations often discourage men from openly expressing their emotions, it’s time to break the silence and redefine the importance of men’s health and what it means to “Man Up“. This podcast will uplift and embrace the diverse stories of men. Celebrities, athletes and  advocates will use their influential platform to embrace a new paradigm of masculinity that encourages men to create safe spaces to express their emotions and know that vulnerability is not a weakness but a profound strength.

The initial Man-Up podcast
Ruth Ann Huvane: National board member and local community advocate, Jessica Edwards: Chief Development Officer, Strategic Alliances and Development Dan Gillison: CEO of NAMI National, Randy Ryan: Our dynamic podcast host, Erin: NAMI CEO, Traci Coulter: A national Public Relations figure.

Randy Ryan

Randy Ryan | Veteran U.S. Army, XVIII Airborne Corps | Contributor

Randy Ryan is a contributing writer with Lima Charlie News. As a character actor for over 15 years, Randy has been featured in numerous high-profile projects for film and television. Randy’s passion for veteran causes extends far beyond his entertainment contributions. He led the inner-city gardening program, Teaching Gardens to prominence in South Los Angeles.

There are now over 500 Teaching Gardens nationally. He was recognized in a Huffington Post article as one of five veterans making a difference nationally. He is also the national spokesperson for the Farmer Veteran Coalition, which helps post 9/11 combat veterans develop viable careers in California agriculture. He leads the Homefront program for NAMI – West Los Angeles and is the host of the upcoming podcast MAN UP, which focuses on men’s mental health.


We’re thrilled to share some fantastic news from NAMI Westside LA! Randy Ryan recently joined NAMI CEO Daniel H. Gillison for an insightful episode on a popular podcast, where they gave us a sneak peek into the upcoming Man-Up podcast.

This episode provided a deep dive into critical mental health issues, offering valuable insights and discussions that are too good to miss. The Man-Up podcast promises to be a significant platform for shedding light on mental health topics with the authenticity and seriousness they deserve.

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