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Ending The Stigma of Mental Illness with Kevin Kearns

Updated: Aug 23, 2023

After overcoming mental health challenges and adversity, this man is inspiring others and helping them through their journey.

In this episode of the Beauty of Conflict, Susan and CrisMarie have a fascinating conversation with coach Kevin Kearns, founder and CEO of Burn with Kearns, about his passion for mental health advocacy and helping people overcome challenges, just like he did. He shares his experience with mental illness, including suicide attempts and the subsequent recovery process, highlighting the importance of therapy and electroconvulsive therapy. Kevin turned his adversity into a positive mission by writing books, engaging in mental health initiatives, and establishing proper exercise, nutrition, and mindset programming as essential pillars for maintaining mental well-being. Throughout the conversation with Susan and CrisMarie, he encourages vulnerability, self-awareness, and finding joy amidst difficulties, stressing the need for a support system and intentional decisions to improve one's mental health.

Listen to this episode and learn about Kevin Kearn’s path from darkness to mental wellness advocate!

About Kevin Kearns

Kevin is the founder and CEO of Burn with Kearns, where he is responsible for the worldwide development and implementation of personal training, continuing education courses, and group fitness licensing programs. For over 25 years, Kevin Kearns has been professionally involved in the fitness industry. In 2013, he was named an All-Star Conference Presenter for IDEA, the world's largest association for fitness and wellness professionals. Based on his extensive martial arts and fitness background, Kevin has served as the strength and conditioning coach for professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters, including Alberto Crane, Kenny Florian, Marcus Davis, and Din Thomas. He also was the strength and conditioning coach for WEC fighter Alex Karalexis and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and MMA fighter Daniel Gracie. Kevin works closely with famed Muay Thai/MMA coach Mark DellaGrotte out of Sityodtong. Athletes from several professional teams work with Kevin during the on and off seasons. Kevin is certified by the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association), is a Functional Movement Screen (FMS) Certified Specialist, and is a FreeMotion Master Trainer. He has written over 100 articles and has been published and has been a regular columnist for Ultimate MMA, Fighters Only, Train Hard Fight Easy, and Fitness Trainer magazine.

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Key Take-Aways

  • How electroconvulsive therapy helped Kevin in his mental illness recovery.

  • What are the three pillars of mental well-being.

  • How martial arts and the concept of controlled violence are a method for managing and channeling challenging emotions.

  • Why fostering positive mindset programming is important in mental health.

  • How to intentionally promote personal growth, empowerment, and well-being.


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CrisMarie Campbell and Susan Clarke

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