Boston Globe Media and Point32Health collaborate on second season of 'Turning Points'

Podcast series is designed to help people navigate mental health


Boston Globe Media and Point32Health, the parent organization of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Tufts Health Plan, have partnered again to launch season two of their podcast series called "Turning Points," focusing on important conversations around mental health. The five-episode series, created in collaboration with Studio/B — Boston Globe Media's branded content studio — will once again feature empowering stories from those who have reclaimed their emotional well-being by finding their "Turning Points." New episodes of "Turning Points" will be launched every Wednesday, beginning Sept. 28.

"We're incredibly proud to be collaborating again with our partners at Point32Health on this special project, one that has clearly struck a chord with our audiences," said Kayvan Salmanpour, chief commercial officer for Boston Globe Media. "In fact, some of our episodes from season one saw download figures that put them in the top 15-20 percent of all podcasts. This is an amazing accomplishment, considering how saturated the podcast space has gotten over the past few years. It also validates how powerful the concept of what we like to call 'meaningful media' can be."

Returning to host season two will be Frantzes Lys, a renowned clinical social worker, accomplished writer and public speaker who has dedicated her life's work to helping people heal by removing emotional blocks and defying the resistance in their lives. In season two, Frantzes continues the discussion around pivotal moments in mental health journeys through conversations with professional athletes, scientists, therapists, writers, entrepreneurs and advocates about their mental health turning points, practices and treatment experiences. Featured guests include Boston Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo, bestselling author of "Grief is Love: Living with Loss" Marisa Renee Lee and Founder and CEO of Black Girl Ventures, Shelly Omilâdé Bell, among others.

"We're thrilled to bring back the 'Turning Points' podcast for a second season and to amplify these unique and pivotal moments that happen for many on their mental health journey," said Stephen Cassell, chief marketing & brand officer for Point32Health. "This podcast series is an extension of our mission to guide and empower healthier lives for everyone, and we're excited to welcome listeners to hear about the experiences of others committing themselves to a better quality of life."

Listeners can learn more about "Turning Points" and find episodes by visiting the podcast's website at, or find episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and other podcasting platforms.

About Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC:

Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC provides news and information, entertainment, opinion and analysis through its multimedia properties. BGMP products include The Boston Globe,,, STAT, Globe Events and Studio/B, an award-winning branded content studio. Boston Globe Media offers leading integrated advertising solutions that connect communities, ideas and causes through powerful storytelling and multimedia experiences.

Branded content projects such as "Turning Points" are produced by Studio/B in collaboration with the advertiser. The news and editorial departments of The Boston Globe have no role in its production or display.

About Point32Health:

Point32Health is a leading health and wellbeing organization, delivering an ever-better health care experience to everyone in our communities. Building on the quality, nonprofit heritage of our founding organizations, Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, we leverage our experience and expertise to help people find their version of healthier living through a broad range of health plans and tools that make navigating health and wellbeing easier.

Our programs take a 360-degree view of health for our members — no matter their age, health, race, identity or income. Our Institute works to improve population health — and our Foundation works with communities to support, advocate and advance healthier lives for everyone. We use empathy to understand what's important to those we serve, always making their priorities our own. And we work to guide and empower people by bringing together wide-ranging partners and perspectives to create new approaches that make a real difference for our community, our industry and our 2.2 million members across New England.


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