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Episode 10: “2019 Mental Goals”

Every year should be better than the next. Often we hear of people making New Year’s resolutions that revolve around physical improvement or betterment. This year I propose all of us make mental health a primary focus and make some small goals to live every day with our mental health in mind. On today’s show I discuss an article that discusses different ways we can do this, and brings in suggestions from medical professionals to over small but concrete steps we can take. Wishing everyone a mentally strong, 2019!

Episode 9: “Holiday Wellness”

Remember the time when we counted down the days until Christmas arrived? Remember when the holiday season was a stress free, joyous time of smiling and celebrating with those we love? What happened to that feeling as we got older? How did the holiday season become so stressful and such a source of negative energy and mental anguish? On today’s episode, right before Christmas, I discuss this exact topic and offer a few tips on how we can practice “Holiday Wellness” to ensure we capture some of that holiday magic, and keep the holiday time joyous and stress free. Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a wonderful time with your friends and family. Enjoy!

Episode 8: “Being Brave”

On today’s show we talk about a topic that I think is really important to a healthy mindset and something that should really be taught and reinforced while kids are young….bravery.   In today’s world of parenting we have become so protective of our children, we never ever want them to feel any sort of discomfort or displeasure.  But as we know and have discussed, that is setting kids up to fail because the world inevitably will make our kids feel discomfort of some sort, and they’re going to have be able to deal with this on there own. In addition to bravery, I feel the rise in anxiety is directly proportional to this feeling of overt safety that we provide our children.  The more kids think that everything is and will be OK, the more anxious they will be if the feel like something bad or wrong is going to happen…SO, we have to be better at teaching our kids how to be brave, and how to be comfortable in the uncomfortable .  How can we do that? Give a listen and let me know your thoughts!

Episode 7: “Social Media Lonely” ft. Dr. Melissa Hunt

Welcome to another episode of The Better Mental Health for Kids and Parents podcast.  On today’s show we discuss the affects of social media on mental health and bring on Dr. Melissa Hunt,  the Associate Director of Clinical Training in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.  In addition to having an active clinical practice, Dr. Hunt conducts research on the cognitive and affective bases of depression, anxiety disorders and chronic GI disorders.  In a recent study just published in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, Dr. Hunt and her team describe, for the first time, a causal connection between social media usage and the mental health disease depression amongst young adults. 

We hope you enjoy, please leave us your comments! 

Episode 6: “Bullying Research” ft. Dr. Kelly Lynn Mulvey

Bullying can come in many different forms. Sometimes, kids bother others on the playground, in the halls at school or even online on social media sites, in email, and in text messages. About one in every four kids at school has reported being bullied. Experts estimate that about one out of every seven kids in any of the school grades is either a bullying victim or a bully. Schools that have a big problem with bullying seem to have students that don’t perform as well. These schools may score as much as 6 percent lower academically than schools with less bullying.

On today’s show I discuss with psychologist Dr. Kelly Lynn Mulvey how programs and prevention of bullying are guided by research.  Kelly Lynn provides us with some results from her own research looking at how different types of bullying affect children difficulty. We also discuss how this research can then be used for better programs designed to prevent bullying.   For more information on Dr. Mulvey’s latest publication click here.

Please remember that your feedback will greatly help guide and steer this show, please leave a message on our website www.bettermentalhealthshow.com, send an email to bettermentalhealthshow@gmail.com, and leave a review on iTunes.   ENJOY!

Episode 5: “Family First”

Nowadays spending quality time with family is becoming more rare than ever do to a more hectic work life for both parents.  Research has shown that over the past three decades, family time at the dinner table and family conversation in general has declined by more than 30%. Families with children under the age of 18 report having family dinners three to four times per week. One third of families with 11- to 18-year-olds eat one or two meals a week together and only one fourth eat seven or more family meals per week.    In addition to this, the experience at the table has also declined in quality with the increase in distractions such as television watching, Smartphone apps, text messaging, and telephone conversations. 

There has been plenty of research that suggests a positive affect on children’s mental health when greater time is spent with family and on today’s episode I talk about what those benefits are, and tell examples from my life on how family time has helped me. Enjoy!

 

Episode 4: “Screen Time”

Screen time, that is, how much time someone spends in front of a TV screen or device is one of the most discussed and arguably controversial subjects in the world of parenting today, screen time. While there have been numerous studies out there looking at smaller scale studies, a very recent study looking at the result of over 40K participants on the impact of screen time amongst children and teens and their associated mental health was just released, so I wanted to go over the results and implications on today’s show.

To begin the show I speak a bit on how I approached this issue with my own child and then get into the results of the study that show a correlation of higher screen time uses, to poor behavior and mental health outcomes.

Please remember that your feedback will greatly help guide and steer this show, please leave a message on our website www.bettermentalhealthshow.com, send an email to bettermentalhealthshow@gmail.com, and leave a review on iTunes.   ENJOY!

Episode 3: “Mindfulness Matters” ft Samara Zelniker

The practice of mindfulness is one of the simplest ways to help lead a more mentally healthy life.  While the techniques of mindfulness can be quite simple and attainable for kids and humans of all ages, it does require discipline and some help from the people around you.  I have found personally that practicing mindfulness has greatly helped me stay present in the moment and fight off the some of the daily struggles thrown my way.  As a parent I have already introduced these techniques to my 6 year old in hopes of getting his brain wired to be more present in the moment and understanding that life is nothing more than a collection of moments that pass and get followed up by more.

On today’s show I discuss what mindfulness is, ways we can achieve it, and give examples I think might be helpful to you and your children.  Towards the end of the show I bring on Samara Zelniker, a certified holistic wellness coach and creator of Mindfulness Matters, a company aimed at spreading the positive message and benefits of mindfulness, to further the discussion.

Please remember that your feedback will greatly help guide and steer this show, please leave a message on our website www.bettermentalhealthshow.com, send an email to bettermentalhealthshow@gmail.com, and leave a review on iTunes.   ENJOY!

Episode 2: “Anxious Humans”

Anxiety is one of the most prevalent mental disorders and the numbers in children have been increasing over the past years.  Anxiety is a complex issue and on this podcast we will discuss this topic frequently.  To begin our discussion, this episode will focus on what anxiety is, why our brains are wired to be anxious, what happens when we get anxious, and thoughts as to why children are becoming more and more anxious.  

Please remember that your feedback will greatly help guide and steer this show, please leave a message on our website www.bettermentalhealthshow.com, send an email to bettermentalhealthshow@gmail.com, and leave a review on iTunes.   ENJOY!

Episode 1: “We Are Suffering”

It is time for an intervention, so lets get it over with on the first episode. On Episode 1 we are going to have an intervention together and talk about the reality that is mental disease.  During this show we will discuss the inevitability of mental disease, and how we should approach ourselves and our children with this in mind.   We can not wait until mental health symptoms manifest, we must be proactive and take preventative measures early with our kids to avoid the problems that arise later.   At some point in our lives we will experience and mental disorder, and our children are suffering earlier and earlier.  Why?  What is happening?  How can we address this?   Join me as we discuss on today’s show.  

Please remember that your feedback will greatly help guide and steer this show, please leave a message on our website www.bettermentalhealthshow.com, send an email to bettermentalhealthshow@gmail.com, and leave a review on iTunes.   ENJOY!