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Mentor Chat Podcast Season 4

Welcome to Season 4 of our Mentor Chat podcast!  Join TMP'ers Michelle and Ashley for discussion around relationships and youth mental health and well-being.  You'll hear from local and national programs providing critical services to young people and their families.  You'll also gain valuable insight into the role all caring adults can and should play in supporting youth mental health.  Click below to listen or search "Mentor Chat" on all major podcast listening platforms.

S4 E1: MISTY WOODY, ALLEGHENY FAMILY NETWORK

We are excited to kick off Season 4 of Mentor Chat with Misty Woody, Chief Development Officer at Allegheny Family Network. Allegheny Family Network delivers services through individual parent-to-parent support, support groups, parent education opportunities, the Parent Support Line and social events. In this episode, Misty takes a deep dive into the services and resources that are available through the network, but, more importantly, shares an aspiring story of hope and recovery!

This is a very informative episode for parents and guardians, especially those who have lived experience of raising a child with mental health or behavioral health concerns. We invite you to listen in and share with others!

Additional Resources

Allegheny Family Network
Allegheny Family Network Parent Support Line: 1-888-273-2361
PA Parent and Family Alliance Emotional Safety Plan for Parents


S4 E2: DR. STEPHANIE ROMERO, AWAKEN PITTSBURGH

In this episode of Mentor Chat, Dr. Stephanie Romero, Executive Director of
Awaken Pittsburgh, chats with Michelle and Ashley about her personal mindfulness and meditation practices and how they changed the trajectory of her career. She is now
inspiring educators, students, healthcare professionals and organizations to reduce
stress and seek clarity in their daily lives.

Additional Resources
www.awakenpittsburgh.org
Breath Counting Guided Meditation
www.nationalcouncil.org


S4 E3: NICOLE HOMERIN (INCLUSION COMMUNITIES MANAGER) AND KRISTIN HUMPHREY (NATIONAL DISABILITY MENTORING COALITION DIRECTOR), PARTNERS FOR YOUTH WITH DISABILITIES

Nicole Homerin and Kristin Humphrey, from Partners for Youth with
Disabilities share more about the importance of accessibility (specifically disability accessibility)
when it comes to supporting youth mental health and wellbeing. This episode is loaded
with information and resources on how mentors and other caring adults can best
support young people with disabilities. You will learn about the intersection of trauma
and disability, universal design and the recognition of long COVID as a disability. Have
your pen and note pad ready!

Additional Resources
Partners for Youth with Disabilities
MENTOR: Resources for Mentors around Race, Inclusion, and Cultural Respect
MENTOR: Celebrating Disability Inclusion
National Disability Mentoring Coalition: Disability Mentoring Certification
Crisis Prevention Institute: Trauma Handout
Ableism and Racism: Roots of the Same Tree Podcast with Ibram X. Kendi and
Rebecca Coakley
Workforce GPS: Youth Mental Health Resource Guide


S4 E4: YOUTH PANEL FT. CHAVI BECK, ANEESHA KANDALA & GIAVANNA CELLA WITH SARAH PESI AND DEBORAH MURDOCK, JEWISH HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION 

In this special episode, we're talking with young people directly!  As caring adults, sometimes we think we know what’s best for young people, but without including them in the conversation and recognizing them as experts of their lives, do we really have their best interests at heart?  In this episode, three young people share their thoughts and feelings on youth mental health, specifically how adults can offer support through listening and elevating their voices. We are also joined by Sarah Pesi and Deborah Murdock from Jewish Healthcare Foundation, who created a forum for teens to advocate for addressing mental health as a part of health. 

Additional Resources
PA Youth Advocacy Network
Jewish Healthcare Foundation
Everyday Mentoring Tips