Parenting the Mental Health Generation

Parenting the Mental Health Generation

CATCH, Community Action Together for Children's Health, invites you to their conversations with mental health professionals and others about topics that concern us as we navigate our parenting journeys and support our kids struggling with their emotional well-being.This is the conversation you aren’t having with your kid’s doctors and teachers because time doesn’t allow it. Or, with your friends, because they just don’t get it. So put in your earbuds, take this 30 minutes for you and join our conversation because mental health matters. CATCH, Community Action Together for Children's Health, is a 501(c)3 that provides support and education for families around mental health topics. Original content and materials from CATCH and its collaborators are for informational purposes only. They are provided as a general resource and are not specific to any person or circumstance. © CATCH 2022

Episodes

January 30, 2023 25 min

Amy and Lisa sit down with two North Shore filmmakers, Ari Braun and Eden Grunsberg, to discuss their film "The Stigma." The documentary is a raw look into the struggles teens experience in sharing their mental illness with friends. What is so compelling about the documentary is that these filmmakers are themselves teens.

Amy and Lisa expand the conversation with Ari and Eden to their thoughts and feelings about their teen ...

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When the Anxiety Monster reared his ugly head one morning at college, a student called his mom. In this essay from the CATCH series, In Real Life, she shares their conversation and the one important question she asked to support him in that moment.
You can read this In Real Life Journal post here.

Do you ever wonder if you’re the only one struggling with bumps and pitfalls on a daily basis? Listen to Real Talk: Essays from Real Life,...

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It took five years, but I finally figured out how to follow the therapist’s advice. In this Essay from Real Life, a mom shares her struggles with managing her anxiety while trying to support her son on his mental health journey. Through a series of trials and errors, can she learn the true value of validation?

You can read this In Real Life Journal post here.

Do you ever wonder if you’re the only one struggling with bumps and pitfall...

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During this holiday season, why are we surprised when that unwanted guest, Grief shows up? Listen to this Essay from Real Life as one family opens their arms to a young man walking through his journey of grief.

You can read this In Real Life Journal post  here.

If you’d like to write an In Real Life, email info@catchiscommunity.org.

Do you ever wonder if you’re the only one struggling with bumps and pitfalls on a daily basis? List...

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December 13, 2022 40 min

Kids say the darnedest things.  In this episode of Parenting the Mental Health Generation, our host’s adult children join the conversation.  Shawn and Luke Oberholtzer, Amy’s kids, are in their 20s, and have some things to say about growing up, the parent-child relationship, social media and more. Our other host, Lisa, is raising two young children and soaks in all the Oberholtzers have to offer. 

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    November 15, 2022 30 min

    Fear of going to camp...or is it? Toothpaste flavors, chicken nuggets, and friendship drama are all up for discussion in this episode of Parenting the Mental Health Generation.   

    Our hosts, Amy and Lisa, talk with Dr. Natalia Kaczmarek, licensed clinical psychologist and founder of Indigo Therapy Group, Northbrook, Illinois about the challenges of parenting, the pitfalls we experience, and how to course correct in a way that really...

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    Have you spent hours arguing with your teen about cleaning their room  or taking out the garbage when they couldn't seem to even start the chore? Wondering why your middle schooler couldn't start their homework?

    In this episode of Parenting the Mental Health Generation, Amy and Lisa talk with Stacy Mautner, an ADHD and advocacy coach about these latest buzz words, Executive Functioning (EF). What is it? How do you help your ...

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    If you are fortunate enough to sit down for a family dinner, you probably hope for a fun-filled conversation with sharing and laughter. For many, that's not the case. Parents often pepper their kids with questions only to receive one word answers, and everyone leaves the kitchen defeated. How can you change the dynamic and create a space where everyone feels free to talk? Jason Price, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Co-...

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    Welcome to Season 2! We officially kick off with our first episode on September 20th and watch for new episodes every third week of the month. You can also find our episodes on YouTube now. 

    Get ready for a new season with new guests who are both mental health professionals and with mental health life experts, those who have walked this journey and can share  unique perspectives and personal insights.

    And, we're asking you to get...

