53 minutes | Mar 18, 2015
Ep. 7: PTSD and its Impact on Military Children
Approximately 8-10% of Service members who served in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq experience post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. Research has documented ripple effects of PTSD on families, including children. Although most offspring are resilient and do not develop long-term problems, parental PTSD is associated with higher risks of distress and behavioral problems among children. However, these youth and families do not need to suffer alone, and many resources are available. Tonight's guest, Michelle Sherman, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who has dedicated her career to supporting veterans and their families with mental illness, trauma, and PTSD. She has worked in the VA system for almost 20 years, and has developed family education programs that have been used nationally in the VA. Further, along with her mother (a teacher), she writes books for teens dealing with parental mental health problems, including "Finding My Way: A Teen's Guide to Living with a Parent Who Has Experienced Trauma" (www.SeedsofHopeBooks.com)
52 minutes | Feb 4, 2015
Ep. 6: A Conversation with Linda Gray Sexton
Tonight, we visit with Linda Gray Sexton. We will be discussing her three memoirs, Searching for Mercy Street, Half in Love and her latest Bespotted. In this trilogy, Linda shares with us her journeys in self-discovery: a journey to forgive her mother, Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Anne Sexton, for her suicide; a journey to acceptance of the legacy of suicide and Linda's triumph over it; and finally a journey to seeing the joyous aspects of her current life, and childhood, specifically through the lives of her dogs. Linda is a published author of four novels, in addition to these three memoirs, and has been her mother's literary executor since her death in 1974.
55 minutes | Jan 28, 2015
Ep. 5: Catching Up with Susan Smiley
Ten years ago we were introduced to Susan Smiley, her mother Millie and her sister Tina. Out of the Shadow was produced and directed by Susan. Premiering in 2005, it provided an unprecedented insight into her mother's serious mental illness, her own journey and how she and her sister have coped. The response to the film was enormous, receiving wide-spread press coverage. It continues to be required viewing in many university courses and graduate schools of public health, psychiatry, social work and nursing. It has received many awards, been translated into 12 languages and has been viewed countless times on PBS stations across the country. Tonight, we speak with Susan. She'll reflect on how the film impacted her life since she went public with her very personal and painful story. We will also discuss her current activities and interests.
78 minutes | Jan 21, 2015
Ep. 4: The Impact of Mental Health Stigma and Discrimination on Daughters/Sons
Myths, misunderstandings and stereotypes are common when discussing persons who have been diagnosed with a mental illness. The "stigma of mental illness" can lead to the adoption of discriminatory and abusive practices. Over the last decade, much has been written about "stigma", but not it's impact on children. Tonight, Mike leads us in discussion on the impact "stigma" has on Daughters/Sons. We'll be reviewing a few themes: the messages young children receive; the messages that D&S tell themselves as they form identities separating them from their parents; the messages we receive from service providers and others involved in mental health advocacy. We will also share how discriminatory practices can impact the lives of children. We will finish by addressing positive experiences and messages, which can lead to resiliency and improved self-esteem.
41 minutes | Jan 14, 2015
Ep 3: Mental Health Literacy and COPMI Youth: The YES Program
Our guest tonight is Joanne Riebschleger, Ph.D., MSW. We will discuss how children of a parent with a mental illness describe mental illness and their stated needs for information and support. Parent perspectives will also be discussed. Dr. Riebschleger is working toward building a ten session program called Youth Education and Support or YES. The YES program teaches middle school children about mental illness, and/or substance abuse disorders. In 2013-2014 it was one of 25 prevention programs selected nationwide for enhanced evaluation support by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Listeners will hear about the lively, hands-on activities of the program and emerging program outcomes. Joanne Riebschleger, Ph.D., MSW is a family member of people with mental illnesses and an Associate Professor of Social Work at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. She lectures internationally and nationally on issues pertaining to children with a parent with a mental illness (COPMI), their parents, and other family members. Examples of her current research in these areas include: 1) Developing an evidence-based mental health literacy program for middle school children who have a family member with mental illness and/or substance abuse; 2) Exploring parents’ who have a mental illness descriptions of their experiences with family courts; and 3) Assessing factors that contribute to effective recruitment of COPMI youth, parents, and families to prevention programs for the children.
59 minutes | Jan 7, 2015
Ep. 2: A Family Recovery Model for Mental Health Services
Tonight we will briefly discuss the recently published anthology Motherhood, Mental Illness and Recovery with one of the book’s contributors, Joanne Nicholson, PhD. As the author of the book’s first chapter, Dr. Nicholson provides a framework for developing a family recovery model for mental health services. We will review a number of key concepts and processes in the approach to supporting parents with mental illnesses and their families. These include the concepts of: (a) family-centered, (b) strengths-based, (c) family-driven and self-determined, (d) recovery- and resilience-focused, and (e) trauma-informed. Key processes include: (f) engagement and relationship building, (g) empowerment, (h) availability and accessibility, and (i) advocacy. Dr. Nicholson is a clinical and research psychologist, and Professor of Psychiatry at the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center. She is also Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), where she directed the Child and Family Research Core of the UMMS Center for Mental Health Services Research. Dr. Nicholson has established an active program of research on parents with mental illnesses and their families, in partnership with people in recovery. Her team is developing education and skills training materials for parents, integrating the current knowledge on parents with mental illnesses, and evaluating interventions for families, including the pilot Family Options intervention. In 2006, Dr. Nicholson received the Armin Loeb Award from the U.S. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association for her significant career contribution to research in psychiatric rehabilitation.
83 minutes | Dec 30, 2014
Ep. 1: The Daughters & Sons Initiative
In 2003, Maggie Jarry and Joe Donovan began a series of discussions, which led to the development of a national network of daughters and sons of parents with mental illness. In time, this network would come to be known as The Daughters and Sons Initiative. On this, our inaugural episode, Joe and Maggie are joined by Cheri Bragg Acker and Mike McCarthy. We will be discussing this Initiative; it’s history, achievements and hopes for the future. We will also explain how this new show, The Daughters & Sons Hour, will seek to support and expand on the efforts of the Initiative.