The SonRise Project

The SonRise Project

The SonRise Project is dedicated to helping sons and daughters lead mentally healthy lives while providing a safe space to share and support families dealing with mental illness and addiction issues across the country. These calls are meant to be a safe space to gather, share, and learn from experts and other parents who are experiencing mental challenges and addictive behaviors with their sons and daughters. During these calls, listeners are welcome to ask questions, share thoughts or simply listen as our experts cover various topics surrounding the mental wellness of our sons, daughters, and our families as a whole.

Episodes

November 29, 2021 59 min

Creator of the SonRise Project, Kelli Richardson Lawson, introduces Beverly Kearney better known as "Coach Bev.” She’s an author, speaker and has a passion for coaching individuals to achieve their greatest successes. Among her many accolades, Bev is also mother to Imani Sparks. Bev adopted Imani after her mother died in a tragic car accident. The same one that left Bev injured and unable to walk for a significant period of tim...

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SonRise Project creator Kelli Richardson Lawson welcomes acclaimed actress and comedian, Jenifer Lewis. Renowned for her hilarious portrayal of Ruby Johnson in the hit show Black-ish, Jenifer is also an activist and author of two books, including The Mother of Black Hollywood. With honesty and a razor-sharp wit, Jenifer shares her journey to mental wellness. She talks about her recovery from bipolar disorder and addiction. Jenifer ...

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Marriage and Family Therapist, Carter Drew talks about what he calls The SilverPlatter Life.  He describes it as what parents do to ensure their kids have the very best of everything, positioning them to be "Instagram Ready" at all times. Behind the scenes, the reality may look very different than the public image we project. Our children may be struggling with addiction or mental wellness issues. What happens when the "...

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November 8, 2021 54 min

In this SonRise Project episode, creator Kelli Richardson Lawson introduces therapist Danielle Boucree who is also a clinical social worker with a specialty in family therapy.  She says anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorder in the United States. Sadly, only one third of those affected realize what's happening, take steps to find treatment and report it to their doctors early. Danielle says anxiety also af...

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In this SonRise Project episode, creator Kelli Richardson Lawson introduces Dr. Marie Smith-East, who is a board certified psychiatric, mental health nurse practitioner and nurse scientist. Dr. Smith-East says recognizing when your teen or young adult may need help with mental health and substance-abuse can be incredibly overwhelming. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to treatment, it is possible to navigate what many ex...

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October 25, 2021 52 min

In this episode of The SonRise Project, creator Kelli Richardson Lawson introduces Dr. Kendell Jasper, a clinical psychologist, and his brother Kainon Jasper, who together are known as The Doc-N-da-Dude. They bring an honest, common sense, comedic and most importantly real-life clinical approach to addressing young men of color entering adulthood. They share their experience ranging from clinical and sports psychology, marketing, e...

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In this episode, creator Kelli Richardson Lawson introduces Tina Lifford, a critically acclaimed actress, known for her role as Aunt Vi on OWN’s Queen Sugar. Tina is also author of The Little Book of Big Lies and CEO and creator of the Inner Fitness Project. Tina shares her own hard-won wisdom about the importance of maintaining our inner fitness, which often takes a backseat to our physical fitness. She says it's the inner sel...

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October 11, 2021 61 min

In this episode, SonRise creator, Kelli Lawson, introduces Spirit, a licensed psychotherapist, media personality, host of Love Goals on OWN, forensic evaluator, wife and mother of seven children. Spirit says so many of us struggle with painful and often unfulfilling relationships with those we love. She says what we need to understand is that these relationships act as a mirror and are a reflection of the way we  feel about ourselv...

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October 4, 2021 57 min

The SonRise Project creator, Kelli Richardson Lawson, introduces her husband, Keith Lawson. A dedicated father and 30-year veteran in the TV and Music industries, Keith shares his perspective on the challenges of raising two black sons in America today. Like so many others, he struggles with protecting his sons in a conflicted world, while also trying to give them space to find themselves. A little over three years ago, his oldest ...

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September 27, 2021 46 min

The SonRise Project creator, Kelli Richardson Lawson, introduces Life Coach Sharon Green, founder of Bloomtree Coaching and Consulting. Sharon discusses the effects of trauma on children and the action parents can take to assist them.

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September 27, 2021 56 min

The SonRise Project creator, Kelli Richardson Lawson introduces master coach, author and founder of Aiming High Inc., Sylvia High. Sylvia says we all have a vision for what our lives should be, including expectations about our children. When our plans don’t unfold the way we think they should, we often suffer a sense of failure, loss and deep emotional pain. Especially when we’re dealing with the people most precious to us… our chi...

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The SonRise Project creator, Kelli Richardson Lawson introduces Dr. Linda McGhee, a clinical psychologist, specializing in adolescents and assessments for learning differences.  In this episode, Dr. McGhee shares her expertise about what parents can do to help their children struggling with mental wellness issues. 

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September 10, 2021 1 min

The SonRise Project Podcast launches Sept 27th. New Episodes Every Monday. 

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