Riverfront Talks: Substance Matters Podcast
- Need: To reduce stigma around mental illness and substance use in North Carolina.
- Intervention: The Beaufort County Behavioral Health Task Force created the Riverfront Talks: Substance Matters podcast to interview people with lived experience.
- Results: As of December 2023, the podcast has 10 episodes.
The Beaufort County Behavioral Health Task Force
Coordinator hosts the podcast, in which people share
their experiences or their work with substance use and
mental illness and discuss community resources. Past
- Community advocates
- People in recovery or with mental health disorders
- People experiencing homelessness
- Foster parents of children whose biological families
As of December 2023, the podcast has 10 episodes, with
1,441 views and 3,803 impressions.
Two people who were interviewed in the podcast have
become State Certified Peer Support Specialists, and one
of these interviewees is currently working with the task
force coordinator to create a re-entry program for people
involved with the criminal justice system and who use
Due to stigma, it was difficult at first to find
interviewees willing to talk about their experiences and
to find a filming location, since different
establishments were not comfortable with the podcast's
subject matter. In addition, an op-ed was published
talking about the Beaufort County Behavioral Health Task
Force, leading the establishment where the podcast had
been filmed to turn the crew away for future episodes.
However, once episodes started airing, more people became
more comfortable being interviewed.
To reach out to potential interviewees, use your networks
and community engagement events to tell people about your
project and your goal to reduce stigma. More people were
willing to speak out once they realized the podcast was
about empowerment, not stereotypes about people who use
To reach out to establishments for filming, talk to the
managers and owners about the purpose of the project and
the potential for increased business and becoming a
community champion for this cause.
Tiffany Moore, Coordinator
Beaufort County Behavioral Health Task Force
Mental health conditions
Substance use and misuse
December 5, 2023
Suggested citation: Rural Health Information Hub,
Riverfront Talks: Substance Matters Podcast [online]. Rural Health Information Hub. Available at:
[Accessed 29 February 2024]
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