Announcing the Mental Health and Wealth Summit


    “I wish I was safer with money …”

    “Money burdens me and makes me anxious …”

    “I spend money to make me feel better, but then I feel worse …”

    “My sanity makes it difficult to manage my money …”

    “I don’t even know where to start with my money …”

    Do these statements sound familiar to you? As a financial writer and money mindset coach, I hear these comments every day from readers and clients.

    I remember falling into the google rabbit hole in 2012 searching for “how to pay off debts” and discovering the vast and wonderful world of finance blogs. I felt like I had found a way to something. But something big was missing. At the time, no one recognized the psychological effects of debt.

    After crying every day for a year, feeling lost, and ashamed of having a useless MA from a fancy private school, it was clear that my student loan debt was weighing on my mental health.

    As someone who has experienced clinical depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, situational depression and anxiety due to money sucked.

    It was why I started, my blog (and later my book) sharing my journey to paying off debt.

    I remember writing anonymously thinking I was all alone. As I shared more of my story, people commented and shared, telling me that they too felt depressed and anxious about debt and money in general. I realized that money and mental health are much more closely related than I previously thought.

    Now I’ve paid off my debt and worked in personal finance for eight years. In early 2020, I launched Dear Debt’s sister site,, and the podcast The Mental Health and Wealth Show. Just a few months later, these two so taboo topics – mental health and money – suddenly hit everyone relevant to the COVID-19 crisis.

    Over the past year I’ve seen the importance of changing the way we talk about money and mental health. We also need to help people talk about these issues and get information in a shameless zone with no discernment. So much personal financial advice and mental health care lacks empathy and can feel clinically or directly pathologizing.

    I want to change that and that’s why I created The Summit for Mental Health and Wealth in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month in May.

    If you want to have open and honest conversations about money and mental health while getting actionable advice and resources, this is for you.

    Below is the schedule for the week-long summit. All sessions are “live” through Zoom so you can attend and ask your questions and interact with others at the times specified below. Can’t make it but still want the content? Don’t worry, all ticket holders will receive video recordings of the sessions (for your information only, the hangout and the party will not be recorded).

    We have a range of speakers from financial therapists to Certified Financial Planners®, writers and breath work specialists, student loan experts, and more. Find out more about the summit here.

    Timetable for the Mental Health and Wealth Summit

    Feel free to jump whenever you can! All sessions are “live” but you will get a recording if you can’t create it but still want the content.

    Monday 17th May

    Welcome & Breath Work: Unleashing the Power of Intentional Breathing to Adjust, Reset and Relax by Jason Vitug 4-5pm PT / 7-8pm ET

    Interruption 5-5: 30pm PT / 8-8: 30pm ET

    Transform Your Money Mindset by Financial Therapist Lindsay Bryan-Podvin 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. PT / 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. ET

    Tuesday May 18th

    HSAs: Investing in Your Health and Wealth by Begonya Klumb, Head of HSAs at Fidelity Investments 4-5pm PT / 7-8pm ET

    Interruption 5-5: 30pm PT / 8-8: 30pm ET

    Inhale Money: How to Detach Money Blocks to Reconnect MIND, BODY, SPIRIT & BANK ACCOUNT by Dr. Nicole Garner Scott 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. PT / 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. ET

    Wednesday 19th May

    Student Loan Debt and Mental Health Management – A conversation with Travis Hornsby about Student Loan Planner’s 2021 Mental Health Survey + Q&A – 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. ET

    Interruption 5-5: 30pm PT / 8-8: 30pm ET

    How to Manage Your Spend Triggers by Wendy Wright 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. PT / 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. ET

    Thursday May 20th

    Ask a financial planner from Bryan Ruiz, CFP® (bring your money questions!) 4-5pm PT / 7-8pm ET

    Mental health and wealth meeting point 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. ET

    Friday May 21st

    Financial win party 4-5pm PT / 7-8pm ET

    I am very excited to share this summit with you and this is my first time doing something like this online (I have many events IRL planned with Lola Retreat). It’s no small undertaking and I put my heart and soul into it. I think this is my life’s work after struggling so much with mental health and money myself. I pay speakers and I take my time to make this a great experience.

    All of that said, the summit isn’t free, but there are sliding scale options that are capped at a certain amount.

    $ 10 – for limited income participants

    $ 35 – This is the regular ticket price for attendees who can afford the full price

    $ 50 – for podcast and summit supporters who can afford more and want to help cover the sliding scale.
    Do you have questions? Email me at I look forward to seeing you “live” at the Mental Health and Wealth Summit. If you can’t make it, you can still buy a ticket and get the recordings.


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