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CRACKED! The Podcast


listen to the story that inspired the podcast

Meet Your Hosts

Rebecca Schaper

Rebecca Schaper is an author, filmmaker, philanthropist, and mental health advocate. She is co-producer/director of the award-winning documentary, A Sister’s Call, which chronicles her mission to bring her brother Call Richmond Jr. back from the depths of homelessness and schizophrenia while seeking ways to heal herself and her family from the past, and author of The Light in His Soul: Lessons from My Brother’s Schizophrenia.

Rebecca makes frequent public and media appearances as a spokesperson for mental-health awareness and spiritual development. 

Sandie Sedgbeer

SANDIE SEDGBEER is a journalist, author, broadcaster, and Talk TV/Radio Show host with more than 30 years’ experience in the media.  

She is the author of six successful non-fiction books, founder and Editor-in-Chief of three leading-edge new thought magazines, and the founder of the No BS Spiritual Book Club.


mental health isn’t something that applies to just some of us—it applies to all of us.

Stress, grief, loss, worry, bereavement, health challenges, and periods of uncertainty are inevitable life experiences that can tip the scales at any time, throwing any one of us off-balance.

At times like these, some areas of life and living can feel challenging.

The fact is… we’re all susceptible to anxiety, depression, grief, and irrational behaviors at times—they’re all part of the human condition.

We’re all cracked, and that’s not such a bad thing. For it’s when the cracks appear that we open ourselves up to change, growth, and new beginnings.

Join us live 9am PT/12 noon ET/5pm UK on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of every month HERE


EPISODE 5 – March 4 2021

EFT—Retrain Your Brain for Resilience, Creativity & Joy & Reduce Anxiety, Stress & PTS

Award-winning author, researcher, and humanitarian Dawson Church, PhD, is founder of the National Institute for Integrative Healthcare (, and the Veterans Stress Project program and In this episode, he shares how EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) has helped over 20,000 veterans with PTS over the past decade, and how it can help with anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.

EPISODE 6 – March 18 2021

Widening the Window—Healing from Chronic Stress and Trauma with MMFT

Elizabeth A. Stanley, PhD is a pioneering researcher who healed herself from chronic stress and trauma with the help of an evidence-based approach called Mindfulness-based Mind Fitness Training (MMFT)® which she developed. In this episode, she discusses her book Widen the Window: Training Your Brain and Body to Thrive During Stress and Recover from Trauma, which shares a new understanding of stress and trauma.

EPISODE 7 – April 1, 2021

Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America

Robert Whitaker is an award-winning American journalist and author. His books include Mad in America, which was named one of the best science books of 2002, Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness, and Psychiatry Under the Influence: Institutional Corruption, Social Injury and Prescriptions for Reform. He is the founder  and publisher of the website

EPISODE 8 – April 15 2021

Shock and Trauma—The Ground Zero of Many Mental Health Issues

Our mental health is a measure of how strong the relationships in our lives are.  According to Clinical Psychologist, Naomi Kehati-Bronner, PhD, trauma is the ground zero of most mental health issues, particularly developmental trauma. In other words, our primary relationships in the context of the parenting we received, the family dynamics we grew up with, and the kind of community we were raised in will shape our lives.