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    In our first Essay from Experts in our Real Talk series, we bring to life the interview CATCH did with Dr.  Julie Friedman, PhD, trauma psychologist  about the symptoms and treatment for secondary traumatic stress. Dr. Friedman is also the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Skyway Behavioral Health in Skokie, IL 

    You can read this CATCH Journal post  here.

    Do you remember that important question you wanted to ask your loved one&#...

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    If your child is heading off to college and taking their mental health struggles with them, this episode is for you. 

    Kyle, who just finished his freshman year at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, and his mom, Anne, talk with our hosts, Amy O. (aka, the mom) and Dr. Lisa (aka, the psychologist) about their strategies for success and lessons learned from bumps in the road.

    You’ll hear Kyle talk bravely about his mental health jo...

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    In our second to last episode of this season, listen to Amy and Lisa share their personal stories of what brought them to CATCH, the life lessons they are learning, and what they are experiencing after the July 4th shooting in Highland Park, a nearby suburb. Whether you're parenting young children or young adults, our CATCH team can relate, because we are living it. In this episode, our podcast hosts provide a look at who we ar...

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    It's true, everything we need to know, we truly do learn in Kindergarten.   In our next Real Talk, Essays from Real Life,  Linda Davis bravely shares her strategy to cope with the distress, find calm, and get through the tough moments when your parenting worries and fears are running nonstop.

    Do you ever wonder if you’re the only one struggling with bumps and pitfalls on a daily basis? Listen to Real Talk: Essays from Real Life,...

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    June 2, 2022 36 min

    The world is a mess right now. No matter what you read, watch, or listen to, the headlines are alarming:  senseless shootings, a difficult war, an upcoming and controversial Supreme Court decision, midterm elections, a lingering pandemic, and a serious mental health crisis amongst our kids.

    If it feels overwhelming to you as a parent, imagine how it makes your child feel -- and rest assured, they hear what's happening in our wor...

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    Do you ever wonder if you’re the only one struggling with bumps and pitfalls on a daily basis? Listen to Real Talk: Essays from Real Life, straight from the CATCH Journal at catchiscommunity.org.

    We’re recording those heartfelt and honest stories from parents and others for those who’d rather listen than read. When you hear people share their most vulnerable moments, you’ll know you are not alone. 

    So put in your earbuds and listen...

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    Do you ever wonder if you’re the only one struggling with bumps and pitfalls on a daily basis? Listen to Real Talk: Essays from Real Life, straight from the CATCH Journal at catchiscommunity.org.

    We’re recording those heartfelt and honest stories from parents and others for those who’d rather listen than read. When you hear people share their most vulnerable moments, you’ll know you are not alone.

    So put in your earbuds and listen ...

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    May 12, 2022 44 min

    One of the best ways to support our children's mental health is to talk about our feelings.  But that's easier said than done with a kid who doesn't want to share.  In this episode of Parenting the Mental Health Generation, we talk with three local school leaders about how they get kids talking.  This conversation takes place as we celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month and work to reduce the stigma around mental healt...

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    Do you ever wonder if you’re the only one struggling with bumps and pitfalls on a daily basis? Listen to Real Talk: Essays from Real Life, straight from the CATCH Journal at catchiscommunity.org. We’re recording those heartfelt and honest stories from parents and others for those who’d rather listen than read. When you hear people share their most vulnerable moments, you’ll know you are not alone.

    So put in your earbuds and listen ...

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    Do you ever wonder if you’re the only one struggling with bumps and pitfalls on a daily basis? Listen to Real Talk: Essays from Real Life, straight from the CATCH Journal at catchiscommunity.org.

    We’re recording those heartfelt and honest stories from parents and others for those who’d rather listen than read. When you hear people share their most vulnerable moments, you’ll know you are not alone.

    So put in your earbuds and listen ...

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    Do you feel pressure to protect your child from disappointment? You aren't the only one. Our guest, Dr. Karen Cassiday, clinical psychologist and owner and managing director of the Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago, says that's a common experience for parents these days and comes with real consequences, especially when anxiety is part of the picture.  In this episode, she talks with our hosts, Amy O. and Dr. Lisa,...

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