8. Are The Kids Alright? Talking about Mental Health with our Children
There's no question that the life-limiting impact of the pandemic and concern about other current events are affecting our emotional and mental health, but how do we talk with our kids about it? This episode includes a conversation with Rachel Larkin, MSW, LCSW, and director of crisis prevention and intervention services at EveryMind, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the mental wellness of every mind, as she shares not-to-be-missed insights and information about what our children might be thinking and feeling and how we can determine when to worry and what to do when we are.
Rachel is a social worker who has been running the 24/7 Montgomery County Hotline for more than a decade.
The American Association of Suicidology accredited program is part of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network. Rachel has a MSW from The National Catholic School of Social Service and a MA from Vanderbilt University. She is co-chair of the Montgomery County MD Suicide Prevention Coalition. In addition, she speaks throughout the state on mental health and suicide and spent 7 years as a trainer for the Mental Health First Aid program.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 800-273-8255. The Montgomery County, MD hotline run by EveryMind is 301-738-2255 or www.every-mind.org/chat/.