Welcome to "Intersections", a two part series that takes a look at issues where social challenges and mental health intersects.
Parents of Adult Estranged Kids
John interviews Fe Anam Avis, founder of PEAK, a support system for parents of estranged adult kids. This is a sensitive subject and it doesn’t always end in reconciliation but if you listen to the end, you’ll learn how to live healthy moving forward. A valuable conversation for anyone who is estranged from their children, or know someone who is. We are deeply grateful to Fe for sharing his wisdom with us.
Children, Adolescents, & Social Media
John interviews Dr. Heath Lowman, Social Worker with Beauty for Ashes. Heath and John talk about children, adolescents, and social media. Social media isn't going away. Today we look at he definition of social media, how it affects the developing brain, and how can we, as the adults in their lives, help our youngsters find balance in the ever changing world of social media? We are deeply grateful to Heath for sitting down with us to discuss this growing issue.
Estrangement from a family member is always difficult for everyone involved, but it is especially painful for parents when the relationship with one or more children has been severed. The trauma is as deep and debilitating as injuries from a car accident, but shame and embarrassment make it difficult to seek help. Yet, estrangement is common. If you are a parent of an estranged child, please don’t try to go it alone any longer. Click on the logo for a valuable support network.
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“The most common question parents ask me is, ‘is social media safe for my kids’. The answer is that we don't have enough evidence to say it's safe, and in fact, there is growing evidence that social media use is associated with harm to young people’s mental health,” said U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy. ..... We are in the middle of a national youth mental health crisis, and I am concerned that social media is an important driver of that crisis – one that we must urgently address.”
Click on the social media logo for a page of resources from Dr. Heath Loman.