Look On The Bright Side

Mom, Asking For Help Is A Great Idea - A Bonus Episode Sponsored by PCAA

April 15, 2022 Jenell B. Stewart
Look On The Bright Side
Mom, Asking For Help Is A Great Idea - A Bonus Episode Sponsored by PCAA
Show Notes

This episode of the Look on the Bright Side Podcast is sponsored by Prevent Child Abuse America

Healthy children become healthy adults. And healthy adults contribute to a more productive, equitable, and flourishing society.

Prevent Child Abuse America is the nation’s premier organization committed to preventing child abuse and neglect before it happens.  A pioneer in the field for the past 50 years, PCA America is uniquely positioned to lead the movement to help children and families thrive—today, tomorrow, and for generations to come. Their approach works at two levels—boots-on-the-ground programs as well as actions that impact systems-level change. 

Evidence shows that stress and trauma caused by childhood adversity can interrupt healthy child development, and affect how the body responds to stress, putting children and adults at lifelong risk for health issues, like mental illness, depression, heart disease, and substance use problems, as well as economic consequences such as diminished educational achievement and job opportunities. 

Preventing childhood adversity is critical to building a more equitable, healthy and prosperous communities. And PCAA knows what works. Preventing adversity starts by eliminating the stresses that can overload parents.

Episode Highlights

  • [00:02:57] What happens when we reduce the stress on parents?
  • [00:03:30] Build a support network
  • [00:04:24] How we support families in my community every day
  • [00:05:10] What's Healthy Families America??
  • [00:06:13] Explore the PCAA directory to connect with support services near you, including local food or housing programs, goods and transit aid, health and care services, financial help, education and work programs, and legal services (go here)
  • [00:06:45] Sign up for parenting tips and resources at BrightByText.org
  • [00:06:52] Family Resource Centers in your community
  • [00:07:08] The importance of prioritizing self care and mental wellness for parents
  • [00:09:40] I had to seek out therapy. Here's more information on my therapy journey (go here)
  • [00:11:26] How going to therapy taught me to ask for help
  • [00:12:00] How to find therapists for women of color - therapyforblackgirls.com
  • [00:12:21] A variety of ways to OFFER help to parents
  • [00:14:56] The importance of advocate for family friendly policies from our elected leaders  (learn more here)
  • [00:15:31] Donate to organizations committed to supporting families in your community or nationally.

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