Month: February 2019

Episode 18 “Mental Health First Aid”

If you or a loved one hurts themselves physically in some way, you know exactly what the response should be. Since we were kids, adults have taught us to call 911 or the police when there is an accident or a serious emergency. But when the people around us are struggling with mental illness, do you know how to recognize the signs, and better yet, do you know what to do to get them the help they need? On today’s episode I talk about a Mental Health First Aid course that is available to anyone who is looking to do exactly that. Much like a CPR certification, the class is an 8 hour course designed to help us recognize people who are struggling with mental health issues, and offers solutions to how best to direct them to get the help they need. I hope you enjoy!

*this show references an article from bustle.com

Episode 17 “Alarming Study”

The growing sentiment in the USA is that the mental health issues are on the rise amongst children and that many of these children are not currently getting the help they need. To bolster this claim with some real hard data, a new study recently published highlighted some alarming statistics on the rate at which children are suffering from mental health disease, how many of them are getting help, and how those rates vary amongst different states. The authors cite the stigma of mental health disease, lack of health insurance coverage, and the shortage of mental health providers as some of the major reasons for children not getting the help we need. Join me on this episode as I discuss the results of this study and their implications. Info sourced from study referenced above and a summary article from CNN.

Episode 16 “Brain Reset”

When our computers or phones freeze up or get stuck in a loop, sometimes a “Reset” is all it needs to get things back on track. The same logic applies for our brains. Sometimes, especially in children, the brain can get stuck in a loop, and if this loop is instructing a bad behavior or poor focus, the brain will keep going and going…so what can we do? We can perform a brain reset. Join me on today’s episode as I explain this concept and talk about some easy ways this can be achieved and utilized at home and in school.

Episode 15 “Kids Must Think”

Critical thought is what separates humans from the other animal species. Our ability to stop, think, plan, and then make a decision is what separates us and truly makes us special. Nowadays, humans are thinking less and less thanks to technology that can think for them. When we need to know something we don’t ask questions, we ask Google. When we go online and read an article about something, we don’t ask where it came from or entertain the possibility that the article might not be factual, we take take it for face value. Kids do this more than adults, and therefore are more susceptible to the problems this blind acceptance brings. Teaching kids, especially the 21st century kids, how to critically think is so important to raising a sound, highly functioning human being. On today’s episode I discuss an article that talks about ways we can model critical thinking behaviors to teach children how to use their brains, and think!