What Parents Are Saying — Prevention Wisdom, Authenticity, and Empowerment

What Parents Are Saying — Prevention Wisdom, Authenticity, and Empowerment

The “Talk. They Hear You.” campaign is pleased to announce its new podcast: What Parents Are Saying — Prevention Wisdom, Authenticity, and Empowerment. The goal is to provide a platform where parents and caregivers can get informed, be prepared, and take action by having open and honest conversations with their kids about substance use and mental health. Hosted by Debbie Berndt, Director of Parent Movement 2.0, the podcast will feature discussions with parents, caregivers, and nationally recognized experts lending their unique perspectives and experiences on how to navigate conversations around these important topics. Learn more at talktheyhearyou.samhsa.gov.


November 11, 2022 24 min

Join us for the third and final episode of brain-based parenting with Dr. Crystal Collier, psychotherapist and author of The NeuroWhereAboutsGuide. In the first two episodes, we covered how a brain is formed and how to protect it. In episode three, we discuss many tips, tools, and techniques that can help parents in these efforts. Review the lists and graphs that we mention here.

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We are back for episode two of a three-part series on brain-based parenting with Dr. Crystal Collier, psychotherapist and author of The NeuroWhereAbouts Guide. In the first episode, we covered how the brain is formed and how to understand age-defined, executive function. In this second episode we cover how to protect that brain, the role of dopamine in human development, and something called the hedonic threshold. Don’t panic! Dr. ...

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 In this first episode of a three-part series on brain-based parenting, we are joined by Dr. Crystal Collier, psychotherapist and author of The NeuroWhereAbouts Guide. The idea of brain-based parenting is helping so many parents better understand several important roles they play in their kids’ lives. Understanding this concept can help reduce the risk of underage drinking and drug use and empower brain development as kids move tow...

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Red Ribbon Week, occurring each year at the end of October (23-31), is the nation’s largest and longest-running drug-use prevention campaign. It’s also the perfect time to educate and encourage parents/caregivers and youth to participate in prevention activities nationwide. 

In this episode, our guests are parents motivated to help other parents. Listen as Jamila Robinson, of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), shares more ab...

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September 13, 2022 26 min

People in recovery have unique insights into the dangers and risks of underage drinking and other drug use. In this episode we hear from Ben Cort, a father who is in recovery. Ben talks about the opportunities, the occasional discomfort, and the urgency around how he helped his kids navigate away from drinking and using drugs at an early age. Ben is also in the business of assisting others in his community and around the country to...

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To use or not to use? That is the question! This back-to-school episode explores the opportunity for parents and caregivers to support their kids in making "One Choice" not to use substances (alcohol, marijuana, nicotine and beyond) now and as they start a new school year. Find out how many kids choose not to use today versus when parents were in high school (you’ll be surprised). Also hear from Dr. Caroline Dupont and Cori...

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In this episode hear how one mom approached youth alcohol and other drug use to help raise a very social and substance-free teen. Socialization is an important part of middle and high school development. Getting through it without using substances protects mental health and best prepares adolescents for the next phases of their lives. Find out how this mom did it and how Asian American cultural values shaped her parenting experienc...

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In episode #3, parent guests Becky Savage (525Foundation.org) and Ed Ternan (SongForCharlie.org) share the difficult stories of their children’s opioid overdoses to highlight the importance of youth opioid prevention, safety, and education. Mr. Ternan also discusses the first annual National Fentanyl Awareness Day (fentanylawarenessday.org), which takes place on May 10, 2022. Learn more at talktheyhearyou.samhsa.gov. 

As a reminder,...

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Underage substance use is problematic, but most parents don’t really understand why.  In this episode we speak with Dr. Leslie Walker-Harding to better grasp what we need to know to keep adolescent drug and alcohol use in proper perspective.  Dr. Walker-Harding (@AskTeenDoc) is the Ford/Morgan Endowed Professor, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Associate Dean for the University of Washington. She is also the Chief Acad...

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EPISODE #1: Parenting Through the Holidays, focuses on the many opportunities available during this time of year to discuss the risks of underage drinking and other drug use with kids. You’ll hear directly from three moms with children of various ages providing their unique experiences and how they handle these situations. 

As a reminder, the views expressed here do not necessarily represent the views of SAMHSA or the U.S. Departmen...

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