Bourbon 'n BrownTown

Ep. 18 - Mental Health, Criminal Justice, & I-Positivity ft. Miles Fountain

Episode Summary

BrownTown and Miles Fountain, educator with the organization Positive Mental Health, discuss the importance of I-positivity, mental wellness, and the intersections of job-training and criminal justice.

Episode Notes

Miles Fountain works as an educator at Positive Mental Health (PMH) which emerged out of a pursuit to inspire people with disabilities to be more, do more, an achieve greater goals. Today, they design programs, projects, and activities that nurture positive mental health by training participants for employment as workers and entrepreneurs. PMH promotes mental, physical, emotional, and economic health in the Oak Park Chicago suburb and the broader area. Miles' work focuses on improving self above all else and getting clients sustainable work opportunities. PMH conducts this work on an interpersonal level within the broader mission to destroy "the oppressor's paradigm." Under this framework, they understand and work against the macro-level issues that create many of the individual situations they encounter.

Miles and BrownTown investigate the overlap of mental health services in jails and prisons, particularly in Chicago, which holds the nation's largest mental health facility...Cook County Jail. The gang touch on the Ban the Box movement, critique of the prison-industrial complex, and even (and especially) Attorney General Jeff Sessions.


Learn more about Positive Mental Health at


CREDITS: Intro/outro music by Fiendsh. Audio engineered by Genta Tamashiro.


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