A Mental Escape Podcast Playlist From a Healthcare Provider

Erik Jones
4 min readMar 29, 2020
An imaginary Zoom call with the favorite escapes of our family. Drawing by Alicia Jones.

By Alicia Jones

As a healthcare provider, it is exceptionally difficult to read about my peers around the world struggling with mental and physical health in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. In an attempt to focus on the good in the world and avoid a full-on anxiety spiral as healthcare systems continue to be overrun, I’d like to share the audio I’ve come to know as my happy place.

If you’re in need of a mental escape, this playlist is for you.

Kind World — “Is Everything OK?”

This is a story about Lynn Schutzman, a pharmacist who set herself up to be self-sufficient. Doing life on her own after her husband’s death, she found herself fighting through both acute and chronic debilitating health problems. Lynn was forced to downsize to be able to pay her bills but it just wasn’t enough. She and her dogs ended up living in her car for two years until one day when she was noticed by someone in her community. Lynn was asked, “Is everything OK?”, and although she said yes, it was apparent that she was anything but ok. Ultimately, Lynn’s community rallied together to find her an apartment, raise enough money to pay rent for two years and even furnished and decorated it with donated items. This story is such an inspiration for kindness and giving. The message resonates with me so much during this time of economic turmoil.

Nocturne — A Word of Hope

The night can cause isolation, worry, fear, sadness and can sometimes feel like a desperate and lonely place. There is a group of people who have made it their mission to provide comfort to others during the night for more than 50 years — the San Francisco Night Ministry. Host Vanessa Lowe speaks with…

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Erik Jones

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